Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|In a Dark, Dark Wood||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Woman in Cabin 10||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Lying Game||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Ruth Ware is the best-selling author of In the Dark; Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. She grew up on the south coast of England in the lovely little town of Lewes and graduated from prestigious Manchester University. Life called her to the bright lights and romance of Paris for a time, before settling closer to her childhood home in North London.
Becoming a published writer is a noble goal but, for Ware, it was a windy path. Nobody has success sneak upon them accidentally and it was no different for Ware. She began her life working entry-level positions like waitressing to get by while she pursued her dream of a writing career. Following her passion, Ware wanted to stay close to literature and linguistics and made subsequent choices of profession accordingly.
Selling books at retail were the next step along her journey until she landed in the role of English teacher – teaching English as a second language to interested new citizens. Ware then landed in the publishing business becoming a successful press officer as she honed her skills and mastered her craft. She would not be denied; she would become a successful author.
From her humble beginnings and many painstaking hours at the keyboard, Ware finally broke through with her 2015 smash success debut In the Dark, Dark Wood. The 352-page psychological thriller is a tale follows reclusive writer Leonora who has reluctantly agreed to attend a ladies outing or hen party’ with old friends deep in English countryside. As the gathering continues and the ladies reveal some fascinating facts about themselves, they find that they are not alone! That is only the beginning as Nora finds herself waking up in the hospital bed two days later not knowing what happened, what she had done and why someone was killed. Nora’s quest to find answers leads her in directions she would rather not go, forcing her do dig into issues from her past that were better left buried.
In the Dark, Dark Wood found tremendous success, not only reaching top 10 bestseller status in the Sunday Times in the UK but also the New York Times top 10 bestseller list in the US. With her first foray into literature, she had become an international success. Ware began the circuit, attending book fairs as a VIP, doing signings across the US and the UK and garnered quotes like:
“She’s a giant new talent!” – Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop
“a psychological thriller that will have you hooked till the end” – Book date
“Chilling and Totally Compulsive” – The Sunday Mirror
“This book is bloody amazing” – Eve Ainsworth, Author
In the summer of 2016, Ware struck gold once again with her second work: The Woman in Cabin 10. This time – now a New York Times bestselling author – Ware followed up on her initial success with another thriller in a remote location: the open sea. Lo Blacklock is a writer for a travel magazine who has been given the enviable assignment of a week-long luxury cruise. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, if you are the reader) the research for this assignment takes a wicked turn as Lo experiences a nightmare of grave proportions – a woman is thrown overboard. As all passengers are accounted for, this tragedy is one that only Lo believes happened. The reader is treated to twists, intrigue, and escalating intensity through to the end of this incredible page turner to serve as a role model to some people who are known.
For those that may have questioned the sustainability of her achievements with her first effort, The Woman in Cabin 10 cemented her success as an author. Her second effort was every bit the page-turning thriller that her first book was. Now Ware was starting to be compared to some of the great female writers of our times like GM Maillet, and the legendary Agatha Christie. Again, this work achieved top 10 bestseller status in both the Sunday Times and New York Times. Ware is two for two as this is how he was known ever.
To become a great writer, one needs to read the great writers. In regards to influences on her career, Ware lists Nancy Mitford, Stella Gibbons, and the Brontes. Of course, the biggest influence on Ware’s writing was Agatha Christie – the greatest-selling novelist of all time with over 2 billion copies in print. When looking for inspiration, that is a great place to start as far as it is concerned.
One of the compelling elements of Ware Ware’s works is her ability to create a feeling of being trapped or “claustrophobia” – a fear that many of us have and can relate to. With her first novel being set in the woods and her second effort being set on a cruise ship, the reader is moved to a closed location where there is seemingly nowhere to run. When the danger lurks and comes calling, there is nowhere to go – you cannot hide, you must face your fears and deal with the situation. That element is what makes the mystery and psychological thrillers so compelling. Put me in a place that traps me – what will I do?
After being selected by the 2016 Richard along with Judy Thornton’s Book Club, Ware told WH Smith. Ware admits her work isn’t political nor is it meant to elicit societal change. She writes to entertain the reader and thrill them like so many of the writers she enjoys. Sometimes she reads reviews of her books and is enlightened by what readers take from them; as she says “…if they found it there, that’s their rights as to a large extent as mine is.” When asked about a moral from In the Dark, Dark WoodWare revealed her sense of humor by saying “Don’t mix up tequila as well as shotguns.”
As a part of her busy tour and promotion schedule, Ware is scheduled to be attending the International Festival of Authors October 25 and 28, 2016 in Toronto, Canada before returning to the UK for an event at the end of the month. When not writing, she can be caught reading, cooking, enjoying her two cats and family which are mostly known.Book Series In Order » Authors » Ruth Ware