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Author F.L Ruby: Spotlight

I read and reviewed author F.L. Ruby’s novel Sean Roberts in the summer of 2018.  I was so very impressed with his writing.  That is why he is one of my favorite authors and has earned a position on my Author Spotlight page!  Please see his interview and upcoming work below.  

1.        What inspired you to write a book?

I’ve wanted to write a novel for some time. I’ve always had good ideas for stories pop into my head but didn’t write them down. My inspiration grew after I had written my dissertation for my doctorate (Ed.D.) at Columbia University. I loved the process and decided I would use my writing/research experience to create my own story.

2.       What does your typical writing day look like?

I wrote Sean Roberts in the early morning, late evening, and sometimes all day on the weekends. I often got up at 3:00 AM and put a pot of coffee on and started writing whatever came into my head. Same strategy during the weekends—a brain dump, which came out of my head faster than I could write it down. I used an old-school tablet first and then transferred it to a laptop. I like the feel of a pen and paper where I can cross out words and add arrows to thoughts connected to a sentence or paragraph. I wrote a lot in my backyard, an average suburban backyard that turned into the Caribbean or the shores of Ireland. I also like to write in coffee shops and/or quaint bars/restaurants. My favorite is an Irish Pub called Barry’s Old School Irish.

3.       Do you have a favorite book you have written?

Sean Roberts is my debut novel.

4.       What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?

Never give up. Have fun and enjoy the process. If you figure out you love to write you’re blessed. Learn from feedback (good and bad). Use it as motivation. No feedback is feedback too. It motivated me to persevere.

5.       Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?

I am on Twitter (FLRuby2), Facebook (F.L. Ruby), and Instagram (f.l.ruby). is my website. I love to interact with readers and will respond ASAP.  Check out my website and let’s start a dialogue. I have book club questions that need answers!

6.       How do you handle literary criticism?

It motivates me to work harder and it encourages me to make the story better. My goal with Sean Roberts was to make each chapter better. If I received criticism on a particular chapter (and I certainly did), I was determined to make that chapter the best one.

7.       Please describe your writing space?

As I mentioned in question two, I like to alternate where I write. I like to write in public places, preferably small cafes or pubs. But I also like to write privately at home. I’ve found I can write just about anywhere. I can easily escape into my own world.

8.       Who is your own favorite author?  Dead or alive.

It’s hard to say because there are so many great authors. Charles Dickens was my very first favorite. We read Great Expectations in English class and I was immediately hooked. I love what J.K. Rowling has done with Harry Potter.

9.       What is the most helpful thing to you in this industry?

It’s been great to correspond with other authors. I’ve realized we’re all rooting for each other. Book reviews have been the most helpful, especially from Leonard Tillerman’s website. He also provides good advice for writers.

10.   If you had to describe yourself in 3 words…what would they be?

Determined, appreciative, lucky.

Upcoming Work:

I am currently working on a sequel to Sean Roberts. But I also can’t help working on a second project, one that I can’t get out of my head even while I write the sequel. I’m not sure of the title yet, but it’s something I feel I have to write. The only thing I can say about it is…it’s filled with human emotion. I felt the same way with Sean Roberts. I didn’t plan to write it the way it turned out, it just happened that way. I love to write so I guess I’m blessed.

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WMAP Radio host KC Armstrong  interviewed F. L. Ruby on March 8, 2018.

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Thanks,  everyone, for your support with the WMAP Radio Event! 113 votes separated both finalists, with over  10,000+ votes for each! Thank you!

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F.L. Ruby was born in Freeport, New York and grew up in North Jersey. He lives in New York with his three children–Mack, Sophie, and Tori.

Sean Roberts is F.L. Ruby’s debut novel. Available in Kindle format on all devices and in paperback at all bookstores worldwide.

Follow F.L. Ruby on Twitter @FLRuby2 and on Facebook.


Sean Roberts, a novel, is fiction. Some ideas are based on actual history or perceived truths. I mention real people in the story, Mozart, for example. Many sub-genres exist within the story line; however, it’s not true historical fiction. I deviate from historic fact often. For example, Cork is mentioned as a major medieval territory in Ireland. I used Cork because it was believed my ancestors came from County Cork. Parts of the book show England as a tyrant, invaders of Ireland, from the Norman invaders to the mid-seventeenth century wars. Sean Roberts was not written to misrepresent the past, or to compare the violent Irish conflict to any tragic atrocities committed against any people. I also use religion throughout the novel, mostly Catholicism, not to judge but perhaps to ask my own questions, stemming from my Catholic school, altar boy upbringing.

I do have a tale to tell and I want you, the reader, to be my audience. As you read on, you will realize Sean Roberts is all about love, undeniably.

I believe love is far greater than hate, not only in biological or psychological terms but also in percentages. Love is more prevalent than hate; it’s clearly in the majority. Strength in numbers says love not only dominates, but it has the power, through these numbers, to stamp out hate, once and for all.

We’re born with love, all of us, a hundred percent. Not everyone is born with hate though. In fact, I believe no one is born with hate; it can only be acquired through the human experience of life. It’s almost always triggered by contact with another human being, consistent to the way an infectious disease is spread, human-to-human. Love, however, is connected to the human spirit. They both mean the same thing. Hate does not.

Everything we do is influenced by our perception of love. The bottom line is love conquers all. Always has and always will. We have no control over our own love, we love naturally. However, we can choose to spread this love to others. Our only hope is our love is reciprocal. If you return the love, it will spread, like a fire, faster and with more force than any other response possible. Love can change people. It has throughout time. People changed by love can change time. The proof is in the depth of their love.

I chose to display an Irish flag on the cover of Sean Roberts. Perhaps it would have been better to have a world flag representing everyone, an undivided world. I truly believe we are all one, brothers and sisters—humankind—all races, religious beliefs, sexual orientation. It shouldn’t matter; we’re all one and the same.

