Ruu McKinney

Biography

Ruu Mckinney is a freelance writer turned fantasy fiction author. His current projects revolve around his Gemsong Saga series, and include work on new entries as well as a website that expands upon its universe and lore.

In addition to writing, Ruu Mckinney is an avid sportbike and coffee enthusiast. When he is not working to expand his writing portfolio, he can usually be found roaming the mountain roads of Arkansas on his motorcycles, or playing a game online with friends.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
My main focus at the moment is to finish out the current story arc of the Gemsong Saga series. I finished the second book, "A Man Named Zephyr" a few months back, and my current material looks to extend for a total of three to four books. I would also like to finish "Ten Nights", and perhaps compile my short stories from the Candle and Quill series.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While probably not the first story I ever read, reading "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell in early elementary school really left an impact on me. Being abandoned or stranded alone on a remote island would be terrible, regardless of your age, but as a child, there are few things that would be more terrifying. Reading about a child that learns to survive and flourish in conditions that many adults today could not, made me feel inspired.

At an age where most books you read did their best to sugar coat or outright sidestep subjects like death, loss, and loneliness, Island of the Blue Dolphins offered depth and emotion I had never had the pleasure or experiencing before in a book. I remember reading it at least 3 times in a row just because being done with it made me sad.
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Where to find Ruu McKinney online

Series

Gemsong Saga
Zephyr is a young boy forced to flee from his home and the only life he has ever known. When he arrives on the soot-stained isles of the Rubbards, he is taken in by an old man named Arthur and learns that the world is a far harsher place than he ever could have imagined. Beneath the oppressive rule of the very nobility he used to be a part of, Zephyr must make peace with his past and find a way to protect the people he has grown to love, even as the Rubbards teeter on the brink of rebellion. Will the mysterious power that emerges only serve to make him a target? Or will he find the strength in it he needs to change the world?
Candle and Quill
A Monthly collection of commentary, creative writing, short stories, sample novel chapters, and writing tips, penned by author Ruu McKinney

Books

Gemsong Saga: A Man Named Zephyr
Series: Gemsong Saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,160. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Zephyr and Jance find themselves targeted by an unknown foe, their fight to unmask their enemy unravels a chain of events that brings them head to head with the elite of Lutia. As traitors of the past bare their fangs, and the full might of the Nobility is brought against the resistance however, their true powers will emerge to be tested alongside several unlikely allies.
Candle and Quill Monthly Writing Digest Issue 05
Series: Candle and Quill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,240. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Issue 05 of the Candle and Quill includes Chapter 05 of the fantasy-fiction novel "A Boy Named Zephyr", Chapter 05 of the horror-fiction novel "Ten Nights", and exclusive short stories "Pareidolia", "Opal Lagoon part 2", and the third and final chapter of "Signals".
Candle and Quill Monthly Writing Digest Issue 04
Series: Candle and Quill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: American English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Candle and Quill is a monthly writing digest written by author Ruu McKinney. This issue includes tips for combating burnout, chapter 4 of the fantasy-fiction novel "A Boy Named Zephyr", Chapter 4 of the horror-fiction novel "Ten Nights", and exclusive short stories "Last Flight of the Solaris", "Opal Lagoon", and the second part of "Signals".
Candle and Quill Monthly Writing Digest Issue 03
Series: Candle and Quill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The Candle and Quill is a monthly writing digest written by author Ruu McKinney. This issue includes tips for improving the world building of your stories, chapter 3 of the fantasy-fiction novel "A Boy Named Zephyr", Chapter 3 of the horror-fiction novel "Ten Nights", exclusive short stories "Signal", "Eureka", and the third and final part of "Serpent's Coil".
Candle and Quill Monthly Writing Digest Issue 02
Series: Candle and Quill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,610. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The Candle and Quill is a monthly writing digest written by author Ruu McKinney. This issue includes tips for improving your writing and productivity, chapter 2 of the fantasy-fiction novel "A Boy Named Zephyr", Chapter 2 of the horror-fiction novel "Ten Nights", exclusive short stories "Sight" and the second part of the "Serpent's Coil", and the creative work "Refuge", as well as several extras!
Candle and Quill Monthly Writing Digest Issue 01
Series: Candle and Quill. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The Candle and Quill is a monthly writing digest written by author Ruu McKinney. This issue includes tips for staying motivated while writing, chapter 1 of the fantasy-fiction novel "A Boy Named Zephyr", chapter 1 of the horror-fiction novel "Ten Nights", exclusive short stories "The Narrow Road", and "Serpent's Coil, and the creative work "Dandelion", as well as several extras!
Gemsong Saga: A Boy Named Zephyr
Series: Gemsong Saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,360. Language: American English. Published: January 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
When a mysterious power emerges that threatens not only his own safety, but the very foundation of the noble dominion, a young boy named Zephyr finds himself swept up in a journey to unravel the riddles of the past and find a place to belong. As his world teeters on the edge of rebellion, Zephyr will join with the most unlikely of allies in an effort to protect the people he has grown to love.

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