Ruth McLeod-Kearns is a novelette author whose heavily descriptive writing reflects her experiences with motherhood, trauma nursing and heart-breaking loss.
Born in Colorado in 1963, McLeod-Kearns and her family often relocated throughout the United States until settling in California’s Central Valley.
Graduating from Southern Adventist University’s nursing program, McLeod-Kearns’ speciality in trauma led her career, spanning over 25 years, through some of the largest emergency departments in the nation.
Although her nursing career ended in 2009 following a foot injury, McLeod-Kearns finally had the time to pursue her dreams of becoming an author.
Since June of 2013, McLeod-Kearns has self-published 9 novelettes through 5 major retailers in several countries. Her ebooks are compiled into a series entitled, “30 Minutes or Less”, and are designed to be read in under half-an-hour.
Asides from writing, McLeod-Kearns enjoys spending time with her wife and 3 boys, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and reading. She currently resides in Central California and works full time as an author.
When did you first start writing?
I have written since I was a child. I never saw myself doing anything else. But life does crazy things, and I fell into nursing. What followed was 25 years of a Trauma Nurse. I have seen things that people see only in wars. I have put babies in body bags, held people up who are looking down at a child gone forever. These things burn into you and change the way the world looks. After an injury that took my career, I turned to what I always knew I needed to do. With age, experiences, and a battered soul, I got into UCLA Extension Writer's Certificate Program and began to write as my life depended on it. I guess it did to a certain extent.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Blog of a Lesbian Mom is the story of a married couple (two women) who both have a child. They have every challenge, joy, and challenges any 'regular' family have. That is the central theme. Families, mothers, and love know no boundaries. It doesn't see color, sex, or flaws. I myself have been in a same sex marriage for 13 years, though just recently legally wed. We have raised three boys who are now good men. We had challenges, but we had many wonderful times. "Blog" is a compilation of our lives, high and low times, but is not an autobiography.
What does it feel like to die? Follow the last ten minutes of Claire's life as she fights for and ponders the memories of the life she had with her true love. She would fight, that is, until it was enough.
James has a great life: a successful career, a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. However, everything changes when he gets a phone call from a hospital informing him that his mother has weeks to live. After decades of anger and silence, James decides to travel back to his childhood home to help the woman he has yet to forgive.
When Jasmine's husband died in a car accident, he left behind a wife and adopted daughter, Rosie, in a world of destruction and grief. The once financially stable world Jasmine grew accustomed to had been unwelcomely exchanged for a life containing 3 jobs and frightening loneliness. Knowing they need to get away, Jasmine takes Rosie on a trip that unexpectedly bonds them in ways they could never
Where does one go when they're truly unwanted? For Becky, it was anywhere but home. 'Weeds' is the heart-breaking story of a woman's struggle to find where she belongs, and the people she touches along the way.
How can I sum up 20 years of trauma nursing? I've simply experienced it all: from the adrenaline of hearing the code bells ring to the heart-wrenching sadness of closing a child-sized body-bag. I've worked in some of the largest, meanest trauma facilities across the nation - and these are my stories.
For Casey and Susan, things didn't come easily. Their romance took some getting used to, living in Los Angeles was hectic and raising 2 boys was down-right insane. After being told by her therapist to vent through her blog, Cassie begins to realize that some of her biggest stressors were life's most precious gifts. 'Blog of a Lesbian Mom' is a soft-hearted reminder of just how important family is.