Sean Roberts’ message is simple: love one another. Imagine what the world could be like if everyone understood this simple notion, especially nowadays. Think of a world with no wars, no hatred, and no oppression—only peace.

F. L. Ruby



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  1. Prelim Interview for F.L. Ruby on WMAP Radio with KC Armstrong

    F.L. Ruby (pen name) F is for my grandfather, Floyd Roberts, L is for my mother, Louise (Roberts), and Ruby is for my grandmother, Ruby Roberts.

    1. What makes you different or unique…that adds to success?
    Other than not having a typical path to become a writer (although many find it later in life like I did), I can honestly say I get high when I write. Not only mentally, but physically too. I get a runners’-type high, very similar to when I exercise. I know I’ve been lucky over the years with working out, it has always come easy for me and much of it has to do with getting so amazingly high. Endorphins, no doubt. I eventually realized I have this same feeling when I write. So, I’m lucky. It’s probably an odd combination but I can’t help it and couldn’t stop if I tried, not that I would ever want to.

    2. Most embarrassing moment?
    Other than throwing up on you when we rode the scrambler ride at an amusement park in Connecticut (you probably don’t remember, KC), I don’t think your show is long enough for me to list the many I have had over the years. Let’s just say I’ve had many. And yes, I did babysit you and Matt.

    3. Proudest moment?
    Becoming/being a dad. My son, Mack (22) is a junior at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY. My daughter Sophie (20) is a sophomore at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and my youngest, Tori (14) is a freshman at Pittsford Mendon HS. Mack is a sports management major and Sophie is a dance major. Tori dances at Rochester City Ballet with Draper Dance.

    4. Most inspirational topic & or person?
    Many people have been inspirational to me. Those who have overcome adversity are at the top of the list.

    5. Future goal or vision?
    To write for as long as I can. I want to continue to publish more stories, but the ultimate goal is to simply write…and escape into my imagination.

    6. What else were you interested in…was there a fork in the road?
    I’ve always been interested in the arts. Always wanted to be an artist but I wasn’t sure what genre fit. I took a stab at a few but never really believed in myself. For example, I thought I wanted to be an actor for a while. But I always came back to a safe, practical existence and was fortunate to end up working in education. I finally know I’ve found the right genre—writing. My fork was my graduate work at Columbia University, where I earned a doctorate in education. Writing the dissertation was challenging but it was the first time I realized I enjoyed writing.

    7. Most important thing to promote?
    I have a story to tell. Not only Sean Roberts’ ups and downs on his roller coaster ride but the overall theme of the book—the true meaning and purpose of life. I think the preface in the beginning of the novel summarizes the theme. It’s also on the author page on my website,
    Also, how appreciative I am about an audience interested in what I have to say. When I did an author meet and greet at a small rural library in Eldred, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago, I was touched by how sincere everyone was and the warm welcome they gave me. I’d go back there any day and would love to travel to libraries (big fan of libraries) and/or small bookshops to meet people and talk literature. I’m traveling to Olean, NY on March 24 to present a writing workshop at the Olean Public Library and Historical Society, using excerpts from Sean Roberts as writing prompts for the participants. I’d love to correspond with readers everywhere, either on Twitter @FLRuby2, Facebook (F.L. Ruby), or my website ( I’d love to be a part of a Sean Roberts book club and either correspond online or travel to the groups to discuss. I was invited to meet and discuss my novel with several book clubs, including Barry’s Old School Irish book club, the Irish Pub I describe in Sean Roberts.
    I’m also open to regular email:

    8. Talk about your challenges both personal & professional? How are you overcoming?
    I wrote about some of my challenges in my novel. It was cathartic. Divorce, of course, is a challenge for everyone, both emotionally and financially. I’ve struggled with relationships at times and frequently it has been connected to the problems stemming from a divorce (mine or theirs). But I’ve chosen to make lemonade from the lemons I’ve been juggling. I think Sean Roberts, the novel, is my lemonade. I do have a lot of guilt that I carry around. Some I blame on my Catholic upbringing. That’s been a challenge for me too.

    9. What is most fulfilling part of job?
    To write full-time is fulfilling–the whole process of writing. First drafts, ideas, editing, etc.


  2. I can’t thank KC and his “amazing” team enough for the incredible interviews I had over a span of a few months. I did a quick interview with Kellie, my first, and was quite nervous until she put me at ease with her professional approach to each question. She has the voice and tone that brings out the best in the people she interviews.
    Although I did not interview with Jeff directly, I need to thank him for his kind words each night about my novel, Sean Roberts. Without any prompting, he quoted excerpts from the book I would have suggested as my own favorites. Thanks, “KIKI.”
    KC has been an inspiration for me, not only by sharing his own life story to his worldwide listeners but his commitment to bring a positive message to a world audience in desperate need to hear the WMAP platform. I believe WMAP has been the perfect stage for me to share my thoughts and beliefs. KC has been great to me as a guest on his show and has gone above and beyond anything I ever thought possible with a radio interview. He invited me to participate in the March Madness “tournament.” I never expected to move on to the next round, yet somehow ended up advancing all the way to the final round with Ben Hylden. We each had over 10,000 votes in the final round. Ben won by 113 votes! Since then, my novel has progressed in popularity to a level I never believed was possible. I have people from all over the world commenting on it, as far away as New Zealand.
    Thanks, WMAP, and thanks, KC Armstrong! And thank you, Virginia Bartol, for taking a chance on me and reading Sean Roberts. Your feedback and kind words have been greatly appreciated! I look forward to reading KC’s new book, Simply Amazing, and continuing to listen to the show.

    F.L. Ruby


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