Says E. J.: “Writing is about translating life into words without sacrificing the grimace and the giggle.”
E. J. Ruek’s fiction is populated with people — people like the neighbor next door or maybe someone down the block. E. J. writes about things that can happen, could happen, will happen, and might happen, depending on choices made and the whims of circumstance.
E. J. Ruek is a contemporary mainstream writer who also dabbles in speculation. But there’s humor, too, and it sneaks into the words, even seeping through the cracks between the words. Slipped in between the lines are certain sleights…of tongue that will keep you wondering if the meaning is really edging toward innuendo or even triple entendre.
Regardless, E. J. gives us mind-twisting and evocative glimpses into the human…and maybe not-so-human psyches. Says E. J., “Writing is about translating life into words without sacrificing the grimace and the giggle.”
E. J. Ruek, pronounced “rook” (like the bird or the chess piece), writes two kinds of contemporary mainstream novels, those with just a nod of nerve-tingling what-if possibility and those with strong elements of the paranormal.
Technically, I suppose you could say that the works could be lumped generally into the magical realism genre, but that’s such a fuzzily defined genre that nobody can really give it a solid, concise definition. So we’ll stick with contemporary mainstream with, to a greater or lesser degree, paranormal elements.
“In life, things are not always as they seem — not on the surface and not underneath. I like that. I like to write about that. Your auntie might not be that nice lady you always thought she was. In fact, she might be nicer. If fact, she might have hidden knowledge that you never dreamed someone like her could harbor, much less use. She has secrets, and those secrets drive the neighbors crazy, because they just “know” that something isn’t quite as “normal” as it should be. …And it isn’t.
“You just never know. You can never assume. Because, when you do, things happen.”