Tuesday, April 17, 2012




Hello Ruth, thank you so much for this opportunity. Tell us more about the books you write and your latest publication.

I write fantasy and science fiction, both in short and long forms. Most of my published work until now, however, has been short fiction. The novel I recently published as an ebook, Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur, is a retelling of thr tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde. It was originally published in German translation in 2009, followed by translations into Dutch and Italian. When the English rights reverted back to me last year, I decided to bring it out as an ebook myself.

What can you tell us about your job in Raleigh as a localization tester?

I work as a technical translator, primarily in IT, and over the years I also had the opportunity to do some localization testing: testing the translated software to see if the translation is correct, the GUI is appearing correctly, code pages are not messed up, date and time formates are correct for the different countries, that kind of thing. The project in Raleigh was a particularly big project, Eclipse, and all the localization testers for the countries that translated it were brought together in the IBM lab there, where we could quickly consult with developers if there was a problem -- and there always was.

What are some of your greatest inspirations for your writing?

I'm a big fan of history, and I often get ideas from historical incidents or ancient cultures. Newspapers are also a great source of ideas for me, suggesting conflicts I might not have thought of otherwise.

Do you have any favorite authors that have inspired you along the way?

Some of my favorite authors include Ursula K. LeGuin, T. H. White, George R. R. Martin, A. S. Byatt, and Jane Austen.

What is your favorite genre besides science fiction and fantasy?

I read a lot of different genres. About the only genre I hardly ever read is horror. When I'm traveling, I like to read thrillers and crime novels. I read romances. I read literary fiction. I read historical fiction. A lot of my favorite books of the last couple of years have been mainstream: The Book Thief, Remarkable Creatures, The Time Traveler's Wife.

Tell us a bit about your family and whether or not you allow them to critique your work.

My daughter, who's an architect, is one of my most reliable first readers. She doesn't exactly *critique* my stories, but she has a great instinct for what works and what doesn't. My husband, even though he's German, is great at line edits. My granddaughter doesn't read yet. My son and the rest of my family reads my fiction, but they don't critique it. Not because I don't allow it,

What was the main inspiration that brought you to the world of writing?

Reading. :)

What can we expect from you next?

I have just booked editing services for another Arthurian novel, Shadow of Stone. I'll be getting that back the end of April. I'm giving myself a month to get the necessary changes in and the novel formatted and converted, so I think I can shoot for a release date at the end of May.

Do you have any advice you'd care to share with other authors?

The same I pretty much always give: don't give up, and don't quite your day job. Also, make sure you spend a specific amount of time writing every week. Some people insist on every day, but I shoot for five days a week, just like a day job. When I have deadlines, it's a lot more anyway.

Please leave us your links so we can get to know more about you and your works!

Web page: http://www.ruthnestvold.com

Blog: http://ruthnestvold.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ruth.nestvold

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Ruth_Nestvold

Amazon page:

Ebooks on Amazon:
Yseult: http://www.amazon.com/Yseult-Tale-Love-Arthur-ebook/dp/B006SJLSDA
Dragon Time and Other Stories: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Time-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B006UMIU8G/
Looking Through Lace: http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Through-Lace-ebook/dp/B004P5NSKA/
Never Ever After: http://www.amazon.com/Never-Ever-After-Stories-ebook/dp/B0072V9HDQ/
If Tears Were Wishes, and Other Stories: www.amazon.com/Tears-Wishes-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B0078G2EFI/

Smashwords page:

Thank you again Ruth for taking the time to allow us this interview. We look forward to hearing more from you soon!

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