Ruth Zavitz has been writing ever since she learned her ABCs, because it was the only way she could get rid of the ideas and characters that infested her brain. At the age of sixteen, she won honorable mention in a provincial poetry contest. She has published over 350 articles, essays and short stories. Her gardening book, High on Grass, Ornamental Grasses for Northern Gardens, was published in 2006, She was a finalist in the 2008, 2009 and 2013 John Kenneth Galbraith short story contests.
Like many authors, Ruth’s goal was to have a traditional publisher issue her work. This she accomplished in 2014 with the publication of her historical novel, Flight to the Frontier, set in the 1780s in New York State and Niagara. The sequel, Niagara Odyssey was published in 2015. Her publisher is currently considering Kitty Brant, a novel about British civilian life during the First World War. Always interested in pioneer history and particularly in how ordinary people, the bystanders, coped with conditions not of their choosing, she pays particular attention to the language, customs, and conditions of the times she writes about.
Ruth is a fifth generation Canadian, born in rural Middlesex County. She has added five children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren to the Canadian population and currently resides in London with a contrary cat and equally contrary computer.
Phoebe Carey plans to marry Richard Trevlyn and live happily ever after in the hamlet of Haventown on the banks of the Hudson River. But the American Revolution intervenes. He leaves to join the Butler’s Rangers at Niagara to fight against the rebels. Phoebe and her Quaker parents are persecuted because of their refusal to join either side. They decide to flee to the safety of the British flag at Niagara. Phoebe is ecstatic, sure she will find Richard there although nothing has been heard of him. She will also escape the lecherous Dilly Crossman although he vows to follow her.
Niagara Odyssey is the continuing story of Phoebe Trevlyn and her adventures in the Niagara area of Canada during the troubles of the late 1700s and early 1800s between the British and the Americans.
For a woman on her own in the Niagara frontier the future is bleak. Phoebe’s husband is dead and she has been turned out of her home. She struggles to survive with nothing but her raw courage and will.