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Character Interview: Sarah Ruiz from Becky Komant’s adult suspense thriller ‘The Controlled’




We’re thrilled to have here today Sarah Ruiz from Becky Komant’s new adult suspense thriller, The Controlled. Sarah is a 38-year-old  fitness trainer and mom of five from Miami, Florida.

It is a pleasure to have Sarah with us today at Beyond the Books!

The ControlledThank you so for this interview, Sarah.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I think that most readers really understood that the years of mental and physical abuse were a hard circuit for me to escape from.  For those of you that couldn’t understand and found yourself frustrated with my poor choices, I need to say that one needs to walk the same path before they cast judgement.  There are many people in situations just as I was and sometimes they need support, not criticism, to make it through and escape the turmoil.  The world is full of crazy people who do crazy things.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I felt Becky brought my personality to life. She showed how I was able to relax and be myself around those I trusted most – like Tanya and Christian. She showed my weaknesses and insecurities when I had to deal with Alex and Ricky.  I felt all sides of me were presented well.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My resilience is my strongest trait.  Knock me down and I will get back up.  I never give up on anything.

Worse trait?

I trust too easily. That has changed though!  I learned my lesson well.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

That is a really tough one.  I would have to say Olivia Wilde.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes, I do…  But I can’t tell you!

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

There were a few times when I thought I wasn’t going to make it. That I didn’t have the strength to carry on. But each time I found something inside of me to motivate me to keep my dreams in focus.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I would never want to be Alex.  He is a narcissistic, self-absorbed jerk.  The worst part is, I don’t even think he realizes how harsh he can truly be.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I couldn’t believe what I saw at the end. It made my heart stop.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Becky needs to realize I am out for vengeance.  After everything I have been through, and all I have learned from my stupid choices, I am not going to allow my life to be controlled by anyone.

Thank you for this interview, Sarah.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Yes you will. My story is not over.


Becky Komant 3Becky Komant was born and raised in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia.  Spending most of her childhood years outdoors and playing sports, Becky’s passion for fitness was ignited.  Working at a gym at the age of 16, she then went on to an advertising position at a local newspaper following high school.  Soon after, Becky started her family and wanted to be more involved with her children.  It was then that Becky followed her passion and founded a successful private training studio.   Realizing that being a trainer was much more than just helping people physically, this lead her in the direction of becoming a certified life coach.  Because of her fitness and life coaching career, Becky always envisioned writing a book.  Overtime and thought, it evolved into her first novel, The Controlled. With more writing on the horizon, she hopes to inspire others on many levels. Becky continues to reside in Kelowna with her family.

Her latest book is the adult suspense thriller, The Controlled.

Learn more about Becky at


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