Conflicts With Interest – author interview – Micael Ruddey

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T.R. Morgan, a seasoned building professional, finds himself entangled in the combined corruption of the high profile law firm that is attacking him and the insurance companies that are supposed to defend him. Still enduring the painful memories brought on by the tragic death of his wife, he soon finds out, nothing involving lawyers and insurance companies happens quickly. Instead of resolution, T.R., unwittingly enters a world of human trafficking, drugs, and illicit sex taking place behind the scenes. And his story comes forward to an explosive climax that no one could possibly foresee, least of all T.R. himself. This suspenseful tale of contemporary fiction is packed with enlightenment and high-stakes characters; provoking thought on a new subject in a new light.

Hi Michael,

Welcome to Paperback Writer,

Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

A: Real life experiences in the construction field influenced the story line. I am also a builder.

Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

A: I think long before starting a rough outline that is extremely flexible and will, no-doubt, change.

Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

A: Yes, but it will change too, thanks to a character’s development that I can’t predict.

Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

A: No, I just try and get their characteristic traits through to the reader many different ways. Some more developed than others. It’s also important that the reader’s imagination gets involved.

Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

A: In my first book, Conflicts with Interest, I shared a lifestyle with T.R. Morgan. But, our personalities are very different.

Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?

A: Definitely, the ending. I promise that you won’t see it coming.

Q: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

A: I didn’t start looking for an agent/publisher until the book was finished.

Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

A: The agent process is life-defying. It was easier to start a publishing company and hire the appropriate professionals.

Q: What has been the best part about being published?

A: Enjoying the comments from friends and strangers alike; knowing your story has provided entertainment.

Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

A: Knowledge. An entertaining lesson: a complete understanding of a broken legal system and how it affects their lives from the many conflicting viewpoints. Not only how a consumer understands the problem, but a legal and insurance perspective as well. We cannot expect to repair the system without a clear understanding of the real-life problem. The book will provide the necessary awareness. And, yes, believe it, it really does work as the story describes.

Q: Do you have plans to write another book?

A: Yes, I am underway with a story about a tough western family that takes place in the mountains of Wyoming in 1967.

Q: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

A: Truthfully, I am pleasantly surprised.

Q: Where can readers find a copy of your book?


Q: Do you have a website for readers to go to?


Thank you, Michael, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have a successful virtual book tour.

Michael Ruddy is a graduate of the University of Denver with a degree in engineering administration. He has spent the last forty years associated with both the commercial and residential disciplines of the construction industry, which inspired many of the events in his novel, Conflicts with Interest. Currently, he resides in Boulder, CO with his wife, five children, dog and cutting horses. While the author has been published in short-story format, Conflicts with Interest is his debut novel.

You can find Michael online at

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