My Story

Me looking at the Pacific Ocean

Reading and writing were my closest friends growing up. I would spend hours in my room devouring the words that took me to another time and place.

My Grandmother was a writer. When I read her poems, I could see the places she described. Knowing that an ‚Äúordinary‚ÄĚ person could write so magically inspired me to try writing.

I enrolled in every writing class possible while attending college. Other than art, these classes were the most enjoyable. Even before going to college, I was always writing short scenes and story lines on pieces of paper.

After college I needed to pursue a “real” job, so I put aside my dreams of writing to pursue a “real” job. Although at seventeen I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I managed to earn a B.A. in Elementary Education. Unfortunately the schools weren’t hiring when I graduated. The local community college, however, was looking for tutors; I tutored general chemistry and math for thirteen years.

The deterioration of my health in 2005 forced me to quit work. To keep occupied I started painting again. Creating art allowed me to focus less on my pain and more on the amazing world in which we live.

Recently, I started writing again. I mainly write nonfiction articles, although I occasionally dabble in poetry and short story writing. I enjoy the creative process and like to explore the different qualities and limitations of fiction and non-fiction.

Other Websites

I’m in the possess of writing my memoir,¬†Diagnosed at Seventeen; My Struggles and Triumphs Living with¬†Rheumatoid¬†Arthritis. If you want to follow my progress go to Diagnosed at Seventeen¬†and sign up for my mailing list.

At Ruthie’s Bookshelf¬†you¬†can find all the books I’ve written; Greg’s books are there too. I’ve provided links so you can buy them, too.

You can read about my faith and it’s influence in my life at my website I Live by Faith,

My fiancé, Greg Laws is an artist. You can see his work at his site, greg-laws.com. Check out his comic strip, Curly Wolf.and his other Drawings. You will find links to buy the Curly Wolf books at his website.