Hello, my name is Denise Ruttan. I’m a writer, editor, photographer and blogger based in Corvallis, Oregon. After eight years as a journalist and PR specialist, I moved on to working as a courtroom clerk and now legal assistant. But that’s just my day job. In my own time, I am an author.
I mostly specialize in speculative fiction, but I don’t pay homage to any particular genre; I go where the ideas take me. I also write contemporary and historical fiction. Above all else, I have a predilection for weird, bizarre, misshapen, genre-bending stories. I strive to bring a literary quality to genre fiction.
For a long time I wanted to write literary fiction, the Great American Novel as it were, but I have since realized I only wanted to do that for a false sense of external validation. I love to read science fiction and fantasy, so I want to write it. I am mainly focusing on short stories this year. My goal is to write at least one short story per week and submit them all, with the aspiration of getting published in literary magazines.
I am also a photographer, an interest which I have pursued for the last five years. I shoot with a Nikon D5100 and at times also my iPhone. Currently, I am interested in documentary, still life and nature photography. I sell prints of my flower photos on my Redbubble website.
In my spare time – yes, I do have some – I enjoy knitting, sewing, playing with my pet lovebird, playing the flute, doing yoga, running, hiking and reading. I am also a huge sci fi fan; I love Doctor Who, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape and other shows.