Featured Author – Ruth Mancini #SALE Swimming Upstream

Ruth ManciniHi Ruth, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. 

Being a Londoner have you ever longed to live in a more rural surrounding?

Actually, I live in the countryside now!  It’s a very easy commute to London, though and I do miss The Big Smoke, so we visit quite often. We live on the outskirts of Oxford and are surrounded by fields. We often get visits from fieldmice and we used to live opposite a field full of around thirty cows who would all walk over to the fence and stare at us every time we came in or out of our house.  You’d have thought they’d have decided after a couple of weeks “Oh, it’s just them again.” But, no.

When you studied at Cambridge did you partake in any kind of sport?

You know, I didn’t study at the University. I think I should make that clear! I’m quite common really. I was at CCAT, as it was then known – the College of Arts and Technology.  But, to answer your question, I have always loved swimming and I did lots of that.

Was working in the publishing industry a logical step to you when you finished your Law degree?

My first degree was in French and Spanish and I then did a post-graduate diploma in law several years later after deciding to retrain as a lawyer. I don’t think that my languages degree particularly equipped me for a career in publishing although I worked in the international sales team so I imagine it helped a little. I certainly caught the travel bug when I was studying languages and had the obligatory year abroad. I then became a sales manager in the team that published for developing countries – my job was to travel round the Caribbean two or three times per year. It was a hard life…

Hahahha, I believe you. 🙂  

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

Wine. Hmmm. I do like a glass of wine. Or two.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

I’m not much of a cook, Lucy.  I don’t think there is anything that I’d be able to teach you or your readers. Unless they’d like to know how to make a cheese and piccalilli sandwich. Now those, I love. I’m a real fan of pickles actually.  Pickled onions. And gherkins. Yum. Everyone always asks, “Are you pregnant” when they see me tucking in, but that was actually the only time in my life when I couldn’t face them.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?

It’s a women’s fiction novel called Swimming Upstream.Front Cover


It’s been described as “Thinking Women’s ChickLit”. It’s the story of a woman who finds herself unhappy with her long-term relationship and with her life, despite having achieved all the things that she thought would make her happy. Then a series of unexpected events begin to change her life for ever. It’s very much inspired by events in my own life!  But I also wanted to write a story with lots of drama. I love psychological thrillers so wanted to create a story that had some of that aspect to it too.

Below you can read the backside blurb of the book

“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”
After seven years, Lizzie wonders whether she’s truly happy with her long-term boyfriend. When one wrong step and a chance meeting set off an unexpected chain of events, her life begins to unravel. On the same day that she meets Martin, an attractive lifeguard, her old friend, Catherine, re-appears. But is Martin really all he seems? And what is the secret that Catherine is hiding? As Lizzie struggles to confront the ghosts of her past, can she survive the shocking twist that will change the course of her future?
Swimming Upstream is a life-affirming and often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. It is also a story of female friendship, love, and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that we find ourselves making when the chips are down.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

No, not really. I think the title created the story really. I’d read a Marilyn French novel in which she described women as being like salmon, always having to swim upstream. And then I was in the swimming pool one day and I saw the parallels between swimming (or indeed any sport) and life, and how ultimately satisfying it is to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to achieve a greater degree of satisfaction in the long term.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?

I’m on Twitter and Facebook and I have a blog where I talk about subjects that interest me. I can’t say that I do anything much more than socialise online, which is great because I love talking to people and making new friends.

Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want to blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something noone has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

I don’t have any naughty secrets, I’m afraid. People think I do, because I’ve been confused a number of times with the porn star of the same name. The first time I Googled my name, looking for images of my book cover, I got a real shock. Fortunately I’ve way outranked her now. But I still get contacted from time to time on Twitter by men congratulating me on my latest performance. I’m like, seriously? Come on. Take a look at my avatar first. Do I look like a porn star? Hang on. Do I? I’ve just realised you’re all going to go and Google her now and then she’ll be back up in the rankings next to me. Doh!

Porn and swimming, eh? 🙂 Or rather none of the first and quite a lot of the second, way to go! Thanks for being here and sharing this with us.
Whenever you have more news, or another guest post you’d like to share with us, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
Readers, did you Google the other Ruth or did you just hop over to Amazon and bought Swimming Upstream which is on sale until February 3rd?

8 thoughts on “Featured Author – Ruth Mancini #SALE Swimming Upstream

    • Thanks Babs, I always think that’s the best part of author interviews, to get away from the run of the mill questions and try to unearth a bit of the real person behind the author. There’s loads to be learned froma simple choice of favourite meal or whatever other trivial choice to make.

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