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Teresa's Reading Corner: Author Spotlight: Michael Ruddy

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Author Spotlight: Michael Ruddy

Today's Author Spotlight is shining on Michael Ruddy who wrote Conflicts with Interest.  Please welcome him as he tells us about inspiration.
Make Me Write It

An inspiration that not only creates a plot line, but a novel and writing vocation as well——the best way to explain it? Let’s say you experience something in life that you know is not legitimate. You’re not completely sure though, because you’re still thinking naively that most of the world is trustworthy. But after a few more coincidences it’s obvious, the probability of events proves highly improbable. Now you are focused.

You begin to suspect and question——everything that has one dollar of interest in conflict with your genuine belief of fair and just. It’s the same from any viewpoint. The answers become an unbelievable convergence of conflict from many different directions, even related parties with different interests.

You become party to a lawsuit that unfolds slowly as you learn the legal process. “Can it be true?” you ask yourself——then start examining each detail of conflict for a better understanding and possible explanation. Instead, only validating the corruption laced into the present day system. More disappointment.

Why didn’t anyone teach you about this? Why has nothing been published on the topic; or the possibility, if nothing else?

It has been said that anger and frustration equal motivation. Call it inspirational anger, perhaps, but there was a need to tell the story of frustration for others. And, once I started processing the frustration, it acted in a therapeutic way … giving way to exposing more stories to come … wanting the reader to derive a real-life benefit from each story.

——Michael Ruddy, Author of Conflicts with Interest.

Michael Ruddy is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in engineering administration. He has spent the last forty years associated with both the commercial and residential disciplines of the construction industry, which inspired many of the events in his novel, Conflicts with Interest. Currently, he resides in Boulder, CO with his wife, five children, dog and cutting horses. While the author has been published in short-story format, Conflicts with Interest is his debut novel.

You can find Michael online at

Thank you Michael!



At June 29, 2010 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

WOW! I like that "inspirational anger"...great letter from him :)

At July 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for hosting Michael Ruddy this week. I hope your readers visit his website and consider his book.



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