My new book is actually a collection of short stories called 'Who Likes Short Shorts?' I've included samples of all my other books, so hopefully people will enjoy the stories and reading a little bit about how I came to write them... Most of my writing is done on the day I sit down. I have ideas in my head but rarely make notes of them. During the writing process, I’ll leave little notes for myself, but not before.
I wanted to write something for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers but I didn't think I could as I've been in too much of a dark place these last few weeks with my own suffering from the repercussions of sexual violence. I wanted to go to London to stand in solidarity with sex workers and allies to mark this day, but for the same reasons, tonight, I couldn't do that either. Then I felt selfish wrapped up with my own pain when tonight there will be women in the sex trade who will be raped, who will be beaten and some will be murdered. So I have to say this...
Through my writing, I share my mistakes and my successes. I share my strength, my faith, my thoughts and my actions... Expressing myself through quotes became a daily duty... This fact brought my first published book called ‘THE BOOK’ made up by 231 quotes...and is a self-help spiritual book of true thoughts, phrases, lessons, inspirations, love and identification. The quotes aim to enlighten and inspire.
I have seriously considered leaving this desperate and hopeless life to the other world. You can say I have been to the brink and back, more than once. But I have always tried to keep a good heart and to be kind, and to try to think of others. And what has kept me going, even during the bleakest and darkest of days? Good energy and a positive attitude. If this has kept me going, then this can keep others going too, no matter what their background or life’s experiences.
Often, I just feel like picking up a guitar or sitting down at the piano and playing, and the ideas usually come about... It’s really an improvisational way of writing music... Much of my music is instrumental, although some songs do have meaningful lyrics. Usually those lyrics come about after the music is already written.
I define myself as ‘simply a singer’. But I, like all of us, am so much more than just one thing... I plan to allow myself to be more open to my own creativity and my own voice, which is something I had to shut down for a little while. So I look forward to ‘the more’ that I will experience as I open the gate wider and wider... I want to leave positive things behind for others, whether it's music, poetry, art, books or other forms of inspiration.
I'm drawn to the memoir genre because if I don’t write about my own experience, I feel like I'm drowning in it and I do need to ‘get it out’ and make sense of what is happening in my life... I can’t grasp the concept of fiction because the idea of ‘making up details’ or creating characters, for some reason, just doesn’t make sense to me when I already have so much information right in front of me...
I am a disabled graduate and have used writing as my escape from all that is going wrong with my body. I cannot get a job, so did the best I could with the skills I have, which seems to be working well for me... I have written six books: Fantacia, Bellazard, Orion, Sky, How to be a Writer, or Not! and Black & White Roses. I am mainly a dark fantasy writer for adults.
I used to manage care homes and during that time, I recognised there was a gap in the training delivered and that information was needed for my staff team, so I wrote some open learning workbooks to fill these gaps... My latest book, which has just been released 'Beyond My Control: Why The Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother' was difficult to write as it’s a true account of how my late mum suffered.
I write in whichever genre the story that’s demanding to be told falls into. 'Chilled' is a crime thriller but also a political thriller; 'In the Wake of Angels' is a spy thriller and I have another political thriller in the pipeline. I also research and write about PTSD and am working on an autobiography / self-help book which is much more academic.
We know them. We all know a woman who struggles with drugs and alcohol. Perhaps she’s a woman in your family, a friend or even a co-worker, but we know them. If you have not been a drug addict then you cannot know what they go through. You can’t imagine the pain they feel from moment to moment and the things that they are driven to do because of that addiction.... Ruth Jacobs has been there – in the very recesses of hell – and she came back to us...