Ruth McIver

Ruth McIver is an Irish born raised in Western Australia and New York who worked as a corporate writer, music journalist and arts reviewer before becoming a crime fiction author interested in true crime inspired fiction and memoir. In 2014, her self-published novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club, was commended by the Fellowship of Australian Authors in the Anne Elder Category. She also won a place to pitch her first unpublished procedural novel, Nothing Gold, at the Bloody Scotland Festival. August 2018, Nothing Gold was a runner up for the inaugural Banjo Prize with Harper Collins. Her second novel, I Shot the Devil, written as part of her creative production with Curtin University, was awarded the 2018 Affirm Press Mentorship Prize and won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. In 2019, she was an awarded a highly commended PhD for her novel and exegesis (true crime inspired fiction and crime memoir). She published I Shot the Devil in 2021 with Hachette and Tinder UK and after securing representation with Shane Salerno at the Story Factory in LA, has brokered a two-book deal with this title and its sequel. She has since worked with Audible as an original fiction writer, freelanced as a manuscript assessor, completed two more feature length novels and taught genre fiction/long fiction at Curtin University. Ruth is passionate about nurturing emerging writers, encouraging ideas and creative expression – providing the necessary critical, structural and moral support and resources needed to complete a successful and publishable manuscript.

Specialises in:

  • General fiction
  • Young adult
  • Memoir
  • Essays
  • Short story
  • Travel writing
  • Screenwriting
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