Barrett, Ruth

barrett-ruthRuth Barrett

Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and now makes her home in Stratford, Ontario. Between then and now, she studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ruth pursued an acting career in Toronto where her love of the stage saw her perform in everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, eventually settling into voice-over work. Transforming herself into a writer has provided a rewarding new way for her to explore character and spin tales. Ruth has published dozens of short stories in various anthologies and periodicals in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. In Summer 2011, Ruth founded her own Spirited Words Book Co. and launched herself into the wild frontier of Indie publishing! Base Spirits is her first novel. For a quick creepy read, try 'Family Secrets'-- the first of many planned Kindle short stories. Ruth is currently working on a series of quirky, character-based mystery novels-- The Dead Drunks-- set in Stratford.


barrettr-base spirits Base Spirits, Spirited Words Book Co. (WAP), 2011.
In 1605, Sir Walter Calverley’s murderous rampage leaves a family shattered. The killer suffers a torturous execution… but is it truly the end? A noble Yorkshire house stands forever tarnished with blood and anguished spirits. As an unhappy modern couple vacation in the guesthouse at Calverley Old Hall, playwright Clara is trapped and forced back in time to bear witness to the family’s bloody saga. Overtaken by the malevolent echoes, her scholar husband Scott is pushed over the edge from possessive husband to wholly possessed… Inspired by a true-life drama in Shakespeare’s day, this is itself a play within a play: a supernatural thriller with a historical core. Only one player can survive.
"...if you enjoy curling up with a jolting tale (preferably on a stormy night with a cup of hot chocolate), this book is for you...  a distinctive debut worthy of attention." - John P. Bloch, The Kindle Book Review.
Family Secrets, Spirited Words Book Co. (WAP), 2012.
During a summer vacation at the family cottage, Jill unearths the evil behind her Grandpa's dark personality. For years, everyone accepted that Grandma Annabelle's death had been a tragic accident. But what if Grandpa was guilty of her murder? Jill learns the horrible truth. Worse yet, Grandpa knows that Jill's discovered his secret... and the old killer is due to visit for an extended family holiday...
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