STEPHEN DANIEL RUIZ
STEPHEN DANIEL RUIZ is an American author and songwriter from Staunton, Virginia. His artistic focus spans subjects from addiction, relationships, parenthood, and mental illness to questions of philosophy, moral dilemmas, and ethicality.
Though Stephen Daniel Ruiz began writing prose and poetry as a boy, he spent an equal portion of his youth focused on songwriting as a singer and a pianist. As an adult, his overseas service in the U.S. Marine Corps did not diminish his love of writing and music. After his return to civilian life and the birth of his fourth child, he refocused that lifelong passion for writing prose and dedicated most of his energy to refining his skills as a writer.
Stephen Daniel Ruiz is the author of The Art of Love (& Loathing) and the stage play The Bad Guys, as well as a large collection of short stories and poetry. In addition to actively writing short stories, he is currently preparing his second novel for release in April, 2021.
TO THE READER:
For the sake of honesty and as a disclaimer to you, I must confess that I don’t really know much beyond stringing together words and writing songs. Luckily for me, it seems that knowing nothing is often the precursor to revelation.
I’m not here to tell you how to live a better life, because I’m grievously under qualified for that. I’m not going to try to convince you of any dogma or doctrine, because neither have ever rescued a person from the edge of insanity. Whether you’re in search of answers or maybe just a little bit of salvation, I’ve got nothing for you. A truth, however, is only as enlightening as the lies that precede it, and fortunately, I have an abundance of lies.
So, we’ll either make it out on the other side of this as some alternate versions of ourselves or get lost somewhere in the middle. Whatever the outcome, it’s better than never knowing if…
Your unapologetic Liar,
STEPHEN DANIEL RUIZ