Featured Interview With Tammy Ruggles
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I just finished my last book (Starsky and Hutch Next Gen), since I’m a newly retired writer, artist, and photographer. Spending my time now promoting the writing I’ve done and giving interviews when asked. I wrote fiction and non-fiction: Books, short stories, and articles, a lot of Kindle books in the YA and children’s and self-help genres.
I grew up both in the city and country, and like both.
I don’t have pets, but would like to.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started writing at about 12 or 13. I wrote short stories, passed them around in class, and my classmates told me to write more. I started writing angsty stories then, and continued to do so ever since.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Authors with a sparse, descriptive style, like Peter Benchley (Jaws), Harold Robbins (Goodbye, Janette), and Cormac McCarthy (The Road).
I like reading suspense or drama, but read more non-fiction to be honest.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It’s a big what-if concept based on the TV show Starsky and Hutch.: What if the characters had sons that were detectives and worked cases too? What if they were brothers who shared the same mother but different dads? What would their cases and lives be like? What kind of life-and-death situations would they face?
The new detectives are Davis Starsky and Kent Hutchinson, and I approached the book as if it were a TV series with 8 episodes. They deal with some pretty intense subject matter, from school shootings, to dangerous cults, to drug addiction, to snuff films.
Davis and Kent are detectives, and their last names are Starsky and Hutch, but they aren’t copies of their fathers. They have their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and dreams.
Davis and Kent aren’t the only characters. They have a reluctant psychic/snitch friend named Mo who runs a gym and helps them out on cases. Then there is Huggy Bear Brown’s daughter, Tasha, who grew up with the brothers and is now an RN. Then there is Lucky, their hooker/snitch friend trying to get off the streets.
Since this is a transformative work under the fair use concept, and has been created without the approval of the rights holders, the original characters of Starsky and Hutch aren’t mentioned in this book and don’t appear anywhere in the stories.
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