Ruthy Ballard is a scientist, artist, and children’s book author who lives and works in Sacramento, California. By day, she is “Dr. Ruth Ballard,” a professor and forensic biologist who serves as a consultant in criminal cases involving DNA evidence. By night, she romps in an imaginative world of color and words that has been her playground since childhood.
Ruthy is the author of Mateo and the Gift of Presence and is currently working on four other books in her “Tales by Moons-Light” series: Elvia and the Gift of Feeling Deeply, Bubba and the Gift of Big Thoughts, How Piper Found Peace, and Timmy and the Rock from Star. She is also writing a companion volume for the series: Tales by Moons-Light: Stories from Before the Great Melt.
Ruthy’s books are for middle grade readers (9-12), but her creative ventures don’t stop there. She is also an artist whose unique creations aim to delight and inspire the adult crowd.
Ruthy is married to a musician, Ernie Hills, and is the mother of two sons, three cats, and a Samoyed dog named Mush, all of whom appear in her stories, in various guises, from time to time.
For a peek into Ruthy’s life as a professional scientist and educator (Dr. Ruth Ballard), you can visit her at Sacramento State.
For more information about Ruthy and her creative endeavors, follow her on social media. ENJOY!