Speaker Profile - Ruth McNally Barshaw

Illustrator, Other, and Writer

Region: Michigan
Skype Visit: No
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: ruthexpress@aol.com


I’m an author-illustrator with a compelling journey-to-publishing story. After 25 years in advertising, I switched to creating children’s books. I joined SCBWI, took classes, dissected successful books, and attended conferences. In Fall ’04 Tomie dePaola suggested I attend the 2005 SCBWI Conference in NY. I went, sketched, then put my entire 180-page trip journal on my website. It went viral – 1000 emails urged me to create a book in my sketch-journal style. Ellie McDoodle was born. I signed with Erin Murphy Literary and she sold the book right away. The first Ellie McDoodle book came out in 2007 with Bloomsbury, followed by 5 more books. Ellie is sold in 8 languages — I get fan mail from around the world! My 7th book is Leopold is Lost (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015) with Denise Brennan-Nelson’s writing and my art. My life is a Cinderella story — which makes SCBWI my fairy godmother. ;)