Interview with James Ruby

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Westward Ho! It is the first I remember mainly because hitchhiking around the country with my mother, didn't allow for a lot of excess things to pack. As I recall, it was my way of being someone else without having to actually leave wherever we were at at the time.
How do you approach cover design?
I related the story to a very talented artist, with some ideas of main features of the book. She did the rest.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have to say Westward Ho, because it was my first. I suppose Tom Sawyer would have to be included, although I didn't get to finish it when we left that town, and that school. Mickey Spillane would have to be included since for three years ever young boy desired to be Micky, course that ended for me in 1950. Animal Farm was a selection as my first experience in 'Speed Reading' class. The rest have been education motivated for degrees and licenses required in my life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Actually, nothing! Most of my time reading is centered on learning, however, I do greatly enjoy hearing many stories my wife reads, and reflects to me during our special time together in the evenings.
Describe your desk
My writing companion is a Mac Pro, which sits on my old desk I had when I did a lot of creating in line with my job as a Property Manager. There isn't much there, and the evenings are spent alongside my wife, in bed, where she reads on her Apple Air, and when time allows, she also is the editor of my novels.
When did you first start writing?
Thirty years ago, to rid myself of a lot of anger! That novel was rejected by many of the old standard publishers. It was set aside and I didn't begin again until I started writing articles for an industry magazine as a contributor . After retirement, I spend most of the time with research, writing and learning.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Finding out about how fragile the mind is when subjected to tragedy. It covers many of life's pitfalls, including addiction, betrayal and such, but finds redemption. Much of what I write is based on knowledge and experience.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Realizing what a benefit it had become for my wife, an avid reader, to have such availability in buying and reading her books online that with professional assistance such as Smashwords, to guide me, I could achieve what was impossible those many years ago.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In so many ways, it would be impossible to tally. The main reason I now feel confidant in writing is because Smashwords allowed me to actually receive acknowledgement as a published author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that at my age, I can still contribute to those reading and hopefully enjoying my adventures in the fictional, yet sometime realistic world we live in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It used to be the challenge of a new day where I could make things happen. As an owner of a business, and later as a Property Manager, each new day brought challenges of personalities, structure, or rewards following a successful venture.
The same challenges exist to day, although retired, Life is always full of adventures, especially when I am writing a new novel and having my wife of 63 years editing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking with Mary, doing my best to beat her in chess, or researching for my next novel. These days, I find the Social Media a real challenge and I am studying to improve my skills.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Only too well! In my mid 3o's I had people tell me my life was a real adventure story, which went straight to my EGO, and I began to write a self help book. The results of that 'Flight of Fancy' brought me back to reality, showing me that writing was something one does not toy with, because it will come back to haunt you someday!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Having had an adventurous youth, moving like a vagabond from state to state, town to town, hitch hiking with my Mother, I grew up fast, but not without some difficulties. From age 6 until I married, life was somewhat a condition of existence, allowing me to act as an individual, making decisions and taking care of myself, from an early age. We would hit a new town, where she would find a job, as a very good waitress, and from eight years old, I would canvas the neighborhood soliciting landscaping jobs. Weeding , lawns mowed, dig a ditch, it didn't matter cause in those days, it was not a strange site to see a young man looking for work. In my 80 plus years, and 63 years of marriage, I have found many experiences valuable in writing. In my novels there are situations or challenges that are right from my own background. From picking cotton in Texas to working in a copper mine in Nevada, or sharping ice skates in Minnesota , all have places in my novels.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are a great source of personal satisfaction to Mary and I, myself as a writer, and her as an editor. We have a fun time discussing the senerios of the story. Her ideas have a lot of merit because of her extensive reading for many years. When a fan gives a good review it is elating to both us. The encouragement a fan gives is not only when they write about something they enjoyed, but also when they bring up something we may have missed. The people who read my stories are given the instrument of being entertained, and my task is to give them the enjoyable story.
Published 2017-08-11.
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Books by This Author

Redemption on the Gulf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,420. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Whether you’ve read Ruby’s novel, ”Death by the Jaguar ”, or not, you will enjoy the sequel ”Redemption on the Gulf”,which takes you on another boating adventure, this time on the Gulf of Mexico, with many twists on forgiveness. FYI - It will be a lot more fun to read ”Jaguar” first, but not essential.
Death by the Jaguar
Price: $3.99 $2.03 USD. (49% off until Oct. 15, 2019!) Words: 89,380. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Wounded veteran, returning home, planned a new life with the woman he would marry. A barrage of mortar shells changed all that! Vickie brought him back from despair to begin a new life, have his Son, and enjoy life. His world is forever changed when his wife, and son are taken from him violently. Follow his grisly punishments designed only for those responsible and the final explosive ending
Tears of Remembrance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,190. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Despite challenges of life towards Andre’s  future. When his wife, Desire, dies in childbirth, it leaves him with resentment towards the newborn son. Andre’s death leaves the boy, with little exposure to the vineyard business, making him vulnerable to a cunning woman, eventual marriage, resulting in love, hate, and addictions. His fight back reveals the possibility for redemption and forgiveness.