A week ago Stacey posted an idea for Celebrity Writer Profiles. I thought this was such a great idea, and had to make a sample one for myself too. (Then I forgot to post the darn thing! Oops!) So here’s mine — you should try one too & send us the link.
Name: Ruth Ayres
Brief biographical sketch: Mrs. Ayres has been in education since 2000. She taught 7th grade language arts for 4 years. She is currently a writing coach for Wawasee Community School Corporation, working with grades K – 12. She lives outside a small Midwestern town with her husband, son, and Siberian Huskey.
When did you start writing? I don’t remember not writing. Before I even went to school, I remember stapeling paper together to create books that I would fill with lots of colors and later read to my biggest fans – Mom, Dad, Brother, and Dog.
What do you do to get ready to write? I pay attention to the world around me. I soak in the moments that make up my life. I go for a walk with my eyes wide open and my mind percolating. I talk. I draw. I collect in my writer’s notebook.
What are your favorite writing materials? My travel pack of Zig markers – 10 different colors for whatever mood strikes and my writer’s notebook.
What do you do to put off writing? I read or cook or photograph or watch a movie or shop.
What inspires you to write? Knowing that there are people who care about my words.
If you had a pen name, what would it be? Hmmm . . . I’ve never thought of this before – I always imagined using my own name, why have a pen name – paranoia? J Although if I have to choose, It would probably be Penelope Miller. Penelope because I love the whimsy of it and Miller is a family name.
What advice would you give to other young writers? Your life matters. The little things you do everyday create a story that is big and important. Find the significance in the life you live.
What have you always wanted to write? A professional book for teachers. When I was a teenager, I wanted to write young adult novels. When I was a kid, I was always making up fantasy stories – I thought I could create picture books of a new worlds for other kids to enjoy.
Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.