Debut Author Spotlight: Ruth Ware

We love discovering new authors, and as the summer’s over, we’re in the mood for a suspenseful mystery. So when we discovered Ruth Ware‘s debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, which earned an RT Top Pick! It’s the story of a woman who attends the bridal shower of her long estranged best friend, only to wake up days later in the hospital. Our interest was piqued, and we wanted to know more. So we’re happy to introduce Ruth to everyone. Hi, Ruth! 

Name: Ruth Ware

Book: In a Dark, Dark Wood

Genre: Psychological thriller

Series: Nope

Current Home: London

Author Icon: Josephine Tey

Favorite Word: Mum

Was this the first full-length novel you ever wrote? No, I’ve been writing novel-length things since I was about 12 or 13. Most of them went under the bed, for good reason though!

Tell us about your day job (current or former). I’m mostly a full-time writer now, but my most recent job was as a book publicist, which you would think would be more handy than it is, but it turns out it’s much easier to talk about other people’s books than your own!

How did you start writing? I started off telling long episodic stories to my little sister, then I began to write some of them down, and gradually they got longer and longer until I realised I was writing “real” books.

What was it like when you got “The Call”? The moment that stands out most clearly in my mind is when my agent said she wanted to rep me — it was actually an email, but she said she’d like to meet up with a view to discussing representation and I remember dancing around the living room!

What’s your favorite paragraph in In a Dark, Dark Wood? Oh blimey – that’s hard. It’s like being asked what you like most about your child! I’m not sure … I really like the beginning, but I guess if I had to pick a few lines … maybe this one? It kind of sums up Nora’s dilemma and self-doubt.

The brain doesn’t remember well. It tells stories. It fills in the gaps, and implants those fantasies as memories.

I have to try to get the facts …

But I don’t know if I’m remembering what happened — or what I want to have happened. I am a writer. I’m a professional liar. It’s hard to know when to stop, you know? You see a gap in the narrative, you want to fill it with a reason, a motive, a plausible explanation.

And the harder I push, the more the facts dissolve beneath my fingers …

In a Dark, Dark Wood is on sale now, in stores and online. You can get your copy on Amazon, Barnes Noble, Kobo or iBooks, or find a copy at your neighborhood bookstore on IndieBound. And to meet other debut authors, click here.

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