Interview with an Author - Ophelia Rue

  • Tell me a little about yourself, personally.

I live in Rhode island. I'm high school special ed teacher for students with social/ emotional issues. I keep my writing a secret from my friends and family because I want to make sure I'm doing it for the right reasons. I want to write because I love it, not because my identity requires it. This also allows me the freedom to write without fear if some parts take a dark turn.

  • What is the name of the book or books you have published?

I have published five books so far. Three are part of a sci-fi series called Eclipse. The books in the series are: Eclipse, Typhon, and The Infinite Eye. They are a combination of character based action and mystery similar in tone to the Expanse or Culture books. I also have a Novella names My Summer Friend, which is about a young man returning from college and facing an identity crisis when he obsesses over a childhood crush and a book of short stories called Something in the Water, which contains is related to My Summer Friend. All the stories are loosely intertwined and end in a twist.

  • Where can they be found?

All of my books can be found at

  • Do you have any current WIPs?

Yes it's called a novella called Exuvia, and is related to the Something in the Water stories. It's about a photojournalist following a group of young rich friends under the guise of doing a story on them, but he has a hidden motive.

  • How are they going?

I'm editing right now.

  • What got you into writing?

I spent a lot of time alone growing up with a single mother that worked full time and was earning her degree at night. I played with my toys, acting out adventures and only later when I got into writing in college did I realize it was the same thing.

  • What keeps you focused?

I'm just driven to get the stories out. I'm a very busy person, and keeping it a secret requires a lot of discipline with any free time I have.

  • What gives you inspiration?

Music is my main inspiration. For sci-fi usually listening to scores from films. For contemporary fiction usually Hope Sandoval or Lana Del Rey.

  • How do you battle writer’s block?

Back in college, I used to get writers block but now my time is so limited that the stories tend to build up faster than I can get them out, so it's not really an issue at this point.

  • Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?

I self publish.

  • What made you make that choice?

I started off writing screenplays but got frustrated waiting around. I just wanted to write and have a finished product.

  • How does it feel to be considered an author?

I like the idea of it. It feels right, like it's the real me. My job and most social situations feel more like acting.

  • What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?

Twitter: @OpheliaRue1

Reddit: u/opheliarue

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