Ruby Gaffney is 24 and from London. She studied English at Oxford and then Edinburgh. She currently works in education and writes in her free time.
Ruby started writing fiction in early 2022. Since then, she has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: My instinctive answer is Virginia Woolf, although I’m not quite sure what I’d say to her. I’d probably give her some twenty-first century novels by women to read, then show her an iPhone. I’d like to go on a walk with her around London.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: I’ve probably read I Capture the Castle about four times. I’ve also come back to passages of Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners over and over again since I first read it.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: I can’t think of anything uninteresting about writing. Sometimes I wish that I found it slightly more boring so that it would occupy less of my brain space.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I wish I had a more original answer to this question, but it would probably be flying. Unlike invisibility, healing, or telepathy, flying would be fun, not too emotionally difficult, and hard to exploit for evil purposes.
I can’t remember the first time I met Luke. That’s the problem with meeting someone in real life: in retrospect, it’s usually hard to pinpoint your first interaction with them, because there were too many other things going on at the same time. I can vividly recall, however, the exact feeling I had when I …