Emily talks to Ruthie Hanson about her experience running a successful Kickstarter for her upcoming TV project, Ladies of Fortune, as well as writing books, screenplays, and fanfiction.
One of the things I try to encourage as much as possible is for the production of genuine, sincere art…Any chance to get more joy into the world, no matter what that is, if I can help create that, I feel like I have done my job.
Born in Burbank, California, Ruthie has been around the Entertainment Industry since she was a kid, watching her father storyboard for Disney films. She had her first book published at 19, with her most recent novel, “Blood in the Golden Palace” premiering late 2021. Most of her books focus on queer romances, though her upcoming novel steps back into her first real love, high fantasy. Ruthie is a 2019 Cum Laude graduate of CSUN’s screenwriting program, and negotiated her first film option two years later through Golden Horseshoe Entertainment and director Paul Baker. The script, “Hair of the Dog Diner,” is a low budget, survive the night werewolf script with a focus on visual effects. As for the future of her writing, Ruthie is spearheading a Kickstarter campaign for “Ladies of Fortune,” a show centered around the lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Though it’s been a passion project of hers for years, Ladies of Fortune is only now gaining traction due to the popularity of the HBO sleeper hit, “Our Flag Means Death,” and even involves one of the show’s actors.
Links of Interest:
- Episode 69 Transcript
- Ruthie’s website, where you can find her books and learn about her other artistic works
- Find her on Twitter and Instagram
- Read her fanfic on AO3 under screen name TheBobblehat