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 the better part of a decade.

Ruby writes atmospheric, character-driven fantasy novels for YA audiences. She prefers writing about friendships rather than romances, and uses her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology as an excuse to build huge worldbuilding documents full of details that never quite make it into her novels. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, Lady of Daemons.

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: Girl, Nearly 16, Absolute Torture (Sue Limb)

Other beloved reads: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare), Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer), Lydia (Natasha Farrant), Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman), Mistwalker (Saundra Mitchell), Timmy Failure (Stephen Pastis), The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey (Lousie Rennison), and literally anything that Rick Riordan writes

Favourite colour: Yellow

Favourite shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bob’s Burgers, The Great British Bake-Off, Hilda, Miraculous Ladybug, Parks and Recreation, Queer Eye

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

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

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

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