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John van de Ruit

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To Chris and Sarah: Thanks

Firstly a message to Sarah. Yes I am enjoying the sales and having a healthy bank account for once. What I have realised during my years in theatre and now as an author, is that money does not mean the same thing to us as it does to a businessman or a lawyer. For me money is directly related to time. The more money you have, the more creative time you have, and hence the better your work will ultimately become. I now write full-time – although that doesn’t mean I write every day, but the freedom to create is the key. Also so much of writing is just actually thinking. You can’t write the magic unless there’s magic in your head. And you don’t find the magic in your head unless you have time to crank it up and let it stew.

Chris thanks for your warm message and I’m glad you enjoyed the books. There will be two more Spud books and then that will be that. I always find it hard to predict when exactly I’m going to begin writing because so much relies on my state of mind, energy levels and getting a feel for what I’m attempting to create. I’m also aware that Spud and The Madness Continues have created so much hype that I’m wary of the whole thing becoming a bit over the top. I want to feel that Spud is just the beginning of my journey and not the destination itself. So the plan is to disappear off the radar screens after July and perhaps start work on the third book early next year. That would mean a probable Christmas 2009 launch. But as I say, much could change in my life and much probably will.

Keep writing in, Spud fans.

Johnny

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    June 11th, 2007 @21:09 #
     
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    Hey John - this note just arrived for you from one Amanda:
    "Firstly, thank you for two of the funniest books I have had the pleasure of reading. It is true what many have said - whether you are 6 or 60 - you can relate to Spud. I am 34 and thoroughly enjoyed the reads - and completely related.

    "I am the circulation manager at a financial weekly called Finweek. We have a best-seller club for subscribers (you subscribe to our mag for a year and you get a free best-selling book). We put Spud on our Christmas list for 2006 - WOW!!! My subscription numbers increased far higher than we anticiapated - thought I would let you know that Spud was one of the main reasons for making me look GREAT in December.

    "Take care. Cant wait for the third volume."

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  • <a href="http://gerthugo.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Gerrie</a>
    Gerrie
    June 12th, 2007 @09:33 #
     
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    Hi John,
    Ordered a copy of Spud from amazon because for some strange reason the bookstores in Stockholm don't carry it. lol. I'm looking forward to the read and will spread the news by word of mouth.
    Herewith my congratulations.
    Gerrie

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  • <a href="http://sarahbritten.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah</a>
    Sarah
    June 12th, 2007 @10:28 #
     
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    Hi John,
    I certainly appreciate what you say about money buying you the time to be creative. I would expand on this, but I have to dash back to a meeting (the pressures of having a day job!)

    Sarah

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  • <a href="http://johnvanderuit.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">John</a>
    John
    June 12th, 2007 @12:34 #
     
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    Amanda i'm glad Spud made you look great - but the credit stays with you because that was a very cunning marketing plan you instituted last year.

    Gerrie the book that you have ordered will most probably be the US version which means its thinner and has very little cricket, rugby or ghosts in it. The US Spud hits the shelves in November. But more importantly what the hell are you doing in Stockholm? Unfortunately the reality is that most countries have very little interest in SA books except from the good old Canon (Gordimer, JM Superstar and the like.)Ironically these writers have far more fans overseas than in their own country which must be a strange feeling in many ways. In fact Penguin UK initially shelved Spud and said they found it dark and not very funny.Then when the states decided to publish then everybody decided it was suddenly worthyagain. Ironic ne..

    Sarah sorry about your job it sounds like hard work!

    At present i am writing my speech for the literary awards. What do you tell a room full of Politicians, writers and other such delinquents. Over to you...

    John

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  • <a href="http://gerthugo.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Gerrie</a>
    Gerrie
    June 12th, 2007 @15:11 #
     
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    John,
    My boy will be visiting South Africa in less than a week. He will spend a month to catch up on his surfing. I'll get him to pick up your books as well as Sarah's.
    As for the UK...what can one say? A quick look at their olympic logo makes me wonder if I want my book in circulation over there.lol. I have to confess that I've had some great reviews from readers over there and it would seem that the media have taken notice as well. Time will tell.
    To get to the point. During summer I never question the reason why I'm in Sweden. Summer fashions draws me to the parks and beaches. Better one can not ask for.
    However, in winter I go into deep thought as to the bloody why. Minus 25 celsius is no joke. I'm also of the opinion that snow is something one should look at through a window, in front of a roaring fire with a good glass of anti-freeze in your hand. I came to this conclusion after my first try-out on a snowboard. Went down the advanced slope and balanced quite well but forgot that I had no idea how to stop. Went right over a kid without falling over and had to throw myself to the ground at the bottom as not to commit murder by plowing into the unsuspecting line waiting for the ski-lift. It hurt like hell and I immediately went for a beer.
    I came here for the first time in 2003 on the invitation of a journalist. (My first outing out of Africa) Met my wife and decided to settle in civilisation. Never looked back. Slowly catching up on all the places I could only dream of visiting as a child.
    Gerrie

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  • <a href="http://sarahbritten.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah</a>
    Sarah
    June 12th, 2007 @16:59 #
     
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    John must be one of the very few South African authors who can afford not to have a day job. I am just grateful that my MD looks benevolently upon my writing endeavours. Any other employer might not have looked so kindly upon a book that includes quite so many four letter words.

    Right, back to the Powerpoint on international retailing trends.
    Sarah

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  • <a href="http://gerthugo.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Gerrie</a>
    Gerrie
    June 12th, 2007 @17:59 #
     
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    According to my enemies I'm living on the Swedish dole. I've searched long and hard but could not find such a system in place in Sweden. Still if it gives a little colour to the simplistic lifestyle of these troglodytes then I'm glad to be of service.
    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm personal assistant to my wife who suffers from MS. I thus work flexi hours and when the creative urge takes me she does not complain.

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  • mtfranks101
    mtfranks101
    July 11th, 2007 @17:09 #
     
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    Hi John!

    I am so upset about the estimated date for the release of the next story of Spud. I don't know if I can wait that long! It feels like forever! Oh well, I'll be looking out for the movie, and congratulations once again on all the success Spud has achieved. Thanks, also for replying to my email! It was so great to see your response!

    From,
    Melissa

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  • matteob
    matteob
    February 5th, 2009 @18:13 #
     
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    I came across SPUD while holidaying in SA in 2005 and thought the book was great.Having gone to a similar school in the U.K (albeit as a day boy) and worked as a camp leader, I could relate to a lot of the madness. I haven't seen the books on the shelves here in England but thanks to the internet the second volume was easy to get hold of. The film sounds great. I've read that it is going to have a Brit director but is it going out on the big screen or is it for SA domestic TV? I would be interested to know. Anyway looking forward to the next installment and hopefully going to SA for the football next year!

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  • <a href="http://www.sacrews.tv" rel="nofollow">peterbpalmer001</a>
    peterbpalmer001
    August 7th, 2009 @09:56 #
     
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    Hi John,

    I have been (almost) a lifelong fan of Spud. I also went to a boarding school, was also a spud, and identify with much of the Spud character so articulately outlined by JvdR. I thought (since the first book) what a great movie it could make. I am thrilled to hear that it might yet make it to the big screen. I have been a Director of Photography for many years and would love nothing more than to be the DoP to film the movie. Should you (Mr van der Ruit) or anyone from the Production company involved in the making of this film happen to read this, kindly contact me on ppalmer@absamail.co.za or 084 626 5403

    Like most fans of the books, I too long for the release of what sadly might be the last in a hilarious and VERY FUNNY literary series. Well done John and best wishes for your literary future.

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