Ruth Staunton lives in a small town in the Southeast with her two cats. She is a voracious reader, who has been writing since middle school. She originally wanted to write mainstream contemporary romance, but her penchant for alpha males soon had her taking a sharp left turn into spanking and domestic discipline fiction.
Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
When I first started writing, around about middle school age, my biggest supporter was my mother. However, since I write spanking/domestic discipline fiction, she doesn’t know about my current work. Now, my biggest supporters are several friends I’ve made online.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
I definitely need background noise. I tend to write to music. In fact, I often create playlists to go with whatever particular story I happen to be working on at the time.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
Sometimes, my characters have their own minds. Many readers have complained about one particular scene in Playing with Fire (a young boy is spanked by his godfather – mostly offscreen). I’ve tried to explain that I honestly didn’t have a choice about it. I rewrote the scene no less than three times trying to write it without the controversial part and the character simply refused to do anything different.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human,
which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
I think Lainie, from my latest book Learning to Live Again would probably be the one I would get along with best. Lainie and I are a lot alike. Stacy, from Playing with Fire, was deliberately written to be somewhat my exact opposite so in real life she would probably drive me crazy.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
I started writing initially when I was about 12 after my sixth grade teacher did a unit on creative writing. It flipped a switch in my brain that has never stopped since.
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
I don’t know that there is any genre that I read that I couldn’t write. There are some I have never tried to write, but not that I think I never could. Then again, a good friend of mine swears I could never write a straightforward mainstream romance, though I have read a ton of them, because I could never resist having the male character go all dominant on the female. She could be right. What can I say, I like dominant men. 🙂
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
I’ve only been writing for publication for a few years so I can’t see too many major changes, but I definitely see self-publishing opening up more and more.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
I think self-publishing can be a very good thing. I self-published an anthology of short stories based on characters that are in or will eventually appear in my novels and thoroughly enjoyed it.
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc.
And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
I think covers are tremendously important. They can either attract a reader or completely turn them off. They are in many ways your first impression. They can brand you as a professional or condemn you as an amateur. I haven’t ever re-done one, but I’ve thought about it.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
Mystery/cop drama. I’m a huge fan of all the cop drama TV shows – NCIS, Criminal Minds, Forensic Files and the like. I don’t know if I could ever pull it off, but it might be fun to try.
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
As crazy as it may sound for someone who writes in the genre I do, spanking scenes and sex scenes are the hardest. They are both intensely intimate but have so much potential to go wrong and come off sounding trite, mechanical or just plain stupid.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
Characters, without question. For me, the story has to flow from who the characters are and where they find themselves.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
I write what I love. In fact, my first forays into writing for other people came out of frustration with not being able to find the stories that I wanted to read. I’m not sure I could ever write something I didn’t love myself.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Umm… I write spanking fiction… 🙂 Yes, absolutely my own personal fantasies and interests fuel my writing.
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?
Generally, I try not to write about real people or events. I need to be able to be free to imagine without getting bogged down and how it “really happened”. However, my newest book, Learning to Live Again, is an exception to that rule. It was inspired by a situation a former colleague found herself in and I wondered what would happen if her husband decided to take a more active role, like one in a domestic discipline relationship might be able to.
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
Fairly frequently. I’ve been known to be rereading stories and find whole sections I don’t remember writing.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Generally, I use a dictation program so no, but on the rare occasion that I do type manually, yes I do.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
LOL… Probably a lot.
What are you two favorite 80’s movies?
Dead Poets’ Society and Footloose (the original)
Why are man-hole covers round?
Because if they were square, people would constantly be tripping over the corners.
Sometimes, you just have one of those nights. Maybe you’ve broken the rules. Maybe you’re cranky and stressed. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and Little. Whatever the reason, you need a spanking. In this anthology of short spanking stories, three women and one man all find themselves having one of those nights Fortunately, they have husbands and boyfriends who know just what to do.
Notice: This book contains ADULT NONSEXUAL domestic discipline and age-related roleplay between M/F and M/M couples. If you find this offensive, this is not the book for you.
Stacey Reinhardt is a 22-year-old small town girl – the quintessential rebel. She loves to party and is a serial dater. Most of her relationships, if they can be called that, are one night stands or casual flings. No commitment, no strings. She meets Sheriff’s Deputy Cade Dawson in a bar and is immediately intrigued by him, but Cade wants nothing to do with her. He’s attracted to her, but knows she’s the type of woman he doesn’t need. She’s a flirt and a partier used to a string of one night stands, and he’s an old-fashioned man with old-fashioned ideas. He believes in respecting and protecting women. He demands loyalty and faithfulness, and he spanks. As a joke, he dares Stacey to try dating only one man for a month. She accepts and chooses him.
Much too both their surprise, they quickly find their joke relationship turning into more. Cade makes no bones about the fact that he believes in protecting women and in old-fashioned values and won’t hesitate to enforce his expectations by way of a sound spanking if necessary. At first, Stacey dismisses this as an occasional thing and no big deal, but then her old ways begin to resurface, and she suddenly comes face-to-face with the fact Cades expectations and methods are very real. He will hold her accountable and spank her, and he honestly expects her to change her behavior.
Will the wild child be able to change her ways for an old-fashioned spanking man, or will her rebel spirit and the pressure and rumors of a small town tear them apart?
Tired of increasing chaos in his family life and the distance that is growing between him and his wife, Lainie, Grant Taylor decides the only way to save his marriage is to get back to the domestic discipline lifestyle he grew up with. When he finds Corbin’s Bend on the Internet, he is certain it is the perfect place for them to start over.
Exhausted and tired of juggling everything herself, Lainie reluctantly agrees to her husband’s suggestion. However, she is new to the lifestyle and more than a little uncertain about it. To make matters worse, their 15-year-old daughter Kathleen is convinced they had moved her into some kind of weird spanking cult. She is miserable and not at all shy about letting everybody know it.
Will moving to Corbin’s Bend be their saving grace, or will it be the final straw that tears them apart?