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Ruth Wariner

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RUTH WARINER lives in Portland, Oregon. At the age of fifteen, Wariner left Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, and moved to California. She raised her three youngest sisters in California and Oregon. After earning her GED, she put herself through college and graduate school, eventually becoming a high school Spanish teacher. She remains close to her siblings and is happily married. THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is her first book.

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Ruth Wariner Hi Jessica,
I'm in the process of transitioning careers right now and am no longer teaching. I did begin writing my memoir while I was still in the cl…more
Hi Jessica,
I'm in the process of transitioning careers right now and am no longer teaching. I did begin writing my memoir while I was still in the classroom, though, and I was concerned about how my colleagues and students might react. I wrote the story in a very personal way, and I thought that might hurt my relationships with them. I taught for eight years before I decided to make a change.
On the evening of my book launch, January 5, 2016, several of my former colleagues and students showed up for the signing, and I was incredibly touched by their support and encouragement. They were so, so excited for me and seemed proud of my accomplishment. I have since heard from several of them, and their response has been overwhelmingly positive. They've shared tidbits of their own heartbreaking stories with me. So far, it feels like they have been grateful for my vulnerability. Their reactions have helped make me thankful that I've had the opportunity to write and share my story.
I also wanted to add that I did talk with my family in depth about my writing, and I shared my manuscript with them before I approached a publisher. Because so much of the story is also theirs, I wanted to make sure they were OK with what I wrote. They were also very supportive.
When you decide to write and share your work, you'll probably have a good instinct about how you want to share it both personally and professionally. It really is a very personal decision.
Thank you for your thoughtful question and best of luck to you on your writing journey.
Ruth
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“Mom couldn’t teach me that because she didn’t know herself. She couldn’t show me how to be happy, only how to barely survive.”
Ruth Wariner, The Sound of Gravel

“As I pulled the covers up and let Micah settle in next to me, I heard Mom’s voice in my ears: Children need to get used to being in the dark. She’d repeated that countless times throughout my childhood. No, I thought, they don’t.”
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“I wanted nothing more out of life than I did to keep my family together and make sure they were safe. The memory of those days reminds me of how exhausted I had been, but my siblings gave my life purpose, they were my bridge from pain to healing, from past to future. They are as much the authors of my survival as I am of theirs.”
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