Ruth Barrett is my Woman In Horror today! After having numerous stories published by the traditional publishers, she decided to take the bull by the horns, go her own route and publish on her own. Thus, we have Spirited Words Book Company. But like any smart author, she knows the value of a good editor.
Her novel Base Spirits is my cup of tea. Time travel, murder, secrets, horror, mystery, and much more. I admire people willing to do the research to get a time period right. The suspense, horror, and tragedy suck you into the novel, taking you on a thrill ride not within any preconceived concepts of rationality you might possess. Toss everything away and be ready for what lies around the next corner.
It is interesting to note that this novel is based, in part, on an old Shakespearean play which was based on real life horror. Weaving everything together like this is not easy when time periods whiz back and forth between the story people. Ruth creates something special here: a novel which is much like live theater. The characters in the book are brought to life in the theater of the mind.
Ruth enjoys the inventing of a world in her books that is hers alone, reaching into her imagination, and having to answer "What if . . .?" Thus, her readers are always on the edge of their seats, wondering what's next?
Although many authors are in a hurry to publish their books, Ruth advises against this. She cautions that no matter what route you take, Indie or traditional, the preparations should be the same. Great editing is a must. Cover design is important if you publish the book yourself. Have the best book possible! And, she refuses to get caught up in the Indie versus traditional arguments. She claims there are merits in both.
I have supplied many links above for Ruth. My favorite is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirited-Words-Book-Co/101014656667433
She has many interesting and amusing tidbits about writing and publishing there. Go there and check it out. It's well worth the time.
Ruth is a fascinating woman with a certain mystique. Visit the links I mentioned and you will find out much about this lady, but mystery still remains. Ah, my friends, I would have it no other way.
Ruth Barrett is a Woman In Horror!
Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and now makes her home in Stratford, Ontario. Between then and now, she studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ruth pursued an acting career in Toronto where her love of the stage saw her perform in everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, eventually settling into voice-over work. Transforming herself into a writer has provided a rewarding new way for her to explore character and spin tales. Ruth has published numerous short stories in various anthologies and periodicals, and she formed her own Spirited Words Book Co. in Summer 2011. 'Base Spirits' is her first novel. For a quick creepy read, try 'Family Secrets'-- the first of many Kindle short stories.