About Me

Find out who I am, how I could help you, and why I have started this journey now.

Hello ♡

My name is Ruth Tuffnell and I am a yet-to-be-published (and in fact, yet-to-write-the-novel), aspiring author. I use this site to give you updates on my journey in the hope I can inspire and help you put pen to paper too. However, the main focus of this site is to share my knowledge and expertise on how you can build, maintain and grow your author platform and business.

About Me...

I was born and bred in Shropshire (England) and despite moving away for university (Aberystwyth), I came back home via short stays in Lytham and Bracknell. I live in a rural village not far from the foothills of the Wrekin, and whilst I adore my home county, my second home is the gorgeous county of Cornwall, where one day I dream of retiring to a bookshop-come-tearoom overlooking the coast.

Ruth Tuffnell

This is me! (I hate photos)

I'm a full-time, single mum to my four children who, at the time of writing (November, 2021), range in age from 14 to 19. I also have several voluntary roles at the local Cricket Club where my eldest daughter plays. I'm not quite sure where I fit in the time to write as well!

As I've grown older, I've learned to embrace my mid-forties and have accepted the ups and downs of the rollercoaster journey of life. Life has dealt me some blows but I can see these challenges with more clarity now I am older and view who I am in a different light. Physically, I have let my natural grey hair come through, my body is beginning to fall apart at my slightly overstuffed seams, but I am proud to be the woman that life has shaped me into.

How Can I Help You?

Are you a writer or author looking to set up your author platform? Do you already have a platform but want to make it work better for you? Are you unsure whether what you have in place is everything you should have? Do you need to grow your following?

Or do you not know what an author platform is and why you should have one? Are you worried about how you go about setting one up and are not sure of the steps you need to take?

Whatever your situation, I can help you understand what an author platform is and why you need one; how you can set one up; how you can maintain it once you've built it; and how you can grow it.

I have ten years experience in the field of digital marketing and have worked with authors throughout that time. I have been instrumental in the creation of author websites and understand what authors need to get their writing out into the world.

Book Reviews

As a book blogger, I publish reviews of all books that I read on this site. I read a range of material but most books are works of fiction and tend to be in the thriller/detective or romance/chick lit genres.

I do however like to receive recommendations for books to read so do let me know what you're reading, or what you think I might like. I do love to hear from you so please do get in touch.

I use my social media platforms (links in the footer) to promote my review posts and my little bookworm friend Norris (see right), is the star of those posts. He's the reason there's a gnome in my logo.

Norris the Bookworm Gnome PT

#NorrisTheBookwormGnome

Why Writing? Why Now?

I've loved writing ever since I was a child. I used to spend hours crafting my own stories into little books as I was growing up, when I wrote about things that interested me. I loved reading and was always surrounded by bursting-at-the-seams bookshelves wherever I lived.

As a child I loved books like Malory Towers, The Magic Faraway Tree, and The Ten Tales of Shellover. As I progressed through the teenage years I was hooked on teenage romance, but also through GCSE and A-Level English Literature I fell in love with books such as The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Handmaid's Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird and many (many) others.

While I originally went to university to study Geography/Geology, I only managed a year before I basically dropped out and started again doing English. I found the first year heavy going with all the classics - Chaucer, Milton etc. - but I enjoyed the American classics I was reading in the American Literature modules I took as supplemental to English Literature. Therefore, in year two, I dropped the English modules and concentrated on American Literature which I really enjoyed.

I still always have a book on the go and despite years of reluctance saying that there was something special about the feel and smell of a physical book, I am also now an eReader! Nothing can replace the sensory pleasures of a physical book but I confess I am finding the electronic experience a lot less traumatic than I anticipated.

I've always felt I had a novel in me and have, more than once, made a start but never got all that far. I feel like now is the time to begin, and I am genuinely hoping that this is the time that I get my first manuscript written.

Connect with Me ...

You can find me in all the usual places - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please also feel free to get in touch with me via the contact page.

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