Welcome Ruth Ellen. Thanks for stopping by and agreeing to answer a few of my questions. J Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I like to plot roughly. I briefly write maybe a sentence for each scene then work through them. I’m happy to switch between plotter and pantser if I’m stuck and I try to just go with the flow. I write very roughly on the first draft then edit a lot!
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I would say misfits (although it certainly wasn’t what the other kids called us). I had two groups of friends, swats and misfits (swats are the clever kids.) I was somewhere in between both, I was weird enough to be a misfit and also worked hard but I never stressed out over exams like the swats did. I was also a bit better at sports than swats… or at least I wasn’t last to be picked.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
I have yet to develop a thick skin but I think that will come in time when I’ve written more books. I’ve only had a couple of negative reviews and they were for completely valid reasons which I’m trying to amend in the novel. They certainly weren’t mean reviews but it’s always hard when someone says they didn’t like it! I just have to remember that not everyone will like what I right (and that’s a good thing!)
Who should play you in a film of your life?
I’m going to shoot high here and say I would love it to be Jennifer Lawrence as long as she could pull off my accent. Is it also okay to say that I want to be her best friend? She’s only a year younger than me and I reckon we’d have a good laugh.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
I think I speak on behalf of all writers when I say that the answer is chocolate. It’s like sanity fuel. It also helps to have supporting family and friends, which I’m lucky enough to have. I find it great that the writing community online is so supportive, I’ve met some amazing writers through social media and I’ve built up my own little community.
What would we find under your bed?
I have boxes full of art stuff: painting, drawing, and craft equipment. I have a half made rag rug which I started a few years ago and I seem to work on over winter (because it’s so lovely and warm to have on my lap!) My bedframe is cast iron Victorian style (almost 100 years old – my great grandma bought it for a sovereign [gold pound coin] for my great uncle who died in WWII) I’m pretty proud of that story! Anyway… the bed is quite high so it’s always been jammed full of stuff underneath. I swear I’m not a hoarder!
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Early mornings don’t bother me much. What I hate is being bothered late at night. My boyfriend knows not to annoy me if I’m trying to sleep as I will go all grizzly on him. He learned the hard way. I was once woken at 1am to help a friend out (which involved my going outside in my pyjamas to look for him).
Ruth is an independent author of young adult fantasy. Born in North Yorkshire she grew up in country Durham, North East England. The hardest thing she has done was to work as an Au pair when she was 18, for 3 lively young boys in Germany. Ruth is training to be a crazy bunny lady, currently owning one overweight lop called Bandit. She'd eventually love to be a fosterer for unwanted rabbits.
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My blog: www.ruthellenparlour.com
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