An early career in social care led to Ruth working as a freelance journalist in medical risk management. In her spare time she wrote fiction, poetry and Haiku as light relief from infection control.
Following the arrival of her children, Ruth re-discovered the excitement of children’s books. Several wins at Winchester Writers’ Festival in the Writing for Children categories, helped Ruth to decide that children’s fiction was the creative path for her. She now enjoys writing stories for children across the age groups.
Many of her stories feature animals, an obsession that started early. Over the years, Ruth’s menagerie has grown to almost epic proportions. She now lives on Mini Motley Farm with a flock of forty sheep, eight chickens, three dogs, two rescued miniature horses, six guinea pigs, two rabbits, one husband and two grown-up children.
The animals inspire and invade Ruth’s stories, as well as making regular appearances at schools for animal-writing workshops. You can follow the adventures of Mini Motley Farm on Twitter and Facebook and a new website is in development. The animals are also regular visitors to local radio stations and Fun Kids Radio in London, where they enjoy sharing their stories for a small, usually edible, fee.
Whether in carefully crafted rhyme or lyrical prose, Ruth's compelling voice gently delivers powerful messages promoting love, empathy and understanding, whilst celebrating the beauty of the world we live in.
Her debut picture book, Songs for Our Sons, will be published by Andersen Press in 2019. Dreams for our Daughters follows in 2020.
Represented by Mandy Suhr