Hello, I’m Ruth Hartley
I was born into a quiet world with books for companions, not all of them suitable for a child. My thoughts, imagination and dreams flourished. The books I read told of heroes and warriors. Certain that I was to be both, I gradually discovered that the silent and the unimportant have stories, and so do the fearful who are also brave. Eventually I decided that the stories I want to tell are those of the ordinary people whose lives flavour the earth with salt.
I am a Storyteller
To be a human, to be alive, is to learn and discover. The world is wonderful and shocking. Simply trying to understand the world and myself is work that is tough and creative. Writing and making art help me with my task. So does reading. It is a circle that brings me to want to share my stories and my art.
It may seem counter-intuitive for a writer, but I try to minimise the words I use. Our digitised world is dense with words and coloured images that provoke and anger and manipulate us. In this media jungle my ambition is to write, in elegant prose, common-sense stories that are thought-provoking, relevant, maybe funny, and I hope gripping. I trust my readers’ humanity, intelligence and kindness. So I’m anti-verbiage and pro-significance and I write for you.