Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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International Bestseller Ruth Ware sets a very simple goal for herself: write a book a year. After battling with guilt for not producing more after becoming a full-time writer, she realized she is most productive and successful when not pushing herself and only expending as much of her imagination as she can. Ruth is the international bestseller of numerous thriller novels, including In A Dark, Dark Wood and One by One. To order her latest novel, The It Girl, follow the link below.


Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key, One by One and The It Girl have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times, and she is published in more than 40 languages. She lives on the south coast of England, with her family. Visit to find out more, or find her on facebook or twitter as @RuthWareWriter

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why her latest character is a bookseller
  • What is “faffing around?”
  • Why getting distracted can be beneficial
  • Ways to alleviate writer’s block
  • How she decided to write full-time


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Morning guys, great interview today. Interesting that Ruth may live quite close to me, by American standards of distance.
    Lovely wifey Denise has read a couple of Ruth’s books – “very creepy”. I have ‘Marple.’ 12 new stories about Miss Marple, one of which was written by Ruth Ware. Planning to read that in a couple of weeks.
    I write similarly to Ruth’s duck story. I bang out draft A quickly and my editing process begins with me removing everything that is not the story, because as a pantser I make the story up as I go along.
    What I enjoyed most about this interview was the fact that Ruth has clearly thought a lot about the how and why of her writing and can explain it to the listener.
    I loved the interview today. Must go, I have some faffing around to do…

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      Don’t faff around too much or you won’t get your pudding. How can you get your pudding if you don’t eat your meat?

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