Ruth Downie

About me

I’m the author of five mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso. In his latest adventure, SEMPER FIDELIS (published early 2013), he and his British partner Tilla fall foul of the local centurion while trying to avoid all the hullabaloo of Hadrian’s visit to Britannia.

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Blog tour: My writing process

Thanks to Judi Moore, multi-talented author of “Is death really necessary?” for inviting me to join the blog tour that hunts out the answers to four questions. Mercifully, “Is death really necessary?” isn’t one of them. Judi’s answers can be found here.  Mine are below. I’m charged with handing on…

Emergency surgery with a biro

I’ve just finished checking through the proofs of the next Ruso novel, TABULA RASA, which will be out in the summer. (It’s set during the building of Hadrian’s Wall, in case anyone’s wondering.) Either Bloomsbury’s typesetters are impressively accurate or I’m a rubbish proofreader, because there seemed to be hardly…

Can I try that question again, please?

One of the perils of combining a haphazard approach to research with a terrible memory is that I often recall useful things that I read a long time ago, but it’s impossible to quote them because I no longer know where they were. Worse, I sometimes wonder whether they really…

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