Ruby Rumsey’s first stories were Twilight fanfictions⁠—written because, at fifteen years old, she had too many emotions about sparkly vampires. (And she regrets nothing.) She has since moved on and has been writing original fiction for over a decade.

Ruby writes atmospheric, character-driven fantasy novels for young adults. She prefers to write about friendships over romances, and uses her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology to bring small but intricate settings to life. She is currently seeking representation.

Originally from the United States, Ruby now lives in London with her husband. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, posting photos of books on Instagram, and doing her darndest to learn Swedish and Welsh.

Favourite book: Sue Limb’s Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture

Other beloved reads: Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices; Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl; Ellis & Beagle’s Moonstruck; Natasha Farrant’s Lydia; Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology; Saundra Mitchell’s Mistwalker; Sydney Padua’s The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage; Stephen Pastis’s Timmy Failure; and literally anything by Rick Riordan or JRR Tolkien

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bob’s Burgers, The Great British Bake-Off, Hilda, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Parks and Recreation, Queer Eye, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Favourite writing snacks: Hard sourdough pretzels and Yorkshire tea

Spiciest book opinion: Pride and Prejudice is a satire first and a romance second

Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff

Other fictional affiliations: Hobbit; Shadowhunter from the London Institute; daughter of Aphrodite; child of Frey; Wundersmith

Zodiac sign: Aquarius-Pisces (born on the cusp)

She also really likes: Baking, martial arts, European history circa 1860-1914, book boxes, the Oxford comma, a good Gothic-Romantic aesthetic, autumn, bookstagram, glitter, chips

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