Ruth & Jane met while they were doing their masters in creative writing. Since then they have both written novels and short stories. Ruth has published a couple of novels and a children's book and Jane has published a poetry book. They were also co-founders and editors of the online creative arts magazine Makarelle.
Ruth & Jane
Ruth was born in Saltaire, West Yorkshire but grew up in Cleveleys, Lancashire. She graduated from Exeter University in 2000 and qualified as a Religious Studies teacher in 2001. Having met her husband at university, they got married and moved to the South East - him to do his MA and her to start her teaching career.
Ruth worked full time as a teacher, writing odd bits here and there whenever she found the time, in between the job, the dogs, the husband and the small boy who was added to the family in 2005.
In 2014 she gave up teaching to become a full time writer, but after a few months, life decided it had other plans for her and she went back to running around after another small boy. At the same time, the family moved to the Essex coast and started building their family life in a new town.
When the littlest member of the family started pre-school however, it was time for her to dust off the fountain pen and notebooks and start writing again. She decided to study for an MA in Creative Writing with the Open University and in December 2020, she graduated with a merit.
Since then she has published two novels for adults, one for middle grade children and a children's picture book, as well as being involved in editing and publishing various anthologies.
Jane wanted to be an actor. At eighteen, she realised this wasn’t for her and her true love was writing and photography. She has been doing that ever since. Her book of poetry, Blood Kisses is out now. You can also find her work in the anthology Footprints and Echoes, (both available on Amazon). She has been published extensively online and was shortlisted in the lockdown Haiku competition with Fish Publishing. She had a special mention from The Welsh Poetry Competition and was longlisted in the Mairtin Crawford Awards. Jane has a master’s in creative writing.
When she isn’t writing or taking pictures, you will find her tap dancing or drinking coffee curled up with one of her cats. If you google Muddynosugar you will find her online.