King’s CROWNing Authors with Ruth Frances Long

It’s time for the next King’s CROWNing Authors (Cajoling Random Observations Now) interview. Please welcome, Ruth Frances Long.

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 Sorry about the formatting, I did try to fix it but to no avail and now I must away.

1. Have you ever whispered what you were reading to yourself as you read?

Yes, quite often when both reading and reading back over my writing. Some words and phrases need to be tasted and formed on the lips to be real.

2. Do you like things that are numbered or alphabetised?
Well, by day I’m a librarian so they definitely need to be carefully and accurately ordered. For preference Alphabetised but you can get down to more detail if they’re ordered by number. (And yes, I straighten pictures).
3. I sometimes whisper the best and truest bit of books just to taste them, so does that mean my whispers are forever contained between the pages?
Definitely. Along with the whispers of all their other readers.
4. It’s dark the electricity is gone do you use a candle or the torch of your phone to read by?
The phone, or read on a tablet. Or else go to sleep. You’ve got to take sleep where you can get it sometimes.
5. What are the best writerly covens to join?
A Crack in Everything by R.F.Long
A Crack in Everything by R.F.Long
The Romantic Novelists Association is one of the best I’ve come across. Wonderfully supportive, fun and informative, helpful to all. And the conferences are amazing. Informal groups of readers and writers are great too. I’m part of a YA bookclub for grownup readers with many writerly types. Ireland is particularly supportive when it comes to writers and there are many areas where writers can support each other – even if it’s just a hug and a cup of tea (or wine).
6. The branches of a tree scrapped me once do you think it just wanted a hug or to take me?
Run away as fast as you can. Especially if its anything like the trees in The Treachery of Beautiful Things.
7. One two Buckley shoe – what does this mean to you? Answer must be in past tense.
I remembered the rhyme but not with those words. Had the words changed while I wasn’t listening? And what did they mean now?
 8. Explain déjà vu in eight and a half words?
Your brain remembering future events it shouldn’t know yet…
9. I pulled a muscle while yawning once. 
I’ve done that.
10. Best bookish treats?
A brand new book all shiny and fresh with new book smell. A very old book, duty and heavy with years, thick cream pages and jet black ink, leather covers traced with elaborate designs in gold.


Thank you for your wonderful answers Ruth.


About Ruth Frances Long

R.F. Long always had a thing for fantasy, romance and ancient mysteries. The combination was bound to cause

R. F. Long
R. F. Long

trouble. In university she studied English Literature, History of Religions and Celtic Civilisation, which just compounded the problem.


Her YA dark fantasy The Treachery of Beautiful Things from Dial Books for Young Readers came out on 16th August 2012 in hardback and will be out in paperback 1st August 2013. She is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of Watson, Little Ltd.

She lives in Wicklow, the Garden County of Ireland, and works in a specialized library of rare and unusual books.

But they don’t talk to her that often. Or maybe she’s learning not to listen. Maybe.


Links for R. F. Long
@RFLong on Twitter
Facebook Page

The Treachery of Beautiful Things on Facebook
A Crack in Everything (O’Brien Press, Autumn 2014)


Have a look at another interview – Abi Elphinstone

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