Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Hardly Listen to Music as My Head Is Always Full of the Current Story, but I like the Old Crooners and the Big Voices of Tenors'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Hardly Listen to Music as My Head Is Always Full of the Current Story, but I like the Old Crooners and the Big Voices of Tenors'

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Byline: RUTH HENDERSON

RUTH Henderson has been writing for many years and her short stories have been published and broadcast worldwide, but to have a novel published was always her ambition.

After two years of single-minded hard work, Ruth, 69, was thrilled when her first book The Other Side of the Tide was published, quickly followed by High Tides.

Ruth's stories are contemporary and set in the North East, a place she loves, where the people are interesting and quirky and full of inspiration and laughter. She lives in Cullercoats near her two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.

Where do you live? Five minutes walk from the sea at Cullercoats.

How long have you lived there? All my life and I hope it continues.

What's your dream home? Anywhere with a view of the Tyne and I'll dream all day.

How do you get around? Public transport. It's so interesting.

What is your favourite part of the North East? The coast, it's so dramatic and varied.

What is your favourite building in the region? The old wooden Watch House at Tynemouth. It hoards the bravery of all the lifesavers.

What is the best holiday you've ever had? I love cities - all that activity and possibility is exciting, not really so different from the coast.

What's the favourite thing in your home? Not in the house, but it wouldn't be a home without a garden.

If you could have one luxury what would it be? An indoor swimming pool.

What are you working on at the moment? My next novel, set in Mallorca and Tynemouth, about a family dealing with bankruptcy, but being Geordies they do it with a laugh.

Who or what is the love of your life? My large family, there's always another baby somewhere.

Where is your favourite place in the North East? Tynemouth Pier, last Monday we watched the last of our heavy industry leave the river and on Easter Sunday we saw a porpoise leaping and jumping for joy. …

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