The Bridges Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Hague Publishing
Date of Publication: 31 January 2015
Number of pages: 175 pages
Word Count: 55,000
Cover Artist: Ruth Fox
In 'The City of Silver Light', Keira Leichman spent the night lost in a wild snowstorm that struck Cassidy Heights. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she's been having strange dreams since the accident, and now she's stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds Jake's telescope, and is drawn across the Bridge of Ice to Shar.
Now Keira is marooned in the City of Silver Light with Daniel, Jake’s younger brother, with no way to get home. But that is the least of their worries, for the secrets they discover in Shar are more dangerous than Kiera could ever have imagined. And the fate of both their worlds are in their hands.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
As the child of two artist parents, I would always be asked ‘Are you going to be an artist when you grow up?’ I loved to shake my head. ‘I’m thinking of joining the air force,’ I would reply. ‘I want to fly fighter planes.’
The truth was, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be. I was always drawing and painting, but I didn’t want to be an artist just because my parents were! I wanted to be recognised on my own terms! To that end, I pursued every other possibility – becoming a vet (this didn’t work because while I love cats, I have a mortal fear of dogs); joining the army (this wouldn’t work, since I can’t swim!); and finally, graphics. I was going to be a Graphic Designer, I decided – they earn a fair bit of money.
However, I when failed to get into this course at university, I reconsidered the writing that had previously been only a fun, enjoyable passtime. For the first time I seriously considered that I could do it, and I’m glad I did.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I signed the contract for my first book, ‘The City of Silver Light’. This was the defining moment for me, and I will remember it forever!
How long did it take to get your first book published?
A long time. So many times I considered giving up, throwing out my laptop and never writing another word! ‘The City of Silver Light’ was the only book I’d actually completed at that stage – all the others were maybe half-finished at best – and though I loved it, it was just sitting there, gathering dust… Still, it was worth the wait. For me, it was all about finding the right publisher, and I’ve done just that!
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I do have another job. Though I hope to earn a living from writing one day, I also work as a freelancer. The jobs I do vary from client to client, but I mainly work with art and illustrations, colourising, formatting and preparing them for use on websites.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
My publisher is Hague Publishing. They have a wonderful range of speculative fiction books, written by very talented authors! You can check them out at http://www.haguepublishing.com/
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It can vary greatly. I’ve written a book in two months from the initial idea to the finish – but that was working night and day, stopping only for meals and a few hours of sleep. Other books have a much longer gestation – I think the longest has been 6 years!
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
You can definitely expect to see more fantasy from me. It’s my favourite genre! I have also written and illustrated a picture book for children, and I’m working on a series for middle-grade readers.
I’m also working with my husband on a comic book series called ‘Outbreak’. You can read it for free here: http://www.sinars-studios.com/outbreak.php
You can stay up-to-date with my upcoming projects and news via my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuthFoxAuthorandArtist
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I can write anywhere, as long as it’s quiet, but I prefer to be at home at my desk with my computer. I have everything set up perfectly, from the height of the chair (I’m very short!) to the angle of the keyboard, to having Chrome open in the background for when I need to take a quick break and check Facebook!
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Definitely. I love to know what people think, whether they like the story or the characters, and whether anything can be improved.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
That’s an interesting question! The character names and place names often just seem to come as I’m writing. Usually they fit the story perfectly, and it’s only rarely that I need to change them.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Oh, it’s so hard to answer this one! I love so many books, for so many different reasons! If I had to pick one, it would probably be ‘Ship of Magic’ by Robin Hobb. I loved this book, and the ‘Liveship Trader’ series, so intensely! I’ve read the whole series five times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I’ve never watched a movie that I thought was better than the book. Although I’ve got to say, I think they’ve done a great job with ‘The Hunger Games’ movies. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is probably the best adaptation I’ve seen of a book so far – though it was sorely lacking in the characters of Tom Bombadil and Lady Goldberry!
Your favorite food is?
Cheesecake. If there is one food left in the world after the apocalypse, I hope it’s cheesecake.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I like a variety of music, from punk rock to alternative. My all-time favourite group is a band called Brand New.
Your favorite color is?
Green! When I was younger, everything green belonged to me. It was ‘my colour’. Seriously. I was obsessive. I think I actually belted my brother up once because he claimed a book with a green cover as his.
Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing in 2006. Her other published works include “Monster-boy: The Lair of the Grelgoroth”, Book 1 of the Monster-boy Series, and “Sand Dog”, an illustrated picture book for younger readers. Both are available from Amazon.com.
Ruth has been an avid reader her entire life and, inspired by the books that engrossed her as she was growing up, she aims to create stories that can draw readers in and enthral them for days or weeks. She writes every day and lives in Ballarat, Victoria, with her partner, her cat, and an ever-expanding library of books.