Official Bio Thingy
USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing.
Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life.
Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.
Ten Things About Me
10. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Midwestern housewife. I grew up in Ohio, went to college in Iowa and grad school in North Carolina, got married, moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and had a baby after a few years. My son is almost four, and he just started preschool this fall. We have babysitters about 35 hours a week so my husband and I can work.
9. My favorite TV show is Futurama.
8. I read all the time. Mostly romance, a mix of books I’ve bought and books I’m beta-reading for writer friends. My favorite subgenres are contemporary and historical romance; I don’t read much romantic suspense or paranormal. Some of my favorite romance novelists are Cara McKenna (Curio; Ruin Me), Delphine Dryden (Theory of Attraction; Lamplighter’s Love); Jill Shalvis (The Heat Is On; The Sweetest Thing); Jennifer Crusie (Anyone But You; Bet Me); Sarah Mayberry (Her Best Friend; Hot Island Nights); and Charlotte Stein (Control; Sheltered).
6. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but my mom told me when I was 15 that despite what the guidance counselors kept telling us, I never actually had to figure it out, and that helped. I went to college the next year. That helped, too.
5. I’m a vegetarian, but I honestly don’t care if you are.
4. I never kissed a boy before college. I would have, but none of them ever asked me to.
3. I love to play cards, but I hate to win. In my ideal world, I win, but no one notices.
2. I used to knit a lot. The first thing I designed from scratch was a toy turtle with a removable shell. I wrote up the pattern and had it published in an online magazine. More than 5,000 people have knit it.
1. I started writing in October 2010 for my own amusement and to help rescue my sanity. I finished the first manuscript in December, a fling romance set in Hawaii called “Rebound” that will probably never get published, since it doesn’t have much of a plot (though it does have the best oral sex scene I’ve ever written).
My second manuscript was the book that became About Last Night. I wrote it in December 2010 and January 2011. The third one was Ride with Me. I wrote it in February and March 2011, revised it, and submitted it to agents in April. I got an agent with it that month and sold it in June. Meanwhile, I revised both of my first two manuscripts and sold About Last Night in August after adding a new first chapter for my editor.
While that was happening, I wrote two more, longer manuscripts, both of which I’ve extensively revised and rewritten, and both of which will come out next year as Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster. And I wrote some other stuff in there, too. I can’t stop. Which is good, because nobody seems to want me to.
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