About Ruby Blaylock:
Ruby Blaylock (a pen name) was born and raised in a small southern town much like the one that features in her Carly Keene cozy mysteries. She spends her days chasing kids, cats and dogs around the house, that is, when she’s not sitting at her computer, diligently writing her next adventure.
Ruby believes that you can never be too kind or too happy, so she strives to be both in excess every day. She hopes you enjoy her stories and maybe they’ll give you a taste of small town life, without the dead bodies, of course.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I believe that stories need to be told. We need to keep the tradition of storytelling alive, and that means stories about all kinds of people, places and things. I like quirkiness, and I try to recreate some of the wonderfully unique people that I’ve met throughout the years as characters in my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
Mysteries need a little outlining to keep all the details straight, but I try to be both pantser and planner because I find that it makes the story feel more authentic that way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I like to hear my characters’ dialogue out loud, so I’ll often just hold conversations between two or more characters out loud, doing all the voices, when I’m alone. Otherwise, I get strange looks from friends, family and people on the street.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn as much as you can about your craft, never stop learning. Don’t wait until it’s ‘perfect’ to publish it; you can always go back and make changes later. Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who want to see you fulfil your dreams.
Never give up!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose self-publishing because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the process. I don’t like the idea of my stories waiting for someone else to say whether they’re ‘good enough’ to see the light of day; I’d rather let my readers decide that!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I definitely think self-publishing will continue to grow, and traditional publishers will have to alter their process if they want to continue to get the best and brightest authors under contract. Self-publishing puts the ball firmly in the author’s court, and although it can be perceived as more time-consuming for authors, it can also be more financially rewarding.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: cozy mystery, women’s fiction, southern humor
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.