Dave Ruch

Biography

Dave was born and raised in southern Ontario and recently has been dividing his time between there and Texas, where his fiancee is from. A graduate of University of Toronto, he's held a number of different jobs in the past couple of decades, from hotel night manager to photo-lab operator to member of a mobile store setup crew. These varied jobs have made him rich- in experience and stories! His writing has been seen in newspapers including the Toronto Sun and Oshawa This Week as well as regional magazines and his photo art has been featured at exhibits in both Ontario and Texas. In his spare time you'll usually find Dave spending time in nature, listening to 70s and 80s music or watching baseball, patiently waiting for his beloved Toronto Blue Jays to win another World Series. His belief that an optimistic outlook is the key to a full and happy life inspired his newest book, "Thank Goodness! 101 Things to Be Grateful For Today", a collection of personal accounts of good things often unnoticed, from a firefly at night to how sports unites a community to the wonder of foods from all around the world available at our local store...and many more. It follows "The Mockingbird Speaks" published in 2014 dealing with two things of importance to him: appreciating wildlife and in particular birds, and looking at things in a positive light.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I have several projects if not on the burner, at least keeping warm. In all likelihood my next book is going to be a book on understanding media that will be appropriate for both high school students and others interested in the ever-changing world of our sources of information. It amazes me we accept so readily information we get from the internet, TV, radio and so on without ever questioning it or wondering how it will change in coming years. There's also a work of fiction slowly germinating which I think will be best described (to borrow from one of my favorite authors, Douglas Coupland) as Generation X literature. Meanwhile, I'm always looking for interesting people as subjects for freelance magazine or web articles.
Who are your favorite authors?
I touched on this in the last question. Douglas Coupland has been influential to me and I love quite a bit of what he's done. It really spoke to me that he could create stories people enjoyed that were about ordinary people , not full of earth-threatening asteroids or exploding helicopters. I also like that he works equally effectively in fiction and non-fiction, something I aspire to as well. I devour all the Malcolm Gladwell books and enjoy any of those psychology-cum-pop culture books. Among current authors, I like John Irving and went through a phase of really liking Stephen King's works... although I've sort of tired of the horror aspects of most of King's books, I admire his ability to make characters and settings so real you can see them. I've also greatly enjoyed more classic works by the likes of John Steinbeck and the Bronte sisters.
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Books

Thank Goodness! 101 Things To Be Grateful For Today
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,640. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
"Thank Goodness- 101 Things To Be Grateful For Today" is a collection of thoughts about how good things and little miracles surround us everyday if we take time to look for them. A collection of 101 short essays and questions for the reader to ponder will help brighten every day and outlook on life.
The Mockingbird Speaks
Price: $2.69 USD. Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
THE MOCKINGBIRD SPEAKS tells of how I came to reconnect with my real self and change my mindset for the better by watching neighborhood birds and extracting truisms from their behavior. I learned to overcome some deep-rooted fears, to understand the need to constantly adapt and to throw away stereotypes and in the book I illustrate these lessons with case studies of inspirational people.

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