Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.
What inspires you to write?
It’s only when I’m writing that I’m truly at peace. It’s the only time I feel I’d rather not be doing anything else. I guess that says it all.
Tell us about your writing process.
For me the story comes first. Fleshing out the basic idea, the twists and turns, the ending. Post-its continue to carry my through this process. I’ve tried a hand at scrivener (and it is pretty good) I just found my old method much too convenient. Then come the characters, their flaws, their quirks. These keep changing as and when the writing progresses. But at the end of it all, it’s just the number of hours I can carve out from a day that ultimately determine when a book will finally take shape on my desk.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I usually use well-known protagonists or even celebrities who resemble my main characters to ease my connection with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it. One word after another. Never stop.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my book. I would advise new authors to go with it as well. If you think you’re not into marketing or self-promotion, then think again because even with a traditional publisher you’ll have to go through all of it on your own. So really, don’t be shy of the efforts on publicity self-publishing requires. The grass is not much greener on the other side!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With more and more well-established writers going for self-publishing, the market’s just heating up. I guess the future holds a scenario where more authors will realize how much more beneficial it is to self-publish and where publishers will realize how much more important it is too evolve and move with the times.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?