Ruth Morse is the author of the upcoming book “Fireflies Glow In The Dark”. Her book is coming out July 2018.
1. What first inspired you to write ?
My grandpa had a huge library full of classic literature and detective stories like Agatha Christie’s or James Hadley Chase’s. When I was a kid, my brother and I used to visit my grandparents in Ukraine in summer; the weather was so hot we’d wake up at five, go for a walk to Dnieper river and back (always the same route), and then stay at home until dawn. No Internet, no Netflix. We would read whole days through, devouring books with eagerness and pleasure. At the end of the day, we’d discuss what we read, spending our evenings on these conversations. That’s when I had started my first diary which lead to more diaries and, eventually, writing my own stories.
2. How do people react when you tell them you’re an author ?
I’m very lucky I get to know so many supportive, kind people who always take the news with excitement and enthusiasm. Their interest in my profession and my book is extremely inspiring. I feel so grateful.
3. Which authors inspire you ?
F. Fitzgerald, E. Remarque, A. Camus, J. London, F. Dostoevsky, A. Chekhov. I’ve loved these great writers from my early teenage years. You see, I’m a big fan of classics.
4. What is the best book you have read recently ?
I’d say “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara is the book I find myself returning to in my thoughts long after having read it. I love the way Hanya Yanagihara broke all these stereotypes about how to write books and showed that writing a book is about listening to yourself and staying away from the rules.
5. What did you research for your book?
Actually, I had to look up how to make a joint. Not with a machine but with your hands only. I was amazed by how many ways of making a joint are out there. Very enlightening.
6. Where did the idea of the book came from ?
I sat down at my desk, took a deep breath… and started to write. That was only in the process of writing that I realized I was adding so much from my own life to the story. On the emotional level mostly, though there sure is some resemblance with my own life experience. In no time, the story became intimate to me and extremely important. It felt like I was developing and growing up along with the main character, Lana. If I met Lana in life, I’m sure we’d become really close friends.
7.Do you read all of your book reviews and ,if you do,how do you react to them ?
I love reading my book reviews. That’s just something that gives me the understanding of where I’m heading. It shows the truth about my work and that’s exactly what I need. I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t take negative reviews close to heart, but that’s what I signed up for choosing the writer’s path. Dealing with critique is an important aspect of the profession.
8. What other authors are you friends with and how did that help you with your writing ?
I have two dear friends who share my passion for literature and are always there for me when I need any help with my work. Sydney Faith, an extremely talented writer and also my critique partner who I found by chance in Instagram and honestly, couldn’t be happier I did. Her debut fantasy novel is on the last round of edits so I can’t wait to see it published. Justin Jay Gladstone, the kind and supportive soul, who doesn’t mind listening to my never-ending talks about my novel and is kind enough to offer extremely generous help with everything, starting from late night talks about writing and ending with his neat proofread of some of the parts of my novel. His first novel in The Other Side series is available on Amazon for preorders now. You can find Sidney and her beautiful work in Instagram as sydfaithbooks, and more info about Justin’s upcoming novel in his Instagram profile theothersideeb.
9. What is your best memory as a writer ?
There’re so many, really. The joy of finishing the last chapter of my novel (I didn’t know back then that I’d spend ridiculous amount of time editing the whole thing, so yeah, I was madly happy). The relief and rush of the infinite gratefulness when I received the first review and it happened to be positive. These memories are something that makes you go on when it seems you’re not worth it.
10. What are your favorite under appreciated novels ?
The first that pops into my mind is the novel Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris. I heard it didn’t find much success. Joanne Harris writes beautifully, in perfect rivulets of delicate descriptions and in pastel, almost ethereal, tones. I know this book has it’s weaknesses like clear structure, story flow, or characters logic. But that writing was worth to be witness by far more readers.
11. Have you ever experienced writers block ?
No, not yet, though it sure can happen and in that case, I imagine I’d be writing about how badly I struggle to write.
12. Do you have anything to say to your readers ?
Leave your hearts open and your minds busy seeking beauty in the world.
13. Can you describe your book in three words ?
Intimate, Loved, Ambiguous
14. What is one of your favorite quotes ?
“And at the instant he knew, he ceased to know.” Martin Eden by Jack London.