Veronica Ruff recently released her new novel, Protectors: The Beginning, in May 2018. We wanted to catch up with the author and find out how her life had changed since becoming a published author.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
What was your first job?
Working as a sales assistant in a jewellery store, whilst studying Gemmology.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I had a strong feeling that I needed to write a book. I don’t know why I felt that I needed to do it as, at the time, I was extremely busy and doing a lot of shift work so there really wasn’t much time to be spared for writing. I will never forget that period of time, however, as we had just moved into a new unit and discovered that we had an uninvited guest already living there. It was quite scary actually.
What was your life like before you became an author?
Busy, busy, busy. Having a young child, a very demanding job and all that goes along with it as most mums would tell you, leaves little time for anything else. I really miss those days. It is a young family’s world and once the kids grow up, life changes and you have to reinvent yourself. When I look back on those times, I do so with fondness and I wonder how on earth I fit everything in!
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I think the struggles that I had are the ones that most face. Being a single parent at the time meant that money was always tight. The most important thing was that my child should not go without, so he was priority number one. In between, I scrimped and saved every penny to buy our unit. I didn’t earn a lot but I was determined to have a roof over our heads; for me, that is security. I remember wearing shoes with holes in them for six months. My dad had mentioned that during the depression years, people couldn’t afford to replace worn out shoes so they put cardboard in the bottom of them, so I did that. You’d be surprised how little money you can survive on when you really have to.
I would buy frozen vegetables for $1 a pack. I don’t think that I had a haircut in twelve months. I was grateful that I had a uniform that was paid for by my place of employment, because I wouldn’t have had money to buy work clothes. I also remember how cruel some of the people were that I worked with. My work uniform was threadbare and nearly see through. For some reason, the lady that organised the supply of uniforms didn’t like me very much and refused to give me my new replacement uniforms. That really hurt and I was quite humiliated because you could see right through the uniform in the sunlight. I remember having to be careful not to stand in the sunlight.
I remember another staff member laughing at me because my blazer was thread bare. I never was given my uniform and watched as everyone else received their four yearly entitlement. You become resourceful. You work hard for every cent so you learn to appreciate what you have. I’m like most mums in that I did without so that my child could have what other children had – within reason.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I’d have to say that my life hasn’t changed at all since I have become a published author. I’m still doing the same things on a daily basis. I have always been one to not worry as long as my family and I are healthy and safe, then I’m happy.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I’m pretty much on repeat these days. I have a demanding job and work reasonably long hours. My family is my priority so really everything I do is for them – just the way I like it.
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
I’d have to say receiving my first contract for Protectors and doing my first interview.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Professional, organised, helpful and experts in their field. When you are contracted to Pegasus, you know you are in good hands.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus are a well-known and reputable publishing house. When you have been offered a contract by Pegasus, you know that you truly do have a work worth publishing. Pegasus are serious about what they do and how they are perceived in the professional arena, so they take each client that they decide to accept as one of their authors very seriously. Pegasus is synonymous with quality.
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