Ruth F. Stevens

Ruth F. Stevens likes to create stories that will make you laugh and cry. Speaking of her writing, she says: “I find myself motivated to write about the topics that worry me the most. Since I worry about a great many things, there is never a shortage of material.

"“I am also a big believer in the power of laughter to ease our pain and anxiety. Humor is therefore an important component in anything I write, no matter how serious the subject matter.”

Ruth is a resident of Torrance, California, where she lives with her husband, David Olson. Though she’s lived in California for more than half her life, she maintains strong ties to the East Coast, having grown up in Rhode Island and spent five transformative years in New York City, where she launched her communications career in earnest and developed an insatiable thirst for live theatre. Ruth served as a vice president at the international public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller in New York and Los Angeles prior to forming her own company, Stevens Communications. Ruth has been writing professionally for her entire career—including advertising campaigns and hundreds of published articles for newspapers, magazines, and journals with exciting names like Powder & Bulk Engineering and Metal Architecture (some of your favorite titles, to be sure).

Since leaving agency work, Ruth has taken up creative writing—her real passion. Her theatrical works include the Alzheimer’s dramedy Stage Seven, which was produced in 2018; and the futuristic dark comedy, Angry Snowbirds (previously called Instability), a finalist in the Garry Marshall Theatre New Works competition. She has written a debut novel, Stage Seven, based on her own stage play and a funny-sad duology titled My Year of Casual Acquaintances and The Unexpected Guests, coming from Black Rose Writing in 2024.

Ruth is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Women Fiction Writers Association, and AlzAuthors, where she volunteers as acquisitions editor for fiction. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, winetasting, hip hop dance classes, Broadway musicals, movies, leading a book club, and visiting New York to spend time with son Jake Olson, daughter-in-law Luciana, and grandsons Lucas and Nicolas.

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