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23 avril 2012
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Rusbee Legueleck dans The Midnight Times


Introducing Rusbee Legueleck: When Modesty Becomes Self-effacement

Rusbee Legueleck provides a very particular literal structure to his readers. The mannered style of this writer’s work shifts suspense forward.

By Khalid Ouafi

Rusbee Legueleck belongs to one of these authors whom have as first vocation to entertain their readers, export them to another world lulled by the magic of words.

His real name is Gérard Mauer, born on September 30th 1955 in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In 2008, he starts to devote his time to writing novels, and publishes a first work: The Landing Stage (L’ éstacade), a adventure story putting on hold the escape of a fugitive and, from there, through the characters, we feel how the author holds sway over readers’ emotions.

Rusbee doesn’t take himself seriously. Or rather not yet. For him, the passion lies at first in the art of telling imaginary stories you shaped, handling the tale and having full authority to act as you wish.

Coming under the spell of his personality, I decided to contact Rusbee. He cheerfully accepted to answer to some of my questions.

How did you hit upon the idea of beginning to write?

“Right after I got a divorce, in order to unburden my conscience and my heart, to give free rein to my instincts. I begun with my first release (L’estacade), since that time, I published five other works, including novels and anthologies. If I became aware of my writing skills and my ability to use so much my imagination, I would have earlier begun.”

Why do you use “Rusbee Legueleck” as fictitious name?

“Gérard Mauer is actually my real name. I’ve a lot of readers in the West of France, I am fascinated by the Celtic culture as well. You will notice by yourself that it is not very adapted to my aspiration.

In regards to my pen name, my dog is called Rusbie, I simply anglicized her name to Rusbee to pay her homage because I love her so much. Legueleck is the name of a cameraman whom I chose in the casting of a movie. The set makes rather Celtic.”

Which are the subjects you gladly broach?

“Plots, escapades, the Vendée, Noirmoutier Islands. Because it haunts me.”

Does today’s literature suit you?

“There’s so many authors who think they’re writers – perhaps  I’m a part of them – it gets it weak and crude.”

Is it rough to earn his life by writing?

“Terribly! Indeed impossible! There’s only a few fortunates who got chance to live on it.  At present, people owe inevitably to be appealed by publishers otherwise you must inevitably turn towards class-two or class-tree publishers and also undertake you publicity stunt and and plug you book. Editors play it safe. Paradoxically, I leaned to get through these hard times.”

I was quite amazed to see that Rusbee saves his time to acting the clown, unaffected. He definitely hasn’t let it go to his head, loving to make jokes, teasing politics, taking something the mickey about everything.