Teacher, Author, Artist
I am a teacher. Every day I have the privilege to share in the adventure of learning with a room full of 8- and 9-year-olds. There simply is nothing as beautiful as children when they smile.
When I am not teaching or researching I enjoy sketching, painting, and writing poetry, short stories, songs and freelance articles. I especially enjoy creating computer graphics and Web sites. My children’s book, Sipke’s Son: The Story of a Friesian Colt, was published in 2009. The book was illustrated by my most talented friend, Rebecca Dennett. Currently I am working on a new book with Scottish singer/song writer Alan Greer. I worked as a production assistant and marketing manager on Jon Gustafsson’s award winning documentary, Wrath of Gods.
I believe that most people are the same. What sets us apart is the level of passion with which we approach life. Some choose to lead while others follow. Some choose to be takers while others opt to be caretakers. You should never take without giving something back. We should never take anyone or anything for granted. Never forget to say thank you or show gratitude for even the smallest deed or gesture. If you care about someone, tell them, never wait until it’s too late. It might not seem important to you, but it could mean the world to someone else. Listen with your heart, your brain lies between your ears and can affect what you hear. Shower the people you love with love...they will get more than enough hurt from life. Never let the sun set on your wrath; forgiveness sets you free and unburdens the other fellow.
What made you write a children’s book?
Ruby: Writing a children’s book has always been one of my dreams. I have loved writing ever since I was a child. I am a teacher and love doing that with passion, so naturally I love children’s literature. One day I just decided that I was going to give my all to writing and publish a book. I contacted my friend Rebecca Dennett who is a tremendous artist and I told her I was writing a children’s book about Friesian horses. She loves Friesians and put that love into the pages of Sipke’s Son: The Story of a Friesian Colt.
What was your publishing experience like?
Ruby: I researched self publishing thoroughly. I gained an understanding of the complete process. I basically made an outline of the steps needed to be taken, and completed them one by one. The whole process was exciting and flowed well. Rebecca is a graphic artist and with her work experience had knowledge of the printing process. Overall, self publishing was a very positive process.
What has been the most exciting part of your publishing experience?
Ruby: The most exciting part by far is having a published book. After all the work and waiting I can’t possibly find the words to express the emotion when I held the first copy of my book. I gained a great deal of confidence in completing this endeavour and making my dream come true.
Did you face any challenges in the writing process?
Ruby: The writing process didn’t really hold any challenges as it is something I love to do. The biggest challenge overall was the cost of printing. The other expenses involved were minimal compared to the printing costs.
Any writing projects in the making?
Ruby: Right now I am working on a new children’s book. I am also illustrating it so it involves a lot of my spare time. This book is also going to be musical and my talented friend in Scotland who is a musician and songwriter will be doing all the music.
Do you have any advice for first-time authors?
Ruby: Go for it! Don’t let anything stand in your way. You will never know if you don’t try. Never ever let anything stand in the way of fulfilling your dreams. Believe in yourself and give your all.