Amanda Taber is the debut author of Ruby, and today she's her to answer a few of my questions.
What are three words that would best describe you newest book Ruby?
Captivating, special and enjoyable.
Describe your main character Ruby in one sentence.
A beautiful girl who is about to discover who she really is.
If you could offer Ruby advice, what would you say?
Don’t be afraid to be everything that you can be and learn to fly! I always wanted to be able to do that, but alas I’m not a witch like Ruby.
What was your favorite aspect of writing Ruby?
Discovering her story as I wrote it. The story seemed to unfold without much thought; like it was writing itself and it was awesome.
What makes Ruby a book teens should pick up?
You can truly get lost in the story but it’s also very easy to read. It doesn’t have huge descriptive scenes it just flows along at a great pace.
Is there a specific message you hope readers of Ruby take from it?
It’s okay to be different; in fact it’s more than okay. Be different, it ROCKS! If only I had known that when I was a teen..YIKES! I could have saved myself a lot of heartache.
How did the title Ruby come to be?
It’s the heroines name and originally it was just the working title so I could locate it easily on my computer but then it just kind of stuck and now each of the girls stories are titled after their first names.
What aspect of the writing process do you find the most challenging?
Sore eyes from sitting in front of my computer for so long!
Get up, get my two oldest kids ready for school., drop them off, back home with my little boy who’s three, entertain him so I can write for a couple of hours, make him lunch, play with him, write a bit more, pick up the older kids from school and then maybe write some more then dinner, bedtime and an early night for me. To be a writer you HAVE to be dedicated and make time to do write otherwise the story stagnates and may never get written- that’s how it works for me anyway.
If you could have lunch with any fictional character out there who would you pick? Why?
I have to choose two I’m afraid. Sean Courtney, the hero from Wilbur Smith’s Courtney family series of books. I’d make the lunch in Africa and then force him to take me on a huge game hunt for weeks afterwards; sleeping under the African stars. (Only imaginary of course, that way no animals get hurt!) And Sherlock Holmes as I’m sure I was a private detective in a past life and I’d love to learn from the master himself.
Did you always want to be an author or was there a specific moment when you decided, “I want to be author!”?
I was always good at writing but kind of took a long way to get to the point where I actually wanted to sit down and devote myself to a book. I always admired writers for the dedication it took to write and now I’m one myself!
What’s up next for you book-wise?
I am writing; always writing. I am working on the next books in this series and I’m also a third of the way into a book about a girl who sees ghosts and it’s a really cool story, one of my favorites. I am aiming to finish all the books by the end of the year…hmmm, may be a tad ambitious but that’s me!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
All I want is for whoever picks up any of my books to remember them after they’ve finished reading them and recommend them to others who they think might also enjoy them. That’s how I gauge if a book is good or not, if for a week or two after, I’m still thinking about it.
Stay tuned, there are many more stories coming from me in the future.
Ruby on Amazon/ FictionWise