Ruth Ann Ochs Webster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, a city on the Ohio River. She has long been fascinated by the stories inherent in American history, particularly those of Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, the founding of the nation, and the Civil War.
Ruth spent most of her adult life teaching history and language arts to students of middle childhood age. She has freelanced as a columnist, essayist, and feature story writer for newspapers and magazines, and has had poetry and fiction published in literary journals.
She resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh, near the confluence of the two rivers that form the Ohio.
Toe the Mark is her first book-length publication.
Publications and Awards:
Past Five Years
- 2017 The Authors Zone (TAZ): First Place in Historical Fiction for Henry: The Jersey Brigade
- Henry: The Jersey Brigade - Ancestrals (Imprint of Tree Shadow Press) copyright 2017
- The Loyalhanna Review 2017
- Writing Success Conference "Novel Beginning" First Place: Jesse 53rd Kentucky
- Writing Success Conference "Blog Post" Third Place
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - personal essays
- Backbone Mountain Review - 2013 Fiction Prize
- Allegany Magazine - personal memoir
- Stanier Prize - Pittsburgh International Children's Festival - 2009 - collaborator on Harmony Street.
- The Cumberland Times-News - Bi-weekly columnist, seven years.
- Drum Corps World - feature writer.