Ruth White


Best known for her award-winning children's books, Ruth White grew up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Many of her books are set in that part of the world during the 1950's when she was a child. After finishing high school in Grundy, VA, Ruth attended college at Montreat and Pfeiffer, both in North Carolina, and worked as a teacher and school librarian in four Southern states. She has to date published many novels for young people and adults. Her novel, Belle Prater's Boy, won a Newbery honor. Diary of a Wildflower is a fictionalized account of her mother's growing-up years on a mountaintop. Lily of the Valley, a mystical soft sci-fi, involves children growing up alone on another planet. It is different from all her other books, as it embodies Ruth's spiritual philosophy, gleaned through years of reading, writing, working and living. Today, after living in the South for most of her life, she resides in Hummelstown, PA, which is so close to Hershey, she can smell the chocolate when the wind is right. She moved here to be near her daughter, Dee Olivia, son-in-law, William, and grandson Pate.

Smashwords Interview

How many books have you written?
I have written hundreds of books, but published only fifteen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux was my publisher for the first thirteen books. They were for middle grade children and young adults. One of them, Belle Prater's Boy, won a Newbery honor. The last two books I have written, Diary of a Wildflower and Mansions of Karma, are aimed at adults and young adults.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the mountains of Virginia, in the coal mining region, and that has influenced my writing tremendously. Almost all of my kids' books and one of my adult books were set in that area. It is a place with a rich culture and history.
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Where to find Ruth White online

Twitter: @kidlitwriter
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Memories of Summer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 31,610. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
An old favorite comes back to tug at your heart again. From Publisher's Weekly: "Appalachia in the 1950’s is the vividly drawn springboard to this tender, lyrical novel about mental illness." The Horn Book: "Distinct and startlingly beautiful . . . White’s most moving offering to date.”