About Tammy Ruggles:
Although I've been writing short stories and fanfiction since the age of 12, my professional writing career didn't start until I was 40, when I became legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and had to retire from my cherished social work career.
Since then I've been published in print and online, with writing credits include Writer's Digest, Disney's Family Fun, FreelanceWriting.com, The Good News Network, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Vox, TheMailOnline, American Profile, Newsmax,The Independent Journal, Country Living, House Beautiful, A Cup of Comfort, AOL Rise, and numerous literary journals, photography publications, and art magazines.
Although I kept my professional writing separate from my fanfiction writing, my newest, and final book, is where the two merge, with the Starsky and Hutch Next Gen Series, Episodes 1-8.
It's a transformative work featuring the sons of the detectives, not the original characters, and is not associated with or endorsed by the original rights holders.
The book follows the lives of Davis Starsky and Kent Hutchinson; not only detectives, but brothers, as their fathers shared a relationship with the same woman.
Writing gives me immense pleasure. It's fun, it's entertaining, and I love telling stories and putting ideas together, whether it's fiction or non-fiction. I don't agonize over the process of writing, or worry about the words I choose. It just flows. If it were a chore, or tedious, I wouldn't do it. I've been writing since I was a young girl, and it comes easy for me; as natural as breathing, sleeping, or eating. It's a hobby that turned into a profession, but when you love what you do, it doesn't seem like work at all.
What inspires you to write?
Telling stories and entertaining others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't do an outline per se. Rather, I have a list of scenes I'd like to write, from beginning to end, and then flesh each scene out as I go. I have an idea of the beginning, middle, and end before I start. With characters, I try to balance them out with both positive and negative traits.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't give up on trying to become a professional writer. Write for yourself, but write in a way that seeks to entertain an audience.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've been published traditionally with a small publisher with a paperback, and self-published at Amazon. There are pros to both, but with as many books as I've written over the years, I must say I'm very fond of the immediacy that Amazon publishing offers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be room for traditional publishing and hard copy books, but I also think eBooks will continue to grow as well. As long as there are writers and readers, book publishing will continue in some fashion.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, detective stories, crime novels, Young Adult, children's books, non-fiction.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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