Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Amy Ruttan, author of the romance novel DARE SHE DATE AGAIN.




Welcome, Amy!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Amy Ruttan

 Thank you for having me here today. What do I do for a living? I’m a full time author now, in my past I was a law clerk for a personal injury lawyer in the city I live, but as I had kids I decided to stay home to look after them and pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a writer. I like to knit & crochet (I recently taught myself), it keeps my hands busy. My hands always have to seem to be busy if I’m not writing now. I also like binge watching television and movies when I come off a deadline. It resets my brain. Some of my favorite TV shows are The Mindy Project, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy & Once Upon a Time. Hidden talent? I’m not quite sure about that. I seem to be able to predict the sex of a baby before it’s born. LOL



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 Amy at her first ever Romantic Times Signing

On Workspace


1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in the living room in my chair or on my couch. This is so I can keep an eye on the kids. When they’re at school, it’s just more comfortable. I have a lap top. When they kids are making a fuss and the hubby is home I work in an office and that’s a bit of a work in project. It used to be a corner in the master bedroom, but now a room became available and it’s in the works for me to have an office. The picture is of my old work space and I included a picture of my chair, another spot I love to work. Hopefully my office will be completed in the very near future.


2. Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

The “desk” in the picture is an old dining room table my Mom built. I don’t have a “real” desk. Not yet anyways. I also have a purple lap desk for the couch and the chair.


3. What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

My lap top is the only important thing that I need. I may require the odd cup of coffee or diet coke, but that’s about it.


Amy’s first author award, which sits on her desk

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

Just my old lap top.


5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffee in the morning and if I’m on deadline at night too. Diet Coke and water are my two other favorite beverages of choice.


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Amy Ruttan, author Leah Braemel & USA Today blogger Mary G at Graceland in Memphis

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Hmm. This is hard question to ask. So many inspired me to write, but since I knew I wanted to be a writer from the time I was very young I’m going to say my influences were Laura Ingalls Wilder and L.M. Montgomery. They were the first two authors that I associated as real. That someone “real” wrote a book.

Harlequin Presents were the books my Mom read in secret. They were stashed in her nightstand drawer and I would sneak them. Connie Mason & Johanna Lindsey were books my grandmother loved and when she was dying she’d give them to me to read and we’d discuss them. I was 14, still young, but not that young. That’s when I knew I wanted to write romance.


2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

No, I don’t have any rituals. Usually my typical day starts by getting the kids off to school and then check my email, do some promo. In the afternoon I write until it’s time to get my kids. Evenings are usually busy, but some nights I can write if I’m on a roll. As for quirks, I knit now if I need to think about a plot point.

3. Do you write every day?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

Yes. I write every day. This is a full time job for me. It depends on the day and if kids are home sick. That determines how long I can spend. I am to write 2500 words a day. Worst distractions are online game or social media.


4. Why do you write?

I don’t know really how to explain it. I guess I don’t get how people don’t write, because the stories are always in my head. Always.


5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Never give up. If it’s your dream, never give up. Always keep learning and willing to grow. Don’t be afraid to put your work out there and my favorite quote is from Nora Roberts “You can’t edit a blank page” so write.



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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three children.

Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.


Find her here:

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To love again…? 

Single mom and paramedic Samantha Doxtator has been living with a broken heart after losing her husband years ago. Now she’s finally back on track and following her dream to become an air ambulance pilot…after training one last student—George Atavik!

Since nearly losing his life in a plane crash, George will not waste the second chance he’s been given, and he won’t deny the sparks flying between him and his new mentor. Does Samantha dare risk her own carefully guarded heart for another opportunity at happiness?

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Amy!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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3 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Amy Ruttan”

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing about your writing space. Congratulations on the release. All the best.

  2. My Mom used to read Harlequin Presents too. LOL Another great interview.

  3. Nas says:

    Hi Nutschell and Hello Amy!

    I loved reading this post and thanks for sharing about your workspace. Loved all the photos too!

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