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April 2013

In the Booth with Ruth – Christine McDonald, Author & Prostitution Survivor

April 23, 2013 // 3 Comments

I have no writing background. I read somewhere that you should write about what you know, so I took that and ran with it. I started typing notes on my book, Cry Purple, a few years ago in college, but I recently lost my job and found myself back in the world seeking work and finding my past once again being a barrier for employment. I also had my newfound...

In the Booth with Ruth – David P Perlmutter, Author

April 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

I have no background at all. I was writing a blog some four years ago when I lived in Portugal, about events that happened to me in Spain. This is what my story is based on, and my friend and editor who read the first few chapters said, “Dave, you must continue with this story.” So I did and the book was self-published on Amazon in June 2012. The story...

In the Booth with Ruth – Helen Downing, Author

April 17, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’ve always enjoyed writing. I technically wrote my first novel in high school. I wrote it by longhand a chapter at a time and brought it to school. At first, there were only a handful of people reading it, but by the end, it felt like the whole school was waiting for me to finish. Even teachers read it. Pieces of it were lost or destroyed in the process and I never...

In the Booth with Ruth – Jacqueline S. Homan, Author

April 17, 2013 // 6 Comments

What inspired me to write in the first place is that I am a marginalized woman—from deep inter-generational poverty, and I am also an exited woman who escaped sexual exploitation as a homeless orphaned teen. Like so many other poor and marginalized exited women, my voice and real lived experiences are never heard. So I decided to do my best to change that, because words not only convey thoughts they create fact. Very few truly understand what it is to be shoved aside and erased and left for dead more than destitute exited women with nothing, no family, no avenue of legal remedy, and no support network—not even any welfare or medical care.

In the Booth with Ruth – Maria, Prostitution Survivor

April 16, 2013 // 10 Comments

When I was fifteen, I went to see my friend who’d moved in with her sister. I was thrown out of the house, and found myself in Piccadilly, Manchester where I met gypsies. The police put me in this hostel. There was about one hundred and ninety women in there. I was petrified. I didn’t know what to do. I ended up losing my virginity to a lorry driver for five...

In the Booth with Ruth – Col Bury, Author

April 14, 2013 // 12 Comments

Firstly, and this is important if you want to move forward as a writer, to increase the available time, I made sacrifices. I stopped playing pool and football, which I do miss, a lot, but it was the right decision. I also only now watch selected stuff on TV, like debates, documentaries, crime dramas and films, and, of course my beloved football.

In the Booth with Ruth – Danielle Bienvenu, Author

April 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Oh wow. What a loaded question. Ha ha. I began writing when I was ten years old. It was mostly a series of short stories about pre-teen girls. The thing that inspired me to write the most was that I had difficulty telling people exactly how I felt, so I wrote down my feelings on paper. From there it took on a life of its own. Even my fiction novels are based on...

In the Booth with Ruth – Cathy Scott, Author & Journalist

April 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’m attracted to underdogs and giving them a voice. You can’t make up the stuff that happens in the criminal world. At the same time, I’m fascinated by unsolved crimes, including murder of Susan Berman, a mobster’s daughter, and rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls’ cases. It’s an absolute shame that those murders have not been solved...

In the Booth with Ruth – Siggy Buckley, Author

April 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was a college adjunct professor for teaching English (being a German citizen) for years. When my life took an unexpected turn, I started 'to take notes'. My then husband had opted out of the rat race for health and environmental reasons. He was a CPA, and made us emigrate from a professional German background to become organic farmers in the...

In the Booth with Ruth – Rosanne Dingli, Author

April 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Inspiration is everywhere, Ruth, and yet it is elusive. I started writing so long ago – 1985 – that I rarely look back to those days except during interviews! My works found acceptance almost right away, so I had poems, articles, stories, and reviews published everywhere. I started writing longer fiction when I arrived in Perth in 1988 and landed a job as a...