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Saturday, November 2, 2019

UF author Ruth Spencer: What Inspired me to Write? + giveaway

What inspired me to write?

I was late getting into the vampire genre, horror films-especially vampire films scared me half to death. In my early twenties, I was too scared to watch the Terminator and Robocop films. I was a total wimp!

I met Simon, my husband in my mid-twenties and he loved horror films; he encouraged me to watch them. It was okay, he would protect me from all things supernatural that might escape from the TV to attack me! I started to watch vampire films, they made me feel nervous and my heart would race. Strangely, I really got to liking that feeling and watched more and more vampire films.

From a young age I have been a passionate reader and in my mind I knew I would write a book one day. And as I read books about vampires and watched just about every vampire film going, the idea for my book started to take shape in my mind. In all the books I have read and films I have watched, vampires were always the creatures of myth and legend. I began to think, 'what if vampires are the dominant species, while humans are creatures of myth and legend?'

My vampires live a very claustrophobic life indoors and they are quite removed from where their food comes from. This idea really came from today's children. When I was little, it was punishment to be sent to my room, nowadays it seems its punishment for children to be sent outside to play, they spend so much time in their rooms. I also read an article in the paper that some children couldn't identify with certain vegetables and when asked where they came from, their answer was 'the supermarket.

Origin of the Vampire (The Cycle of life Book 1)
by Ruth Spencer 
November 25, 2018
254 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Christophe Haram is vampire, his skin is pale, his hair black. An avid reader of conspiracy theories, he is certain the mythical human race exist. During his wild youth he darkened his skin and dyed his hair, he remains unruly to this day.

A new dayclub, Sunrise, opens in his home town, Orionsby; and it appears to be a hotbed for trafficking missing vampires. While investigating Sunrise, Christophe uncovers terrifying tales of missing vampire spanning decades.

When, the manufactured bloods vampires drink runs out, vampires become feral.

Will chaos ensue?

And when an old friend returns with a proposition, is Christophe brave enough to accept it?

Oh my goodness, Christophe, the Taylors are loading up a hire van as well, that’s three of our neighbours moving away.’

‘What do you want me to say, Audrey? Please step away from the windows, I don’t want them to see you watching them, it’s rude.’

Audrey skulked off into the kitchen and grabbed the telephone and as she closed the door she dialled Emma’s number.

A nervous voice answered after a couple of rings, ‘Hello.’

‘Emma, it’s me, are you OK?’

‘I’m frightened, Audrey. I haven’t had any bloods for two nights and I’m too scared to go out and see if I can get some. Vampire were fighting close to my apartment earlier and not long ago I heard Expoforce soldiers shouting orders from loud-hailers, they were trying to quell the violence. I shut my blackout curtains when the trouble started and risked a peek a minute ago. The trouble appears to have stopped; there isn’t a soul in sight now. I think the perpetrators must have been arrested.’

About the Author:
Ruth lives in Rothley, Leicestershire, England with her space obsessed husband Simon and her black cat Violet, who just wants a warm knee. She found her love of books at a young age and remembers the smell of the old library on her monthly visits with her mum. Together they would bring home books of many different genres and Ruth quickly moved from reading teen novels to digesting adult books.

Ruth was always afraid of horror films, she remembers the time her mum bought her The Thing to watch, thinking it a nice science fiction film. Ruth was terrified and her feelings for horror films remained until her mid twenties, when, suddenly she began to appreciate horror films and began reading Urban Fantasy books. Vampire films quickly became a favourite and the idea for her debut novel slowly began to take place.

Currently Ruth is writing the sequel to Origin of the Vampire and when she isn't writing and promoting her book she loves to relax by drawing portraits. The great outdoors is a big passion and holidays in The Lake District and by the sea in Cornwall and Dorset give Ruth great inspiration. But it was walking in the woods close to home where Ruth had her eureka moment and worked out the final piece of the puzzle for her debut novel. Walking in the countryside near home remains a weekly ritual, and of course coffee and cake is essential before returning home.

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