Wednesday, September 26, 2012

From traditional publishing to indie: author profile on Ruth Nestvold

In today's author profile, we're pleased to introduce you to Ruth Nestvold, author of numerous Sci-Fi and Fantasy books, published internationally and available on Kindle!

Ruth Nestvold has been writing fiction since she learned how to write, but she didn't actively pursue it as a career option until attending the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six week "boot camp" for writers of science fiction and fantasy.

After six weeks writing and critiquing fiction, holed up with over a dozen other writers, she knew she had to change her priorities. She abandoned the idea of getting a permanent job as a literature professor and started working as a technical translator to feed her writing addiction.

Two years later, she sold her first short story to the acclaimed science fiction magazine, Asimov’s. Since then, she has sold over forty pieces of short fiction to a variety of markets, including Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and several year’s best anthologies.

She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella  “Looking Through Lace” won the “Premio Italia” for best international work. Her novel Yseult appeared in German translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian.

When the rights to the original English reverted back to her in 2011, she decided to publish the novel herself as an ebook. Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur appeared in January 2012, and sales were far beyond her expectations.

Since then, she has brought out three collections of previously published short stories, as well as a second novel in the series "The Pendragon Chronicles," Shadow of Stone. For the last several months, Yseult and Shadow of Stone have consistently remained on the top ten list in Arthurian fantasy. A second novella in the world of Looking Through Lace, Beyond the Waters of the World, is scheduled to appear August 31. She also has plans for more short story collections and a number of singles.

She maintains a web site at and blogs at

Check out some of Ruth's work in the following Kindle books: 

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