Guest Author & A Giveaway: Ruthie Knox

My dears, it is April. I am not ok with this. I need a pause and rewind button. But! No pausing or rewinding today – we’re barreling forward with Ruthie Knox! She’s here, and she chose to do an author interview, and we’re excited about that! Whoo! Yes! 😉

Really she’ll be much more entertaining – so here you go.

Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure1. Your next life you come back as a dog. What breed do you come back as and why?
I come back as a mutt. Scrappy, medium size, with a slightly too large head. I never learn to walk on a leash, chew through collars, escape to roll in dead squirrels, steal pizza off your plate, and find and lick your panties when you are away from home. But I’m good-tempered, and the kids love me.

I’m not sure there is a why. Because that is the most awesome kind of dog to be?

2. What badass female character from TV (or books/movies) do you most want to be?
I will admit to a fondness for Sidney Bristow from Alias. Jennifer Garner’s just so cute, with her dimples and her Serious Spy Face and her badass disguises. Cannot resist her.

3. What would your superhero name be? What if you were an anti hero? What would your “anti super hero power” be?
My superhero name would need to include the suffix “licious.” Probably “Bootylicious,” because I have the booty. If I were an antihero, I would be Madame X, and my power would be to shrink people and make them live in tiny elaborate dollhouses of my own devising.

Truly4. Chocolate covered strawberries, salted caramel chocolates, or chocolate covered chips? Which do you go to?
Salted caramel chocolates. But I only have six, and then I switch to the chocolate-covered chips because mmm, sugarsaltfat.

5. You have a one way ticket to any place in the world you want to go – outside the United States. Where do you choose to go and why?
I would need more than one ticket, because if you gave me one and I couldn’t come back or take the people I love, I wouldn’t go. But if I can take all my people with me, and they are all perfectly compliant to my wishes, I think maybe I take them to Spain. I spent a couple weeks there as a teenager and liked it enough that I can imagine being happy there. Toledo, perhaps. Or somewhere in the hot, dry middle of the country.

6. What is your favorite food? Why? And what is your “signature dish”?
I’m terrible at favorites, but if I had to pick one food to eat over and over again forever, it would probably be refried bean and cheese burritos. So I guess that is my favorite food? Or, failing that, milk chocolate.

7. You have a pet rock. What do you name it and how do you decorate it?
I name it Thomasina, and I decorate it with rhinestones, frosty pink lipstick, and a short blond shag.

Room at the Inn8. What celebrity is your “spirit animal?” Why?
Jodie Foster is my spirit animal. She’s wicked smart, sharp, generous, courageous, and curious. She is extremely beautiful in a way that is genuine and unthreatening. And she has a refreshingly low tolerance for bullshit.

9. Sports – do you prefer participating, or spectating? And which?
I’d rather participate than spectate, but team sports are not my thing. I like all the ones you can do solitary or with a partner — running, hiking, yoga, biking, etc.

10. Do you speak any other languages? What [other] language would you most like to learn and why?
I don’t speak any languages other than English. I took a lot of Latin, which, yeah. I’d like to learn Spanish. It would make me feel like less of a privileged asshole.

11. You have to listen to the same song to 72 hours, or your family gets it. What song do you choose to listen to on repeat?
“Gotta Have You” by The Weepies.

Big Boy12. Tell us two truths and a lie. (The catch is you’ll have to tell us which is what in the comments.)

I’ve never taken an antibiotic.
I went to college when I was sixteen.
I gave birth at home.

13. You have to be part of a reality show. Which one do you pick? Which one do you absolutely refuse to be part of? Why?
I’ll assume I can be part of any reality show ever — I’d pick The Real World. I’d also choose to be twenty years old for this exercise. It would be fun to learn exactly what brand of crazy I turned out to be in that environment. I would refuse to be on Survivor, because I am intensely noncompetitive, and I would suck at every conceivable aspect of that contest.

