by Ruth Clampett
Publisher: Clampett Studio (self-pub)
Release date: May 1, 2013
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Animate Me is a fun and sexy contemporary romance.
Love struck animator, Nathan, has set his sights on Brooke, the Director of Development at their animation studio.
He has worshipped her from afar for years and even created a comic book heroine named B-Girl in her likeness. When their paths cross he seizes the opportunity to make a good impression. As they grow closer a serious hindrance looms…her dwindling romance with Arnauld, head of the animation studio.
When Arnauld realizes that Nathan is threatening his relationship with Brooke, he goes after him and it sparks an outrageous uprising at the studio. Havoc ensues from antics only a building full of creative cartoon people can create. In the midst of the drama Brooke has to decide whether to follow her heart or risk her impressive career, while Nathan pulls out all the stops to “woo” his girl.
The conclusion has you cheering for our unlikely hero to capture his B-Girl’s heart…while he wins our hearts as well.
What Inspired Me to Write Animate Me
By Ruth Clampett
I got the idea to write Animate Me after finishing reading a series of stories that featured very strong willed, dominant men-the dark sexy ones that make our toes curl. I love those men, truly I do…but I started to crave reading about a really good guy, the kind of guy that doesn’t hesitate to show you how much he appreciates and admires you - the guy who puts extra effort into everything he does for you just to make you happy.
Well, I always like to take my story inspiration from real life and so as I thought of the different types of men I’ve admired, the animators and comic artist’s I’ve known came to mind. As a whole they are super smart and creative, edgy yet sensitive, and although they are boys at heart, they truly admire a good woman. Most that I have known are modest and don’t sense their appeal to the opposite sex and from that idea Nathan was born. Nathan is smart, funny, super-talented and kind, and although he’s good looking, he would never see himself that way. To me there is something inherently appealing in his modesty, yet he bravely sets his insecurities aside in his sheer determination to win Brooke’s heart.
Once the characters in Animate Me came to life in my head they never stopped talking to me: morning, noon and night. It was distracting, yet exciting, and in creating the world at their studio, Sketch Republic, and the shows they worked on I had an endless supply of rich stories from my lifetime in the animation world to draw from. The result is a love story, not just of Nathan and Brooke, but a love story to one of the most original and imaginative art forms out there. The world of animation is a special place and it’s been a joy for me to share that world with you.
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.