About Me

Janna Ruth

Studying plate boundaries of our world by day, creating her own worlds at night, that’s what Janna Ruth’s life has been like before deciding to become a full-time writer. As a German native living in Wellington, New Zealand, she’s got books out in English and German and plans aplenty. Janna has published since 2017, kicking off her career by winning the Ueberreuter writing competition, resulting in her Japan-inspired debut novel “Tanz der Feuerblüten”, and following it up with a self-published modern fairy-tale retelling that went on to win the 2018 SERAPH Phantastik Award for the “Best Independent Title”. Her main genres are anything specular fiction with a strong focus on fantasy and coming-of-age.

When she isn’t writing or editing or publishing – so almost never – she’s got a variety of hobbies to fill up even the illusion of spare time, such as aerial acrobatics, cake decorating, drawing, reading, and any type of crafting.



SHORTLIST – Skoutz 2020 for “Best Fantasy Book” for Ashuan 1.6 – Habgier.

SHORTLIST – Deutscher Phantastikpreis 2019 “Best Short Story” for Unter der Erde.

WINNER – SERAPH 2018 “Best Independent Titel” for Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe.

LONGLIST – Deutscher Phantastikpreis 2018 “Best Novel” for Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe.

LONGLIST – Deutscher Phantastikpreis 2018 “Best Debut” for Tanz der Feuerblüten.

SHORTLIST – Deutscher Phantastikpreis 2018 “Best Anthology” for Es war einmal … ganz anders.

WINNER – “uebersinnlich” Writing Competition 2017 by Ueberreuter Verlag – Publication of Tanz der Feuerblüten in March 2017.



NZSA (Wellington Branch Kommitee)

Die Märchenspinnerei

Tintenzirkel – Der Fantasyautorenkreis

PAN – Phantastik-Autoren-Netzwerk