Hi. I’m Ruth Madison.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my web site. I am the writer of romantic stories about imperfect heroes and complex heroines.

Here you can learn more about my debut novel, (W)hole, my short stories, and current works in progress. This site also houses my blog where I critique disability themes in modern media, interview other authors who have disabled characters, and share snip-its of my works in progress. I hope you enjoy my web site, and I look forward to interacting with you!

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Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Blog | 30 comments

Disability issues are something that I am passionate about.   Here you’ll find my many opinions about disability rights and also reviews and suggestions of romances and other books you might enjoy that feature main characters who have physical disabilities. Check out the Current Fiction page to see my own contributions to the genre! Come on in and enjoy

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Disability in Orange is the New Black

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Review | 0 comments

I watched all of the Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black in one weekend and it was awesome. Lots of interesting characters and many stories. Sharp humor and really believable. For anyone who hasn’t heard about this show, it’s the story of a yuppie white woman in her thirties who suddenly goes to prison for a drug crime she committed ten years before during her rebellious and wild youth. It’s based (loosely) on an autobiography. The show takes the opportunity to explore the lives of women in prison and definitely...

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Devoteeism From The Other Side: A Disabled Woman’s Perspective

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Disability Rights | 15 comments

I’m delighted to share with you today a post from an online friend. She is a woman with a disability and this is how she thinks about devs and devoteeism… The disabled and the devotees are basically STUCK. a) the feminists say: you shall not ‘succumb’ to a devotee because of his hero(ine)/saviour notion of you b) the devotees say: you have issues w/ your disability when you reject them That’s bullshit. So why not turn this into a boy-meets-girl-story rather than a sob story?! That’s what I’d...

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The Nasty Business of Reviews

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog | 6 comments

These days absolutely anything is available to review. We all have our opinions and we want them to be heard, no matter what the product. There’s not only user reviews of books, but also reviews of my apartment building and its management, my husband’s kung fu school, and just about anything you can think of. Apps, movies, restaurants, products, services, etc. User feedback is great, but there are some problems with it too. In this landscape of everyone has an opinion, it seems difficult for people to realize that not everyone is...

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Iron Man 3: Haven’t We Moved Past These Cliches Yet?

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Movies, Review | 5 comments

Iron Man 3: Haven’t We Moved Past These Cliches Yet?

Overall, I did really enjoy the Iron Man 3 movie. I haven’t seen the other two and my first introduction to Iron Man was in The Avengers. I found that his character was really fun and different for a superhero. Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but the bad guy’s disability in this current movie bothered me. In the beginning you’ve got Guy Pearce’s character, Aldrich Killian, who has greasy hair, awful glasses, acne, and a bad limp, walking with a cane. As such, he has no respect from anyone. Tony Stark won’t...

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John’s Story

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

I know lots of you come here to read John’s ongoing story about devotee Danny and his paraplegic girlfriend, Michelle. It’s been a while since there was an update, but I spoke to John recently and he told me he’s thinking about Danny and Michelle all the time. He has a lot planned for them! Life is busy for him right now, but hopefully we’ll get a new part for you soon.  

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Movies | 5 comments

I noticed a movie on Netflix the other day called Armless. Can you guess what it’s about? Yup, it’s a “wannabe” guy who longs to get rid of his arms. I always feel nervous about watching movies that are specifically about devotees, pretenders, or wannabes. I don’t trust the people creating it to understand. So today I finally got up the courage to watch it. It’s an indie film and like many modern indie films, it is heavy on the atmosphere and very light on the action or dialog. A subject like this, I think,...

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Where Has Ruth Been?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog, Updates on Ruth's Fiction | 0 comments

I tend to hate blogs that have apology posts about being gone for a while. Because usually I’m not a regular reader and it’s weird for me to stop by a new blog and the first thing I see is an apology about not being around. :-/ But I’ve had a lot of interesting things going on, so I wanted to talk to you guys about them. The main reason I haven’t been posting much here is that this past summer I started a publishing company. That’s right, I moved from publishing my own books to publishing other people’s...

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Author Interview: Reprobate by Martyn V Halm

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in blind hero, Review | 6 comments

Today’s interview was conducted by DevoGirl, beloved reviewer of dev literature… Reprobate is the first installment in the Amsterdam Assassin Series. Katla Sieltjes is a professional assassin for hire, specializing in hits that can’t be traced. When the novel begins, she is taking out the owner of a shop selling antique Japanese swords, with his own merchandise, when she is interrupted by a blind man, Bram Merleyn, who has come to pick up his order. Katla has a firm policy of not allowing witnesses to her hits to live, but...

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Movie Review: Young Adult

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Movies, Review | 3 comments

The movie Young Adult with Charlize Theron was not at all what I was expecting. Being about a YA author, I thought it would be zany and fun, an upbeat comedy. It came up on Netflix and I watched it last night, discovering that it was anything but upbeat. It’s actually very difficult to watch. The main character is struggling with depression and her behavior can be very difficult to empathize with. The only thing that kept me watching was discovering a character played by Patton Oswald who has a disability. The story is that Mavis leaves...

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Review: The Boy Next Door by Annabelle Costa

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Paraplegic Hero, Review | 0 comments

I love this book. I fell in love with it right from the start, as soon as Tasha began to narrate. She is witty, sassy, and hilarious. At the same time she doesn’t understand love nearly as well as she thinks she does. After some wild years, she’s finally ready to settle down, but she still can’t see that the right guy for her has been there all along. It’s frustrating in the best possible way to watch her screwing up her life. The book has some flow charts at the ends of some of the chapters that are laugh out loud...

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