Ruthy Ballard

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Ruthy Ballard is a scientist, artist, and children’s book author who lives and works in Sacramento, California. By day, she is “Dr. Ruth Ballard,” a professor and forensic biologist who serves as a consultant in criminal cases involving DNA evidence. By night, she romps in an imaginative world of color and words that has been her playground since childhood.

Ruthy is the author of Mateo and the Gift of Presence and is currently working on four other books in her “Tales by Moons-Light” series: Elvia and the Gift of Feeling Deeply, Bubba and the Gift of Big Thoughts, How Piper Found Peace, and Timmy and the Rock from Star.

Ruthy’s books are for middle grade readers (9-12), but her creative ventures don’t stop there. She is also an artist whose
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Ruthy Ballard Writer's block hasn't really been a problem for me. Sometimes I get stuck with a character. My approach is to leave the book for a while and work on…moreWriter's block hasn't really been a problem for me. Sometimes I get stuck with a character. My approach is to leave the book for a while and work on something else. When I come back to the original work, I'm refreshed and have a new perspective.(less)
Ruthy Ballard It's FUN, and I learn so much about myself through the writing. I love both the process of crafting stories and birthing the final product and sending…moreIt's FUN, and I learn so much about myself through the writing. I love both the process of crafting stories and birthing the final product and sending it out into the world. (less)
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Mateo and the Gift of Presence

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Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
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I really loved this book. Great ideas for authors and artists about becoming visible online and engaging with fans. I'm currently building a social media/web presence and I appreciate Austin's great tips. I've already started to put them into practic ...more
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The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
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One very rainy summer in Maine, when I was nine, I discovered a whole shelf of Nancy Drew mysteries in the local library. I started reading them one-by-one. We were staying in my grandparents' cabin, right on the coast, and there was a tiny loft abov ...more
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Watership Down by Richard  Adams
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One of my favorite books. A thrilling tale told from the point of view of rabbits. I've read it several times and never tire of it.
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
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One of the great children's books of all time! I reread it every couple of years because it makes me so happy. Thanks, CS Lewis. You helped me find my voice as a writer.
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The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
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I loved this book! A novel that contains extraordinary descriptions of the Farallon islands off the coast of San Francisco, and follows the lives of the biologists who live and work there. A murder mystery steeped in biology.
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Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria
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I read this while on vacation in Inverness California. I found it in the B&B where we were staying, and I was drawn in quickly. Very interesting historical fiction based (loosely) on the life of Margaret Mead. I takes place in New Guinea and invo ...more
Ruthy Ballard added a status update: I'm in the middle of this book right now. Contains lots of encouragement and ideas for becoming more visible as an artist and author on social media.
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Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
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Awesomely inspiring read! Really motivated me to think outside the box, take massive risks, trust the Universe, and tap into the positive energy that surrounds me. I read it straight through the first time around, but now I'm going back and engaging ...more
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