Kam Ruble the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Others would describe me as generous to a fault. When I am aware of someone in need, I will do my best to help them - even if I have to do without. Many have told me they did not like me upon first meeting as they thought I was haughty. When in reality it is my inferiority-complex that gives that terrible first impression about me. Once people get to know me, they realize how very personable I am.
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Outside of writing, I would have to say my next passion is singing. I believe the art of selling a song has made me a better writer. Like writing, being a stage performer is very addictive. Once it gets in your blood, it is difficult to ignore.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
I don't know if I have pets or they have me. With both a Maltese dog and a Siamese cat in our household, they rule the roost. My Maltese, Gunny, will be nine on January 31. He's a loveable little fella whom I've raised since he was six weeks old. Moka joined our family at age six months; he will be four this year. For those who don't know, Maltese have white fur. Not dog hair. They are not supposed to shed, but my dark clothes would disagree. Moka, a Lilac Point Tiger, isn't quite so loveable. He enjoys being pet on his terms. The guys don't fight, but Moka loves to tease Gunny. Both are inside animals, both are spoiled rotten, and neither will go to bed unless they can snuggle up to me on my waterbed.
5. What is your most precious memory?
It is impossible for me to say I have only one precious memory. Why? Because I have three daughters. My precious memories stem from the first times I held each one of my newborns in my arms.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Throughout my lifetime, I have had many embarrassing moments. The first one that comes to mind was when I was modeling. I was walking the catwalk in a gorgeous, black lace, designer dress when a heel broke off my 3-inch heels, sending me tumbling to the floor. The worse part was the way I landed, dress hiked almost to my waist and not wearing any undergarments. And, 99% of the audience were men who were there shopping for their sweetheart's Valentine's gift.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I would probably go back to school to further my education and become a pre-marriage counselor if I wasn't writing. Too many people rush into marriage without fully understanding the commitment. I know, I have been one of them. And, unfortunately, few seek marriage counseling when problems start. Although I think marriage counseling is wonderful, I also believe couples should go through pre-marital counseling to help ward off many problems before the vows have been taken.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Kam, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend.
Kam Ruble the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
I realized I had finally arrived as an author the day I signed my first book contract. Even though my husband's name was shown as author on the final published work, it was my work and my name on the contract.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Presently, I am in the process of writing "Black Iris: Have No Mercy V". Also, I am working with my publisher, Kathleen Walls (Global Authors Publications), and illustrator, T.C. McMullen (Star Publish) in completing "Princess Annado Tandy's Versery-Rhymes Book Two. Hopefully, both books will be released in fall of 2008.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
After the release of the two books I am presently working on, Book Three of ‘Annado' will be my priority for 2009. Other than that, I will leave my writing up to the story characters in my head. If they need to be heard from, another book or books will be written.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Since I am retired, I have no set time for writing. My best hours, however, are from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the next morning. No TV. No phone calls. No interruptions. After booting my computer, I start playing background music. I can spend from 1 hour to 14 hours at my computer, writing. When I do, I have 3 windows open: document of the manuscript I am working on; document of the characters, their descriptions, and roles in the storyline; and, solitaire. When I draw a blank, or need to think about how to express what's in my mind to words on paper, I play solitaire. Concentrating on the game gives me a whole new perspective when I go back to writing. If I sit writing for long periods of time, I am constantly exercising so my body doesn't stiffen up on me. And, on the days I spend long hours writing, I start off with a cup of chocolate latte'. Then have nothing more for the rest of the day until I eat dinner. When I write during the nighttime hours, generally a can of Pepsi will sustain me until my morning latte'. I believe a healthy body and a healthy mind go together as a hand and glove.
13, Why do you write?
I write because of several reasons. Writing is fun. Writing keeps my mind active. I love to tell stories that people enjoy reading. And, once I started writing, an abundance of characters moved into the creative cells of my brain. Many of them won't let me rest until I tell their story.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Sadly, I don't read. I was always afraid someone would say I copied another author's work or style. The other reason I don't read is dealing with dyslexia.
15. How do you define your writing?
For my mysteries, I would define my writing as easy to read, intriguing, and enough twists to keep the reader interested. In my children's books, I would define my writing as colorful and fun reading.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
In her time, Kam was a great story teller.
Kam Ruble the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
One can read more about my books and me at http://www.blueleafpub.com/kamruble ;
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
I love hearing from my readers. They can reach me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
a. Have No Mercy (listed as Bobby Ruble, author - for which I was the ghost writer). This book is only available by: 1) Purchasing a new copy direct through me; or, 2) Purchasing a used copy from bookstores.
b. Black Rosebud: Have No Mercy II
c. Black Lily: Have No Mercy III
d. Black Tulip: Have No Mercy IV
e. Stitchers and Bitchers
f. Princess Annado Tandy's Versery-Rhymes
a. The Dawg Who Saved Christmas
b. Dawg Eyes: Still Top Dog
c. Dawg Catches Rat
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
New readers can expect to be entertained when they read my books.
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
The only times I find it necessary to do research for my books is when I want to make sure I get details correct when it comes to law enforcement procedures. Other than that, the storyline for my books come from dreams I have had, or something in my head (like a character) that triggers a story just begging to be written. I enjoy putting twists and turns in my mysteries to keep the reader guessing. As for my children's books, I enjoy telling a story especially if it is based on a learning curve. And, I write my children's books so all ages (1 to 101) will enjoy reading them and get attached to my adorable characters.