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Ruth Lynn Kirk, Charleston, WV, is a freelance writer. She has written for animal publications such as Groom and Board Magazine, and a pet column for the South Charleston Advocate. She was Editor of a newsletter for Women Business Owners. She has also written and produced TV and Radio Ads. Ruth is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, WV Writers, ABC (Association of Booksellers for Children), and PMA (Publishers Marketing Association). Ruth Lynn Kirk, along with her husband Tom, lived at Shamrock Stables (alias Sunshine Stables) for 33 years.  It is now under new ownership of their daughter Theresa (a prominent character in the "Charlie" series). Ruth & Tom now live on a farm near Shamrock. Their house is surrounded by ninety beautiful acres. "I hope to have more time to write the many stories I wish to tell about the many wonderful animals I have been privileged to know throughout the years," says Ruth.


The Charlie the Pony series is a labor of love for Ruth. The author penned her love of horses and ponies into this absolutely delightful series of children's books. Ruth wrote Charlie the Pony in memory of her dear pony Charlie who was a part of her family for more than 25 years. Artist Lynn Degen's illustrations fit perfectly with the flow of the story and dialogue. The illustrations show the character's and animal's thoughts and emotions beautifully.


Ruth is a member of: 

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators 

The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) 

Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) 

The West Virginia Writers