National Association of Professional Women Announces Ruth A. Barrett, Published Author, a VIP Woman of the Year

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Ruth A. Barrett is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession.

Now that I’m retired, I have more time to pursue my passion.

NAPW honors Ruth A. Barrett as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Barrett is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in journalism. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.

“I’ve wanted to write for a number of years. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to pursue my passion,” says Ms. Barrett.

After enjoying a long and highly successful career as an employee of the federal government, Ms. Barrett has embarked on a new professional journey, that of published author. She describes her first book, New Beginnings, as a contemporary romance. The main character is a young woman who marries her high school sweetheart only to discover he is not who she thinks he is. When he is arrested for murder, the woman is forced to start her life anew.

With her second novel, High Jinks in High Places, now complete, Ms. Barrett is in the process of searching for a publisher. Although she self-published her first book, Ms. Barrett is exploring the traditional publishing route for her latest work. “This book is about a young lady, a private investigator, who takes on a case involving a company that works with government contracts and discovers that a shipment of Navy cargo that was to have been shipped to a warehouse in Seattle, mysteriously turns up in Afghanistan,” says Ms. Barrett. “Not only does it contain romance, it also includes mystery and intrigue. I have been working on it for a little over six months.”

An avid reader for most of her life, Ms. Barrett said she has always enjoyed creating scenarios in her head and is thrilled that she now has the time to turn her creative thoughts into words on paper. “I love writing and I hope to complete at least one book a year in the future!" she says.”

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