Interview with Ruth Reynolds

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Sydney Australia and have always been interested in the history of this country, so much of what I write covers this subject.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ian Rankin, Martin Cruz Smith, Sara Paretsky, Armistead Maupin - the list is too long to mention here.
What are you working on next?
I have a completed novel almost ready for publishing - tentatively called Transitions. It is set in Australia and England covering the period from 1941 to 1958 - the story of one family in those unsettled times, focusing mainly on the women in the family and how they dealt with the problems that life handed them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about my cat Nicky when I was about 6 or 7.
What is your writing process?
Haphazard.
What do you read for pleasure?
Virtually anything - mainly fiction, leaning towards detective/thrillers - but I also love to read history, both ancient and modern.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote on and off all my life, but never thought of keeping anything or publishing. It was only when a friend who had just published her first book urged me to keep going and to try for publication myself that I kept going and tried for publication.
How much of your life is reflected in your writing.
Many of the places I mention are known to me and in the case of my published work One Step at a Time much of my mother's early life is reflected there. Although the outcome of the story is very different from fact, much of the content is based on real historical events and real locations.
Published 2016-07-09.
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