W. Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist and writer with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A travel writer since 1982, her publications include the Vancouver Province, The Vancouver Sun, 50 Plus, Senior Living, and various other newspapers and magazines in Canada, US and the United Kingdom as well as on-line publications, and Ruth also edits and publishes her own on-line travel zine at She has been published in the APA Insight Guides 1994, Writer’s Abroad anthology “Foreign Flavours” as well as two poetry anthologies and was writer for The Vancouver Guide for Planet Eye Traveler. In 2014 she was invited to Egypt by Egyptian Tourism and you can read her blogs about this trip at Her ATHENS AND BEYOND e-book for Hunter Publishing, US was published in Nov 2015 on Kindle and she is currently working on EXPLORING THE GREEK ISLANDS.

Ruth’s first historical fiction novel SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON (Volume One) was published July 2014 by UK. Volume Two, SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES was published in January 2017. Research was done in Greece and with the help of the Vancouver Greek Consul, the Ministry of Culture, Greece and the Society of Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki, as well as help from various Classical scholars, and the Finnish Institute and Norwegian Institutes of Athens.

These are her first published literary works. Both books are currently available on The Book Depository and on order through bookstores. Volume One is also available at the Vancouver Public Library.

Writing Experience and Credentials

Ruth is a member of the Federation of BC Writers, The Canadian Author’s Association, the Royal City Literary Arts Society and is past president of the BC Association of Travel Writers. She instructs writing classes at WAVES in New Westminster, Brock House, and in the past at Champlain Heights Community Centre and for the VSB. She has presented workshops and readings for Burnaby Writer’s Society, Grind Writers, Surrey Muse, Lit Fest and the Royal City Literary Arts Society as well as readings and workshops for the Vancouver Public Library, Kitsilano Library and Port Moody Library. She taught writing classes for the VSB Continuing Education program from 1993 until 2014. She participates in workshops for writing groups as well as for the Royal City Literary Arts where she has presented workshops at their yearly LitFest, Douglas College. The Vancouver Public Library which carries a copy of her novel. Ruth also presents workshops on travel writing privately as well as for the BC Association of Travel Writers.

Writing Career and Background of Author, W. Ruth Kozak

Ruth began her writing career at an early age. Her first ‘publication’ was in a Girl Guides magazine at the age of 12. During her years at Britannia High School when she was 16 she learned about Alexander the Great and became entranced by that history.

Ruth went to live in Greece in the 1980s and grew even more interested in Greek history. This piqued her interest to write about Alexander the Great. The theme of SHADOW OF THE LION is “How blind ambition and greed brought down a world power” During the early work on this novel she went back to live in Greece part time in order to research. The novel expanded over the next 15 years. When it was accepted by Media Aria-CDM the publisher it was suggested that it be broken into two parts. SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON (volume 1) was published in Jul 2014 and Volume two, subtitled THE FIELDS OF HADES was published in Jan. 2017. (Shadow of the Lion blog)

Ruth is currently working on another novel DRAGONS IN THE SKY, a Celtic tale told in the first person by a young Druid’s acolyte. This book is told in the voice of a young Celtic girl, Olwen, and introduces Alexander as a youth. DRAGONS IN THE SKY is a unique novel, appropriate for Young Adults as well as an adult audience. It is like a bard’s tale with the chapters written as ‘stanzas’ and bardic verses.

For the future, Ruth has already outlined a novel about Alexander the Great’s mother, Olympias, and is also working on her memoir LIFE BELOW THE ACROPOLIS

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