Sheila Ruble is the author of Fire Pony and Don’t Park on a Pig, as well as the coauthor of Listening to Stones. Several of her poems have been selected for inclusion in regional anthologies of western writers. Inspired by true events, Fire Pony is her first middle-grade novel.
Originally from Colorado, Ruble has lived most of her life on a small ranch in south-central Montana. Now retired, she served for many years as a 4-H leader and a U.S. Pony Club instructor and also gave private lessons in dressage and dog obedience.
Ruble continues to volunteer with Pet Partners, a national organization devoted to providing animal therapy to those in need.
An avid amateur photographer as well as horsewoman, she can usually be found during nice weather at her cabin in the Absaroka Mountains.
She and her husband, Bob, raised two daughters and over the years have owned an assortment of animals, including dogs, cats, donkeys, sheep, horses, and the occasional goldfish.
Ruble is presently working on a sequel to Fire Pony, as well as a new book of poetry for children about real animals she has known on the ranch.
The cover for Fire Pony, the illustrations throughout, and the book’s layout and interior design were done by Robert Ruble. The cover and illustrations were created on the computer using photographs taken by him or Sheila Ruble, with a few additions purchased from stock photo libraries.
A retired physician, Ruble’s other interests include canine agility, bird hunting, travel to out-of-the-way places, and photography.
Illustrator of Don’t Park on a Pig and the upcoming The Fishing Dog and Other Stories, Casey Ruble is an artist in residence at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, where she teaches painting and drawing. She is represented by Foley Gallery in New York City and has received grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian Museum, Warhol Foundation, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and New Jersey Council on the Arts. She resides in a village in New Jersey, overlooking the Delaware River.