Ruth Nott


I am retired, living in Chiefland, FL and have found poetry to be a valued part of my life. My poetry reflects my faith and values and a deep love for God and family.

My latest work is a children’s picture book titled “New Friend True Friend” and is available (in addition to my many books of poetry) on

My work has been published in various anthologies, small press magazines, Poetry Canada magazine, The Quilter magazine, The Joy of Living Poetry Collection by Hazel Street Publications, Sea Oats Review, Mahogany and Molasses, Verse-a-tility, Anthologies of the Florida State Poets Assoc., Inc., Of Poets and Poetry, The Easterner, Family Matters (an anthology by several family members), various other newsletters, and several poetry websites, blogs, and groups as well as her own seven books of poetry.

I most often write rhyming poetry and have had to force myself to occasionally write those that do not rhyme just for the fun of the challenge. My poems are spiritual, or romantic, or amusing, or occasionally seem to beam in from some far alien universe.

I began writing poetry in grade school, but picked it up again in the 1960's during a troubling time in my life when it was easier to put my feelings down on paper than to discuss them with anyone. All my thoughts, doubts, and fears became poems - a way to release emotions in private. But I have progressed over the years and my poetry these days dwells more on my faith and love of God.

I'm not a "driven" writer who can't seem to put down her pen or step away from her keyboard. What I do seem to be is a driven quilter who occasionally finds inspiration for poetry while sitting quietly working on a quilt in my lap, or while sitting in church during Sunday service. It's those quiet time inspirations or the turn of a phrase from the pulpit which eventually become my next poem.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
“New Friend – True Friend” is a poem originally written over 30 years ago and was originally titled “Dragon Tales.” I began thinking about my own children who were all nearly grown at that time and about the things they liked and problems they had. My oldest son loved dinosaurs and dragons and instilled in me the same love by introducing me to “Dinotopia” by James Gurney as well as Anne McCaffrey’s dragon rider books. That’s how a dragon became a part of the poem.

Since we were an Air Force family, moving from one base to another became a way of life and often a problem for the children when they had to leave old friends behind and try to make new ones in their new hometown. Thus, developing a new friendship became a part of the poem.

Feeling betrayed can also be a part of a new friendship before we truly get to know someone. But that feeling can be turned around when our new friend keeps their promises and a spirit of kindness and understanding grows between them. Dominic Dragon keeps his promise to Jason and does it right away turning Jason’s frown into an uplifting smile.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a poet and poetry is difficult to sell. Self-publishing was a way of seeing my work in print quickly, making it available to family and friends, with the possibility of further sales occurring. I have written eleven books of poetry, trying to publish a new one each year. Now I have added "New Friend True Friend", a children's picture book for ages 3-8.
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New Friend True Friend
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 480. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
“New Friend – True Friend”, written for children age 3-8, teaches a lesson in trust, kindness, and hope It also shows that new friends need not be just like you. They can be black or white, red or yellow… or maybe even green! Friendships can develop quickly and unravel just as quickly. Follow Dominic Dragon and Jason as their friendship takes flight, quickly plummets, and soars again.

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