Don’t you love it when an author suddenly lands in front of your eye balls with an amazing piece of fiction? Such was the case with today’s amazing guest, Naben Ruthnum. Michael Kelly, from Undertow Publications had kindly sent me an advanced digital copy of ‘Helpmeet,’ Naben’s upcoming release. When I got it, I devoured it and was blown away! Since it’s release, folks have been raving about it and naturally, I knew I needed to convince Naben to do a 3Q’s – and he has! Naben is known for writing both under his pseudonym Nathan Ripley as well as under his own name!
Please welcome Naben!
(Steve’s note – Naben indicated he currently is in the process of getting new author photos done and requested I simply use the cover of Helpmeet in place of an author photo)
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
NR: This one’s very project-dependent. Just now I’m in the edit / rewrite of a young readers book I have coming out next year, so most of my writing time this month is just about getting through X numbers of chapters a day as I approach the deadline. I’d guess I’m writing about 1000 new words a day and deleting a bit less than that! When I’m working on a new manuscript, I try to hit a weekly word count, not a daily one.
Steve: You decide to host a writer’s retreat. One weekend in a luxury house on an island. What three other authors do you invite to come along?
NR: Going to be boring and stick to friends—Kris Bertin, author of the Hobtown comics, Sam Wiebe, author of the Dave Wakeland novels, and Patrick Tarr, showrunner and TV writer. They’re all great at getting their work done, so there’d be some discipline, but also they are not annoying writer-types so it would be a fun hang.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
NR: Latest release is Helpmeet, a novella with Undertow Publications. What it has going for it is that it’s short, and that I rooted the style in the 19th century ghost fiction that I love while exploring the extremes of body horror and love, strongly inspired by Cronenberg and Barker.
Thank you so much, Naben!
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