March 15, 2016
Shawnee State University’s alumna, Courtney Ruggles, recently published her first book
Shawnee State University’s alumna, Courtney Ruggles, recently published her first book The Sixth Domicile with Elephantine Publishing Co.
Though Ruggles has always had a passion for reading and writing since she was young, she has transformed what started as a short story in a creative writing class during her senior year in high school into the published novel, The Sixth Domicile.
“After writing the short version of the Domicile, I just fell in love with it and couldn’t shake it off. I knew that I needed to finish the story no matter how long it would take me,” said Ruggles. “It took me years to complete it. I worked on it during the remainder of my undergraduate career at SSU and kept on writing through my Master’s degree.”
Nine years after the birth of the short story, Ruggles finally completed the novel during a three-week break from her doctorate program. Ruggles chose to go with a smaller publishing company and decided on Elephantine Publishing Co. One week later, they requested the full manuscript, signed a contract with Ruggles and went straight into editing. The Sixth Domicile was released Jan. 20, 2016.
Talks about Book 2 of The Sixth Domicile are already underway between Ruggles and Elephantine Publishing Co.
“Becoming a published author is surreal, and ironically, there are no words to describe the accomplishment of this dream,” Ruggles said. “But I never gave up and kept believing that if I ensured that my goals are within my realities by simply allowing that the barriers won’t restrict them, I can accomplish anything.”
Ruggles graduated from SSU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Criminology and Social Work. She is currently an adjunct faculty of Social Sciences at SSU.