My name is Ruu McKinney. I write fantasy-fiction novels, sci-fi short-stories, and various other forms of creative writing. While my main work revolves around the Gemsong Saga series, I also have several other upcoming projects, including the paranormal thriller Ten Nights. If you’re looking for something lighter, my creative writing series Candle & Quill offers a variety of short, unique pieces.

I am obsessed with coffee, an avid sport-bike rider, and a life-long lover of video games. I live in the Arkansas region of the USA, and can frequently be found on one of its many back roads whenever our fickle weather allows. If I’m not on a motorcycle, I can usually be found on Final Fantasy XIV’s Typhon server, hosting my own private Final Fantasy XI server, or working on my Steam backlog. Whatever I am doing at the time however, there will likely be caffeine involved.

Learn more about other Ruu McKinney Projects

If you would like to learn more about the Gemsong Saga Series, please visit my official website here. Check it out while you read to learn more about the world.

More information about my monthly writing digest, the Candle and Quill, can be found here, while issues can be purchased via one of the links below.

A list of my published works can be found both at, and

Where to Buy my Work

If you are interested in purchasing some of my work, please visit my author page at for digital copies.

For print versions, please search on As a former Createspace user, its absence is sorely missed.

My work can also be found at a variety of other online retailers including:

Thank you for your interest in my work. As an author, my work means nothing without someone to read it, so I am very glad you’re here!