Saturday, February 08, 2014

Writer's Workspace:Amy Ruttan

PHS visits with 2nd time Harlequin Medical Author Amy Ruttan

I was asked to talk about my writing space and how it influences me.

*insert maniacal laughter here* I laugh because I seem to write wherever my kids are; which is the living room of my house.

I do have a designated writing space, a nook in my master bedroom that looks so awesome and inviting, but I rarely write there. I would LOVE to be able to write in my “office” at one point, but with three kids who are 10, 8 and 4 respectively, I haven’t had the luxury to sneak away and write.

Where I write is usually in my brown recliner in the living room so I can see what those three are up to.

I’ve tried to sneak up stairs to my little haven of a writing nook, where I have all my printed books neat on a shelf and a white board waiting for me to plot. No distractions and a comfy office chair. When I get to use that office, it’s like Heaven.

*cue angel music*

Usually when I try to sneak away to write, when my husband’s not at home, I put on a movie and those kids promise me they’ll be good with sweet smiles (I should know better by now), but the moment I sit down in my chair upstairs I hear it. Like a Siren calling a sailor to his death.

“Mom, James is touching me!”
“Leave me alone, Aidan!”
“Give me that back!”
“Argghh! Ewww.”
“You smell!”

I love my kids. Don’t get me wrong, but I really enjoy the days they’re ALL at school.

So how does my writing space influence me? Actually, you can say my kids influence me to write. To be the best that I can be. Why? So that I can stay home and be there for them.

That’s why I write, that’s what inspires me to keep going on the days the doubt weasels are trying to rip me a new one.

I do it for them.

I want them to see that I’m pursuing my dream. That with hard work and determination, a dream can become reality; that is unless your dream is have a herd of unicorns in a candy coated castle in the clouds, then that might be a bit harder to obtain. *grin*

So my workspace influences me greatly. It reminds me why I do what I love and hopefully inspires my kids to go after their own dreams.

After all, they say home is where the heart is.

Amy writes for Harlequin Medical Romance.

Her second book Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart release February 1, 2014 and her third book Pregnant with the Soldier’s Son will be releasing July, 2014.

You can find more about Amy at her website or follow her on Twitter at @ruttanamy


  1. Gosh! Great post, Amy. How you find *any* time to write when your 3 children are at home amazed me! I find myself distracted by my dog and the noisy TV. Earplugs help! Caroline x

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