Ruth lives in Manchester, although she travels frequently over the Pennines to her native Yorkshire. Ruth has always worked in the arts, from Opera North, Harrogate Theatre-in-Education Company to Emmerdale. Her attitude of saying ‘yes’ to offers means Ruth has worked in places from Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Scotland to Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She always wanted to be an actor and studied English and Drama at Chester University, appearing as Nell Gwynne, a nun and Madame from Jean Genet’s The Maids in her final year. Acting stood her in good stead for her writing, co-writing a day long performance/workshop, The Ghost in the Machine, for Harrogate T.I.E before moving to television and becoming a scriptwriter on the BBC puppet animated series, Bob the Builder. However, it seemed acting wasn’t to be as she was drawn increasingly to writing.
Since a young age, Ruth had always made up her own worlds and characters and eventually, this love of writing won out and she wrote the novel, Meeting Coty, based on her great aunt who worked in the perfume industry in the 1920s, published by Kings Hart Books in 2007. She self-published her second novel, Erosion, whilst working as an Associate Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University on the BA (Hons) Film and Contemporary Video Degree Course. Ruth’s first YA novel, Jiddy Vardy, will be published by ZunTold on 21st of June 2018, and she is currently working on her second YA novel, The Monster Belt.
I’ll be talk to Ruth about her novels, and we’ll be chatting about all things creative writing. And, of course, Ruth will be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
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