November 29th, 2019
I asked Ruby where she would like to interview:
The Café Nero in Russel Square was just starting to slow down after the rush-hour peak. London’s professionals and youth had crowded the place over an hour ago, picking up their morning coffee, mentally preparing for their nine to fives and hour’s worth of studying. It was a wonder we could even get a table at that time of the day.
Some may say it’s unwise to start a day off with a slice of red velvet cake, but when there’s a slice available, you don’t stop to think about your health. I could just take the long way home and walk the calories back off. Besides, what goes better with a chai latte dusted with cinnamon.
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?
Ruby Marley: I start writing erotic fanfiction in college, and the response that I got from my readers was so overwhelmingly positive that I realized that it might something I can make a career out of.
L: How long have you been writing for?
R: Since I started writing in college that would mean that I’ve been writing for roughly 8 years. I can’t even believe it’s been that long.
L: What are you currently working on?
R: I’ve got a lot of project in the works; I’m working on my first full-length novel, Dragon Instinct, which is a fantasy erotica where an adventurer takes up a new female apprentice to teach her how become as fierce as the dragons he’s supposedly killed in his adventurers. I also have several short stories; one, Ziorsi, actually acts as a prequel to Dragon Instinct and talks about the first female apprentice the adventurer ever took under his wing. The other short story, Silver and Gold, is about a young writer, recently graduated from college, who ends up meeting a wealthy, handsome, older lawyer while searching for a job.
L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?
R: Tiffany Smith is the one who encouraged me to try writing short stories. I took her Skillshare class and found it full of information that I never considered. I owe at least a good part of my future career to her.
L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?
R: The most challenging part has been marketing myself and my books. I, obviously, don’t have a marketing degree, and I feel like I’m doing everything I can. Making marketing images, posting everyday, and buying ad campaigns on social media. Still, I don’t think that I’m getting noticed. It makes me wonder what I can do to improve.
L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?
R: Well my least favorite trope is the one propagated by 50 Shades of Grey; “The Rich Guy can be an asshole but everyone still wants him because he’s rich.” I don’t care what your income is, I don’t want your toxicity in my life. As for my favorite trope, I’d say that goes to the “Bad Boy with a Heart of Gold”. I mean I love a rebel, but a rebel can still be a gentlemen.
L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?
R: For now, I don’t have any regrets. Now when I figure out how to actually market myself, it will probably be such an obvious solution that I’ll have regrets then, but right now, I like the actions that I have taken thus far.
L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?
R: I self published a collection of erotic flash fiction this year through KDP. I took some fanfiction I wrote, updated them, and published them all together. While there haven’t been many sales, I think that experience has been positive in that it’s teaching me much about the process. I’ve found ARC reactors and contacted them. I also hired a professional editor that I met through a writing group. And I’ve found other excellent resources I intend to use throughout the rest of my career.
L: What are you currently reading?
R: I’m reading anything and everything by Harley Laroux. I found her and her writing through Twitter. Her tweets were enough to get me to download every one of her books.
L: What genre do you typically read?
R: Erotica and Romance are what I mostly stick to, though if a fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction piece has a good romance, I will definitely pick it up. Who doesn’t love a good romance?
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?
R: Back when I was working and when I find another job, I will go to work, put in my full 8 hours, come home, get in my comfiest pajamas, pour myself a glass of moscato, hunker down in my home, and write in a journal while watching Murder, She Wrote. Or any Hallmark murder mystery series will do. I write until I get hungry, make dinner, do some more writing until about 8:30 when I take my shower, and write until bed time. So long as I’m comfy and cozy, I’m quite productive.
L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?
R: If Jessica Fletcher doesn’t get the creative juices going (though the day is rare when she doesn’t), I like listening to some 90s R&B; Usher, Beyonce, and JHud are my go-tos. I don’t know why, but I find the music relaxing, yet sexy.
L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
R: Stephen Gordon from the Well of Lonliness by Radclyffe Hall. Part of this is because the book was groundbreaking– a lesbian romantic novel published in 1928. Needless to say, it was not taken well. But it’s a devastatingly beautiful story of self-discovery, love and heartbreak.
L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?
R: Love. Any and all stories of love. Regardless of how they ended. Whether they are true stories or works of fiction. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic.
L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
R: Write whatever you damn well want to and don’t let anyone’s opinions dissuade you. You need to enjoy this process. If you write what you hate just because it’s popular, you’ll never be happy.
Ruby Marley started writing erotic stories and fiction when she was eighteen-years-old. When her stories started gaining attention on the internet, she realized this was a career that was made for her. She began honing her craft, improving her skills with every passing year. In 2018, she started sharing her work with the world again, this time in the form of audio scripts on the subreddit GoneWildAudio. Now, she’s back in her element and writing stories.
She is currently working on her first length novel, Dragon Instinct, which is set to be published in 2020.
Marius Mainard – Marquess of Nouvion – is a rich and reclusive noblemen living in Victorian Era France. His secretive nature has given birth to several rumors and pieces of gossip. The rumors range everywhere from him being the most handsome creature God ever created to the most hideous monster the devil ever rejected. Only his ten personal maids know the truth…
This is a collection of stories for adults (+18) and features themes like polyamorous relationships, open relationships, maid fetishes, BDSM. All scenarios are consensual between legal adults.