Amy discovered her love of the written word when she realized that she could no longer act out the fantastical romances in her head with her dolls. Writing about delicious heroes was much more fun than playing with plastic men dolls with the inevitable flesh-colored “tighty whities”.
She loves history, the paranormal, and will spew out historical facts like a volcano, much to her dearest hubby's chagrin.
When she's not thinking about the next sensual romp, she's chasing after three rug rats and reading anything spicy that she can get her hands on.
Amy Ruttan is an erotic romance and romance author whose first book released from Ellora’s Cave in September 2007. She writes under many subgenres. Under the name A.C. Ruttan she writes Urban Fantasy for Samhain Publishing.
She writes sensuous passionate romance whether it’s a little bit on the steamy side or a little bit spicier; her romances are always timeless and full of passion.
What Amy loves most about writing, especially in the historical genre, is the research that goes into her fiction. She loves to learn about new places and new things. She travels the world in her living room through her characters.
What is your favorite color?
After much retrospection I freely admit that pink is my favorite color. I know it's girly, but I just love it. I love every shade of it and I even love it in Neon.
What is your favorite pastime?
I love car trips, reading, scrap booking any kind of craft. When I have time that is, LOL. I love all kinds of crafts and I love to travel. What music do you listen to? I have a very eclectic taste. My favorites though are Gwen Stefani, Prince, Aerosmith, Eminem, Lorenna McKennit and Johnny Cash. I also adore 80's music. Love it. I will listen to anything though.
What is your favorite kind of movies?
Comedies, especially the British Comedies. I am a huge fan of Carry On movies. I also love the movie version of the Phantom of the Opera, I love the Harry Potter's the Lord of the Rings. Actually my movie tastes are board, everything except horror.
What books do you like to read?
Again anything. I will read anything. Most of my books happen to be romance, but I will read anything that appeals to me ... and much to my hubby's chagrin there is a lot in the book store and on the web that appeals to me. My bookshelves are overflowing.
What are your favorite scenes to write?
The scenes with the sexual tension, especially the scene where the Hero and Heroine first meet. I love that push pull interaction of two strong characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Connie Mason, Katie MacAlister, Johanna Lindsay, JR Ward, EB White, Laura Ingalls Wilder, LM Montgomery, Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, Tolkien to name a few.
What is your favorite genre to write?
Historical Romance. I love history, I love learning about different time periods. Half the fun of writing historicals and being swept away in a different time period is the research. I love to research.
What are your favorite books on writing?
Alison Kent's Erotic Romance for Dummies was a great book, it helped me a lot with writing the "big" scene. That was a plethora of information. I also loved Story by Robert McKee and On Writing by Stephen King.
Where do you get your ideas?
Anything can set them off, a song, a show, something I see, something I read. My most recent story submission, a historical, was inspired by watching Michael Palin's Himalaya. I am always thinking of things in my head, stories are constantly playing in there like mini movies.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spend time with my husband and children. Watch The Office, I don't watch a lot of TV but that's one show I can't miss. I am also very active in my RWA chapter.
Where do you imagine yourself in five years with your writing career?
I hope to be multi published and able to give up my evil day job so I can be home for my kids. I love writing, it's all consuming and that's what I love to do the most.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned as an author?
Learn to trust yourself and your voice, but don't be afraid to let someone else you trust have a look over your work. You'll be surprised what you as an author won't pick out.
What advice can your give for an aspiring writer?
Amy's Favourite Quote
Never give up. If it's your dream, don't give up on your dream. Keep trying. The best thing I ever did was enter a few contests, it was great feedback and helped prepare me for submitting to publishers.
Be obscure clearly
~ E.B. White