Ruth Frances Long writes dark young adult fantasy, often about scary fairies, such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things (Dial, Penguin (USA)), and the Dubh Linn trilogy, A Crack in Everything, A Hollow in the Hills and A Darkness at the End. (O’Brien Press). As R. F. Long, she also writes fantasy and paranormal romance.
She lives in Wicklow and works in a specialized library of rare, unusual & occasionally crazy books. But they don’t talk to her that often.
In 2015 she won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy.
http://www.rflong.com/, @RFLong on Twitter, R. F. Long on Facebook, RFLong on Tumblr, RuthFrancesLong on Instagram
Ruths topic is – “Using Folklore in Fiction” (a favourite topic of hers). She always seems to use old stories to create new ones in her writing. She also makes use of setting and description, researching details that really make a story real in a fantasy setting.
Her questions are;
T1 Why use old stories? Haven’t those stories already been told?
T2 Why is setting so important when using folklore/mythology in fiction? Can’t you just make that up?
T3 What details do you need to capture to make a place real and why? How do you do that?
T4 What makes writing the fantastic different to writing the everyday?
T5 How do you take archetypes and turn them into “real” people? Which comes first?
CT – Closing Thoughts.
Huge thanks in advance to Ruth for sharing her writing experience with us.