Author Profile - Joanne Ruth


​Joanne Ruth

Genre: Mixed Genre (Though classified as Sci-fi and General Fiction)

Published Books:  

TAMSIN The Unexpected One & TAMSIN  Waking Fire by Joanne Ruth.

Along The Guided Path: A collection of poetry prose and prayers by Joanne Smith.

Local Rotorua writer Joanne Ruth's TAMSIN series books have been nominated for the TCK Publishing – Reader’s Choice awards and her book, TAMSIN The Unexpected One was listed on the CQ International Magazine’s MUST READ LIST for 2018. She was recently a panelist at Murder in the Library and we asked her some questions about her work.   


What turned you to a life of crime (writing)?

I think my love of mystery, intrigue and adventure.  I have always been fascinated by the way people think and operate and the unlimited capabilities of those who dare to step outside the accepted norm. It seems that in most people’s lives there is some sort of battle with the manipulative machinations of the greedy and power hungry. 

Were you always destined to be a writer? If yes, how did you know? If no, what happened to change your path?  

I have always written – since childhood. I loved making up stories and dreaming up incredible scenarios about ordinary things.  Always looking for adventure – I wanted to make movies.  It was only much later in life when health problems put an end to my working life that I decided to finish writing a book I had started many years ago.  Since then my childhood bucket list dreams of being a published author have finally come true.  I wish I had settled into this a long time ago but I have to admit that all those years of life experience adds new facets to my stories. Human nature is fascinating. 

Can you tell us about the most interesting job you have had other than crime writing?

Over the years I have worked a varied array of jobs. I loved working as a legal secretary.  I was so interested in the law and those who try to manipulate it.  The lawyer I worked for had a reputation for being blunt and straight up.  I used to read his law books and he encouraged me to study.  

Another interesting job was with the Inland Revenue Department.  There I encountered human nature at its best and at its worst. A sense of humour was a definite asset.  Real Estate was almost on a par with that. 

What are two things you do in your spare time that might surprise people? 

I don’t think there are many surprises these days. I’m a lot more sedate than I used to be.  I really enjoy reading and movies. The only thing left to do on my bucket list is a flight in a helicopter. I’d still like to do that.    

What are your top tips for aspiring authors? 

Don’t try and write the way you think an author would. Write what you have inside you to write and write it as you would speak it.  Let your individuality come through.  You can always find a good editor who can polish your script for publishing. 

Trust yourself.   

Find someone to read what you write who will be honest with you and give feedback from a reader’s perspective. 

What book are you reading at the moment? 

I am re-reading a couple of Georgette Heyer novels.  I find her books light, witty and clever and her characterisation brilliant.  I'm taking a break from the authors I have been engrossed in - Matthew Riley, Sam Bourne, Lee Child and Andrew Gross.  

Can you tell us about your next project? 

I am presently working on two projects.  Firstly the third book in my TAMSIN series and also an unrelated novel that came about after someone asked me if I would write a romance.  It’s turning out a bit of a mixed genre book too. I have discovered I am definitely not a romance writer. 

What are you looking forward to about Rotorua Noir? 

I’m really looking forward reading some of the stories submitted for the competition.  This is a great opportunity for local writers. The creative buzz from having so many NZ and overseas authors involved will be inspirational and the writer’s workshop will be invaluable for so many aspiring authors.   

What is you connection to Rotorua and what do you love most about it?

I have no familial connection to Rotorua itself but came here for work in 2009.  My father’s family came from the Taupō/Turangi area and I raised my children in Taupō so I do have connection to the Central Plateau.  I love the natural wonders and the spirituality of this area and the sunrises across the lake are unforgettable.  I live here now with my Granddaughter who came to live with me 3 years ago to attend school here.  We both enjoy being involved with local theatre and the shopping here is great.  

Find out more about Joanne Ruth

Visit her page on Amazon 


Page reviewed: 09 May 2018 1:33pm