Today’s guest, Amy Ruttan, is the very first TRW member I met way back in January 2007. Since then we’ve discovered we have more than just a love of writing in common. Back in 1978 we lived in the same town — for about a month. You see Amy was a newborn while I was preparing to get married. In the very same church that Amy ended up marrying her hubby in 25 or so years later. Which leads me on occasion to refer to her as my daughter, and she refers to me jokingly as Mom. (We’re not really, but I’d be proud to have Amy in my family.)

Amy’s one of the writers I turn to when I need advice on my writing, especially since she writes erotic romances with Ellora’s Cave, and Linden Bay. This last year she’s been hard at work on another project – those of you who follow her on Twitter (@ruttanamy) know all about ‘the bump’. Well, I’ll let her explain what–or who–the bump is…

Bringing up Baby

And I’m not referring to the 1938 classic with Carey Grant and Katherine Hepburn; I think that a leopard, in comparison to the newest member of my household, would be a breeze.

I’m talking about a newborn. YIKES, and a real newborn, who is only a couple of weeks old.

When I first wanted to pursue writing, when I first turned my thought to really going after my dream my second child was about a year old. I sold in 2007, I had a toddler and a preschooler and writing came easy peasy … because I had a day job and a lunch hour and I’ve only just realized it now. Writing became more prominent in my life, and the day job went bye bye … there were no plans for a baby.

*sigh* How I tempt the fates. In the middle of writing a series, WHAM, the little stick turned blue and my brain and my muse said “See ya later honey.”

I couldn’t think, couldn’t write. I was this quivering giant mass of hormones. The bump, as I affectionately called my fetus, was the focus of my life and I wondered if I would ever write again? I’m sure I was boring my Twitter followers and blog followers, and as the bump grew larger I couldn’t get online, as in my lap top no longer had a lap.

My new addition came, another boy, and suddenly my muse showed up in my hospital room. Really, seriously? You’re coming back after all these months of desertion with a crying, pooping, demanding little thing stuck to my nipples and giving me all these great ideas for erotic romance. SERIOUSLY?

I realized then that my muse is warped, very warped indeed, because the last thing on my mind was the very thing that got me into trouble in the first place.

Yet, here I am two weeks in the trenches, the slave to a demanding man (yeah my daughter seemed to be easier) and during the night when he’s attached to my poor bountiful heaving bosom, I’m making notes. While he’s filling his diaper and sleeping in his bouncy chair or bassinet and my other two are happily engaged in activities I run for the computer.

Bringing Up Baby seemed to be the cure for my writer’s block, for the few moments I have to write and leave behind smelly diapers and sour milk is precious. Writing is a joy a pleasure and not my job.

Of course I don’t recommend this as a cure of writer’s block, unless of course you really want to, but my writing is coming along again. It’s like I found the joy when I was a fresh new writer, those first sun kissed days were there were no bad reviews, promotion and other assorted fun things which gave my muse her own little bump to haul around.

Since this is my last guy, I’m going to enjoy the few stolen moments I have to write. The words are flying on the page, since the water retention is gone and my fingers are back up to their 70 wpm. As for the rest of the time I’m going to enjoy Bringing Up Baby, because frankly they grow way too fast for my liking. I may resent the sore nipples and sleepless nights now, but I’m sure one day I’ll miss them.

Just don’t tell him that! 😉



Amy is giving away a copy of the winner’s choice of her books – so head over to her website, read about her books, then head back here and post your congratulations to Amy along with which book of hers you’d love to read.

Amy Ruttan is Bringing Up Baby

33 thoughts on “Amy Ruttan is Bringing Up Baby

  • July 12, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Hi Amy! Congrats on your releases. My question is how to you come up with your titles? Do you come up with one before writing or during?

    I would love to read Hard Candy.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  • July 12, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Hi, Amy
    I'm always amazed and inspired when an author fits her writing in while raising a family. Thanks for the closeup. I'd like to read Love thy Neighbor.

  • July 12, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Hi Cindy. I try to come up with the titles before hand, sometimes I come up with a title and my editor and me change it, like Hard Candy was originally titled All the Way, but since that was similar to a title already published at EC I had to change it.

    I think coming up with titles is the hardest thing sometimes. Even harder than a synopsis. LOL!

  • July 12, 2009 at 4:57 am

    LOL, Amy, you're right about titles being the hardest thing. How many authors have we heard moaning that they can't come up with a title, or that their editor requires a different title?

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Marley most days it amazes me I can get stuff done. LOL!! 😛

    Especially since this new guy is my most demanding baby. I've never had one like this before.

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Congratulations on your new releases! Your books sound awesome and it's hard to pick just one but my attention was really captured by "Enchantress: The Sorceress, Book 2". Warriors from hell?! How the heck do you fight them? I'd so love to read this one.