14. You’re only allowed to read one book for the next year. Which book do you choose and why?
I’d choose Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles in Love, which is cheating because it’s more than one book. I’d like to read and reread those books, because they’re great, but also perfect genre fiction, absolutely perfect and brilliant. I’d learn so much.

The Camelot Series15.  What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at school? How about at a conference?
Once in high school, I went to the bathroom during lunch and came back to my regular (mixed-sex) lunch table to find everyone giggling and casting me furtive looks. I knew they’d been talking about me, but I couldn’t get them to tell me what for the longest time — and then finally one of them confessed that they’d been talking about what I would be like if I ever received oral sex, and one of the guys had done this firetruck siren noise and lifted both arms in the air like he was on a roller coaster.

Then I died.

At my first RWA conference, I met Miranda Neville and knew I’d read one of her books but couldn’t remember the name. Had her confused with Meredith Duran. Then went to the room, looked her up, still confused. Met her again later, told her which book, she pointed out that it was Meredith Duran’s book. Then I stared at her cleavage speechlessly, then left. She was very nice about it.

Isn’t Ruthie adorable? Ruthie is also very generously offering someone a copy of Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure. (And yes – swear I will fucking pick winners! And you know … it’ll HAPPEN.)

So what questions do you have for Ms. Knox?

24 thoughts on “Guest Author & A Giveaway: Ruthie Knox

  1. ki pha

    LOL Super love these interview questions!!!

    Welcome Ruthie! What motivates you to write the stories you write? And, do you have a dirty mind? Teehee~ 😀

    1. Ruthie

      I’m not sure about motivation — everything? I’m very interested in people, and relationships. And do I have a dirty mind? What kind of question is that? Of course I do.

  2. Cathy P

    Hi, Ruthie! I think the false thing about you is that you have never taken an antibiotic. What made you decide to write romance?

    1. Ruthie

      Romance was the first sort of book I ever read a lot of and thought, “I could write this!” Which it turns out, yes, I could. 🙂

  3. Ruthie

    You guys are funny. Yes, I have taken antibiotics. Twice! But not until I was about 25, so it used to be true.

  4. Christine

    Hi Ruthie, I also loved Alias 🙂 Did/do you find it challenging branching into the NA world after dealing strictly with older hero/heroines?

    1. Ruthie

      Not really — it was fun to immerse myself mentally in that age group. I’d been interested in doing so for quite a while!

  5. readsalot81

    Hi Ruthie! (Guys – be jealous – I got to meet her in Anaheim CA the last week of Feb. She’s so gracious & smart… It was so much chatting w/ her)

    Ahem, ok. Hmmm. If you could go back in time, what would your present/future self tell your old self about writing? (Tips, strategies ANYTHING )

    1. Ruthie

      Hm — don’t feel guilty about taking the time for it? Because it will all work out. 🙂

      And maybe, give yourself permission to write what you most want to.

    1. Ruthie

      I do a lot of social media. Maybe I’m not *quite* a techno geek — I have zero training — but when I worked in an office I was the one who got all the computer questions from colleagues, so I’m in the *neighborhood* of techno geekery. 🙂

  6. Mary Preston

    May I assume that Miranda Neville has nice cleavage? It left you speechless after all & after reading this fun post I don’t imagine that to be your normal state.

    1. Ruthie

      She has excellent cleavage. You have no idea.
      And no — not normally speechless. But we were in someone’s room for a room party, and it was so loud, I got kind of overloaded. 🙂

  7. Francene L.

    I love the Weepies and I love Lois Bujold. What other genre fiction do you read besides romance, of course? Or what music group do you enjoy?

    1. Ruthie

      I will read almost anything, but for the past several years have read a lot of romance. I love good sci fi but have a low tolerance for bad sci fi. I like detective stories, madcap crime stuff. For music, my other recent discovery is Ingrid Michaelson.

  8. Cristi

    Oh oh! I had conversations with Ruthie and Cara McKenna in Anaheim too… so I know which one is the lie, but interestingly enough, I could list these same items and only one would be a lie for me too! A different one than Ruthie’s lie though. 🙂


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