My fans mean the world to me. I get so many messages on Facebook and on my blog from fans who love NYPD's Detective Sergeant Finkel Macaulay and the FBI's Supervisory Special Agent Nick Benson, and often ask me if they will stay together! It helps that Finkel and Nick are so sexy and passionate, and enjoy being physical with each other. I introduced a new character, Mike Sabrini, who is a Crime Scene Investigator who becomes infatuated with Finkel, and the fans went wild ! Some of them told me in no uncertain terms that Finkel belongs with Nick ! I found it so incredible that my fans are already so invested in my characters. I love to hear from fans at my Facebook Page Author Ruby Binns-Cagney because it's important to me to connect with them, and give them the enjoyment of my books they seek.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, with my Mac in one corner, a Tiffany lamp, a printer, and a jug of decaff. It's right by a large window so I can see trees and get a lot of daylight. If I'm outlining a novel I'll also have a jar of gummy bears, and a bowl of cherries on standby.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first fictional short story book on paper aged sixteen. I showed it to my classmates, and told them to look out for it to be published. Of the friends who read the book, they all said it was fantastic. It gave me a real confidence boost. It wasn't until much later in life that I got around to being a self-published Author due to extensive travel and career plans. I gained certification as a Life and Relationship Coach, and write relationship self-help books alongside fiction.
How do you approach cover design?
I often have a strong vision of what the cover will look like, and then I start sketching the elements, like what kind of typeface the title will be etc. When I actually create the first draft of the cover after either drawing or sourcing images, I often end up with something resembling my vision, but I always design everything to do with my books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When the muse isn't calling me, I can be found working with clients over Skype offering distance Reiki healing. I turned to reiki healing after excruciating back pain almost drove me to distraction. No form of pain relief could touch the level of pain I had, and then I learnt how to heal my body without resorting to pain medication, and now I help others to heal themselves via reiki healing energy. It's amazing because every time I help someone to heal, I'm also helping myself to heal.
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