My name is Ruth Livingstone and I am a fiction and non-fiction writer, a blogger and a long-distance walker.
On this site I talk about my books, my latest writing, and sometimes point to useful resources for other writers.
If you are looking for my popular coastal walking blog then walk this way: Ruth’s Coastal Walk. Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasure. I have a separate blog, Ruthless Readings, where I post (infrequently) about books I’ve read and what I’ve learnt from them.
I started my writing life – and this blog – in November 2010, for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It was a great way to:
- motivate myself
- establish a discipline of writing regularly
- connect with readers, other writers and bloggers.
Previously I’d worked for over 20 years as an NHS GP, as an educational presenter, and later as a clinical adviser for the Department of Health. During my medical career I’ve written factual content for various newsletters, websites, magazines, and trade journals.
Fiction is my primary interest, and so, to improve my craft, I enrolled in a part-time BA degree course in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, from where I graduated in 2015.
I’ve had a number of pieces published in various formats (see my books and publications) and independently published a book about long-distance coastal walking, Walking the English Coast (2016). I’ve also published a couple of booklets: one collection of short stories, The Shed (2016), and a factual account of a rainy day walk, Soggy Socks (2015).
Once upon a time, back in 2012, I was chosen as an Olympic Storyteller. In addition I’ve written a number of guest blogs about walking the English Coast.
I was born in Kenya, spent my teenage years in the Bahamas, and now live in England, in the beautiful town of Stamford, South Lincolnshire, with my husband and a huge collection of books.
I love: my family, good sci-fi, bouncy dogs, single malt whisky, and long walks in the English countryside.
I hate: soppy romances, patronising people, and poodles. Oh, and I have a strong aversion to author bios written in the third person.