Interview with Ruby Knight

rubyWhat do you love about being an author?

How much time do you have? Is there a character limit? Kidding, well I actually started out submitting my work to agents traditionally- slush pile land. I read and re-read Stephen King’s book On Writing and I made a lot of writing/author friends. I really started to believe in myself after attending a writers conference in New York City a few years ago. Two months after that conference I wrote the first draft of The Sway. It got a lot of TLC, before one of my critique partners suggested I submit it to Penner Publishing and I did. Without an agent, I was going through a divorce in my personal life so I kind of forgot I submitted it. When I got the call for acquisition I was shocked and stoked and literally was jumping up and down outside my classroom. (I teach sophomore US History) That’s where we are now, and I’m here with you. :)

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Ummm… I’m going to have to say Rowan, from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re welcome.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Cole: Scott Eastwood
Julia: Chloe Moretz
Mikey: Dave Franco
Hank: Eric Dane

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?sway-knight-ebook-300x464

Sexy leads who are blood hungry monsters.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’m dying to live as an heiress in Downton Abbey. Yes please!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Be who you are, without apology. People will like you and hate you and it will usually have nothing to do with you– and everything to do with them. So don’t seek to impress others, be blissfully happy doing you.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I can choose a superhero, right? Because I would totally be Black Widow. She’s bad ass and sexy. Hello girl crush.

Where do you write best?

Outside on my patio.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I finished the Pierce Brown…Red Rising series– Morning Star, yeah amazing brilliant writing. Also, Pierce Brown is single. Someone please get me a date with him!

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Actually I am writing a historical fiction piece right now, that I’m feeling totally out of my realm, because I have no supernatural elements in it at all. When I’m not writing the sequel to the Classified series that is.

Where can fans find you online?

You can interact with me most on my Twitter @rubewrites !
I’m also on Facebook, Goodreads, and you can check my website too, http://www.ruby-knight.com/ …but honestly I am the worst at updating that See-no-evil monkey

Thank you

5 TV and Movie Gems

nightI recently joined Netflix and have been spending hot English nights watching random movies and TV shows. We don’t get many hot nights here – so I’m making the most of them in my own way! So, I had to put a brief post together to let you know about some of the little gems I’ve found on there and encourage you all to watch them at your leisure. Please note you don’t have to watch them specifically on Netflix – but if you are a member, they are all on there.

We are the Night

A shockingly good German vampire movie that gives you everything a blood sucking movie should, and more. Normally I’d stay away from subtitled movies – after all, if I wanted to read, I’d pick up a book! But I saw it had a good rating and thought, why not. I’m so happy I did. It’s a fantastically epic story that really takes a good ol’ bite out of the vampire mythos. Well scripted, directed and acted, even the soundtrack was good.

Lost in Austen.

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An ITV series that throws a sassy 21st century girl, Amanda Price,

head first into Jane Austen’s book Pride & Prejudice. In 4 parts (so is about 4 hours long) it is funny and poignant. If you like Downton Abbey and any of the period dramas currently beingunceremoniously spewed forth by British TV, then settle in to see what would happen if Mr Darcy hadn’t meet Elizabeth Bennett. My favourite line in this is when Amanda talks about how ‘bum crushingly correct’ she will be from now on when she starts destroying Austen’s plot lines. Of course, she can’t help interfering, she does have an inside track about the people she’s with – or does she?

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Legion.

Angels and demons at their best. Creepy ice cream men and scary old ladies. The apocalypse has come and God has turned his back on us mortals, only one baby can save us and Gabriel has been sent to murder him. Fortunately Paul Bettany steps up in the guise of arch-angel Michael and equips a random groupof survivors with a police car full of guns and the knowledge that demons are now possessing the weak willed – Crap, With my Ben & Jerry’s will power, I’d be the first to get possessed! A fab action movie with lots of gore and twists.

Kate & Leopold.

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Not only does this feature my favourite hunky actor, Hugh Jackman, but it also weaves an amazing time travel romance which is so easy to watch, you’ll forget the time! Okay, Meg Ryan looks like she’s done something unfortunate to her lips, but she’s still the bumbling romantic lead we (all of us of a certain age) have come to identify with. Grab a bucket of ice cream and enjoy… there goes that will power again!

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Day of the Triffids.

I remember the very old British series of this, where the killer plants would only catch you while you were laughing too much at them to move out of their way! This updated version though does do an excellent job of making these alien carnivorous  plants scary. It has a kind of Dr Who feel to it and features one of my all-time favourite actors Eddie Izzard (who, in my opinion, should have been the new Dr Who!)  It has a lot of social commentary going on too and a few politically correct plot lines – overall definitely worth a watch!

 Black Mirror – Season 1 – Episode 2 – 15 Million Merits.

The Black Mirror series was Charlie Brooker’s Twilight Zone style story compilation. And by far, after seeing them all, I felt that this was the best episode. Based around a strange factory style place that has young adults cycling on static machines (one would presume for capturing energy) to gain them credits for

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food, entertainment and useless junk to make their lives feel complete – sound familiar? Once they reach 15 million, they have a chance to buy a ticket to audition for a talent show and get themselves out. The whole thing was so clever and thought provoking, that I really can’t say any more for fear of ruining for you, so needless to say just watch it.

So there you go, at least 9 hours of watching some excellent TV – let me know what you think about them…