Today we have the sassy Ruthi Kight for an interview. Sit back and let’s dig deep to find out more about this amazing author!
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’ve always loved to write, but when I was a kid I seriously wanted to be a rock star. I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but hey, I was gonna be awesome! LOL When I got older, I wrote all the time. I tried my hand at screen writing...that was a bust, lol. I’ve tried quite a few things, but writing books is what has made me happy. I don’t think I could do anything else now and be content in life.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I still don’t take myself seriously most of the time. When people ask me my profession, I get shy and whisper “author.” Maybe one day I’ll feel like it’s real, but right now, it’s still feels like a dream.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I self published Knotted Roots. So, it didn’t take long at all, lol. I started writing it in January of this year and it was released at the end of March. It was so fast! If I could have done things differently, I would. I feel like it was all so rushed.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I do! I’m a full-time Mom and a full-time student. Being a Mom is my main career, lol. My soon-to-be six year old keeps me on my toes 24/7. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My newest is Burn Out. Less than 20 words? Hmmmm….I’d have to say “Burn Out is about a young woman’s journey to find the truth and to finally live life.” Yeah...I don’t do summaries very well! LOL
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self publish. I’m considering submitting my next book to a small publisher, which I’m very excited about!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Most of the time, about a month. For the paranormal I’m working on, the idea has been forming for almost three years. I want it to be perfect, so I’m not rushing it. But most of the time, it’s about a month, depending on my muse and if she cooperates, lol.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I want to try all kinds of books. I’m a horror fanatic, so I want to try my hand at that one day. And something geared more in suspense and action. I could never walk away from the romance stuff, but I really want to branch out and have some fun with other genres that I enjoy reading.
What genre would you place your books into?
Knotted Roots and Hidden Falls are Young Adult Romance/Coming of Age. Burn Out I would consider to be New Adult, simply because of the age of the main character and the sexual content within the book.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love Young Adult books. I may be on the verge of 30, but I love that genre. Burn Out was an experiment. I have a potty mouth in real life, so being able to let loose in the book was a freeing feeling. But I think I may have overdone it….lol.
Do you have a favorite character from your books?And why are they your favorite?
Delia from Burn Out, definitely. She’s just so out there and fun. I had a great time writing her and getting to know her. She’s guarded, but speaks her mind.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Actually putting pen to paper and getting down to business? I’d have to say almost three years. That’s when I first decided that I would follow my dream. It was right after my mother died in 2010. That’s when I had the first idea for the paranormal that I’m working on right now.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I blast the music! LOL It’s usually pretty terrible music too, lol. The people in my house hate when I hit the zone. I take up the entire couch, I spread out, and make tons of noise. I’m pretty obnoxious when I write! LOL
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Sure, I’ll read them. There’s a lot that I can learn from them. But people are allowed to have their own opinion of my books. If they don’t like it, I’m okay with it. If they do, great. Either way, just them taking the time to share their thoughts makes me happy! Even if it’s a one star! LOL
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It depends. Burn Out had a title before it was done, but Knotted Roots didn’t, lol. It really just depends. I have no set course of action for this stuff, lol.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Names are sooo much fun! I usually google and find names that interest me. I’ll play around with them until the perfect one hits me. As far as the places, I use fictional cities in South Carolina most of the time. Of course, that’s going to change in the future, but being from SC it’s a little bit easier to capture the true essence of a place when you live right there. Makes it more real, at least to me.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Names come first. Always. At least with characters. I think a character or place’s name has a lot to do with its attitude or makeup. It’s the age old question, What’s in a name?
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
That’s a before habit. The characters are living and breathing in my head before I start writing. They’re one of the most fun parts of writing! I get to make imaginary friends who I can talk to in my head! Okay...that sounds kinda bad...lol.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I wouldn’t say hidden morals, but for Knotted Roots, it was about finding “home” and learning the true meaning of family. That’s a big thing in my life. For Burn Out, it was more about following your heart and doing what you think is best. Not following the crowd.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
OMG I’m a paperback hoarder! LOL I love ebooks because I can read them in bed, but if I can have it in paperback, I will. There’s nothing that compares to the feel of a book in your hands. Best smell ever too!
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. I cried like a little baby. There were so many parts of it that hit home and I could relate to. It has been months since I first read it, and I could still tell you what happens. That’s saying a lot cause I have the worst memory in the world! LOL
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is your favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I don’t think the movies will ever be able to capture the true essence of a book. My favorite adaptation would have to be The Hunger Games. Worst? I’ll get shot for this...but Twilight, lol. The book was amazing...the movie...not so much. I’m still waiting to see City of Bones! Hmm...weekend plans!!
Your favorite food is?
Anything Mexican, lol. Especially fajitas. Or tamales! I could go on forever...and now I’m hungry...darn it!
Your favorite singer/group is?
P!nk, for sure. She’s epic! She keeps it real in her music and also gives it a spiffy dance beat! LMAO I said spiffy...I need a nap….
Your favorite color is?
LOL Pink :)
Your favorite Author is?
Jane Austen. I know, people always say that, but seriously, Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book. I’ve read it over 100 times! LOL
That’s it peeps. remember to check out today’s book blitz to find out more about Ruthi and her novel.