"Children are amazing. When handed a fractured world created by those who make selfish, bad, or even evil decisions, many children respond with courage, wisdom, and hope. I’ve met some of these children and they are my inspiration."
Ruth Vander Zee
I grew up with them. My dad told stories at the dinner table each night. Sometimes the same ones over and over. Those stories simmered with life, emotion, passions, and yearning.
Later, when I finally got my education degree at the age of forty – call me a late bloomer, I found my place in the 7th grade classroom. Stories opened the world to my students.
Now, after many school visits where students stay behind to talk, they confirm what we all know. Stories connect us to each other.
In 1995, I met Erika, the protagonist in my first book. Her story was so compelling, I needed to write it. Since then, I have had the privilege of meeting and telling the equally compelling stories of others. Brilliant illustrators came along beside and filled in the details of the stories with their own art and passion.
I write stories about children who go through tough times with strength, courage and hope. I write stories about children who ask questions, who wonder why, and who figure things out.
But because of the power of story, I also found out I write stories for children who go through tough times with strength, courage and hope. I write stories for children who ask questions, who wonder why, and who figure things out.
Even though these children have not had the same experiences as the protagonists in my stories, they share, with a deep understanding, the truths in the stories.
More recently, I wrote a devotional book about women who met the radical, life-giving rabbi, Jesus, during his three-and-a-half ministry. These women’s lives were changed forever. I tell their stories in my book, Woman Meets Jesus – How Jesus encourages, empowers and equips women on their personal journey of faith.
My husband, Vern and I have lived in Southern California, the Bay area, Chicago and Miami. We have come back to the Bay area and currently live in San Jose, CA.