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:42 am

    congrats on the baby and the muse coming back. My choice would be Hard Candy. It sounds really good.
    lexeetoste at

  • July 12, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Congrats on your writing and being able to balance work and family!

    The book I'd like is Hard Candy.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  • July 12, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Enjoyed th post and Tantalizing Treats sounds like my kind of read! Paranormal vampire romances are my favorites.

  • July 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hi! Congratulations Amy! I just can't imagine how you do it!
    Tantalizing Treats sounds great (I had a hard choice from your booklist:))

  • July 12, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations and enjoy!!

    So many great books, the one I'd love to read is Enchantress: The Fey, Book 1.

  • July 12, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations on your new baby! And kudos for a successful career at home while raising children. I have five and work at home, technical writing and research (fiction is my dream). It's been over 18 years and I'm blessed to have had that time with my children while they grow.

    I would love to read Hard Candy.

  • July 12, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Congrats on the new baby and having your muse back. I would like to win a copy of "Hard Candy."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • July 12, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations, Amy, your little boy is gorgeous.

    I would love to read Love Thy Neighbor.

  • July 12, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Congratulaions on your release and a double CONGRATS on your beautiful "little bump". He is so cute! You've heard of "raisins on a cupcake"…well, mine were "prunes on a cupcake". Luckily, they have shifted back to normal (whew). I certainly don't miss those sleepless nights, but enjoy baby while you can. They do grow up fast.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'd like a chance to win TEMPTING TURQUOISE.

  • July 12, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Thanks everyone! LOL! Armenia your "prunes on a cupcake" had me laughing so hard. Hehehe.

    Lesa I'm so glad I left my evil day job, your right your kids are only young once, and I quit a year ago this month, and I had missed too much time with my elder two.

  • July 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Big congrats Amy!!!

    I really enjoyed your post and had a fun time looking at your website and books.

    I'd LOVE to read:

    Enchantress: The Fey, Book 1


  • July 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Congrats on the baby and being able to write again!
    I would love to read Rain God.

  • July 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I know the fun of the evasive muse. I am just now trying to find it again and get my first work to come out and only part way into it found a stumbling block. Even now working of reviews I find days that the stuff comes out and the next I may as well forget about it. Congrats on the new one… as a mom of 4 boys I know the fun of multiple rugrats…. now I do know too that I do not want any more around for a while and definately not mine… LOL

  • July 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Man, check out my friends! All in one convenient spot (all we need now is Christine. Anyone seen her? Is she still alive?)

    Leah, enter me today. Amy gets to pick it. Oh, and Amy, I've got a pressie for you, so drop me your address!

    btw, I posted about this at Win a Book. 'Cause I love you guys!

  • July 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    YEAH! Hi Amy!! Congrats (again) on your little peanut! 😀 And I am very happy to hear (read) that your muse is back!!

    I was looking at your new releases…and I just kept coming back to Hardy Candy! It looks uber yummy 😀

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Congrats on your releases and the baby! I would like to read Hard Candy. That sounds so yummy! 🙂

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Hello Amy. I would love Enchantress the Fey.

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Congrats on both your new additions..
    Hard to pick just one. I've read Enchantress: The Fey, and loved Alfwyn. If I'm lucky enough to win I'd like his story..
    Enchantress: The Sorceress
    Thank you for blogging and for the contest.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, Amy. Congrats on the young'un. I would love to read Enchantress The Fey-just sounds good to me.

  • July 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    ongrats, Amy!!! My pick would be Enchantress: The Fey, thanks!


  • July 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Congrats on the "bump," Amy, and certainly on regaining your muse! Hats off to you for this being such a productive time for you! And enjoy this special time with your "last"–it's a little bittersweet going through the baby stage knowing you don't plan to repeat it!

    As for reads, Tempting Turquoise is quite tempting to me!

  • July 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats Amy on your newest addition! They do grow up to fast. I would love to read Hard Candy. Thrust sounds like a fun setting!

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  • July 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Congratulations on your successes. Ienjoyed reading about your various books and had a hard time choosing just one. I finally settled on Enchantress: The Fey, Book 1
    Thank You for the contest,
    Michelle B.

  • July 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Amy, congratulations on everything! It sounds like you are enjoying your new baby as well as the return of your muse. Babies are so much fun – at least I've always thought so, especially with my nieces and nephews.

    As for which book of yours I'd love to read, it's definitely Hard Candy.

  • July 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Enchantress: The Fey has piqued my interest.

  • July 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    congrats Amy on all your books new and old its a hard choice

    id love to read all of them butt if i had to chose

    thata nd i seen was in both printa nd e-book would be Enchantress: The Fey

  • July 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    How do the older two like the new baby?

    I would like to read Rain God.

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