Rochelle St. John Ruiz



Rochelle St. John Ruiz

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Think Of Good Things author

Rochelle St. John Ruiz

Rochelle St. John Ruiz – singer-songwriter, speaker, author and ventriloquist – has been creating songs, scripts and stories since childhood. She taught herself ventriloquism at the age of 8 and has since traveled around the world with her puppet friend, “Willie.” She is passionate about family.  She homeschooled her two daughters for 18 years and her artistic endeavors have always been a family affair. She lives in Redding, CA with her favorite people – her husband John Paul and their two daughters.


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Think Of Good Things

This beautifully illustrated book was written to help children overcome their fears by choosing to think of good things. Rainbows in the sky, sitting on a beach, or shooting stars at night can move the focus off their fears and onto these beautiful things in life. 



Meet Rochelle

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What inspired you to write Think Of Good Things? 
This was originally a song that I wrote for my oldest daughter when she was little. She was afraid of the dark and of being alone in her room at night, so I would sing the song to her, to get her mind off of her fears and onto all the beautiful things in life. I ended up singing it to both of my daughters as they were growing up and now I want to make the song and story available to other families.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  
Cotton Candy

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child?
I remember liking Bedtime for Frances, written by Russell Hoban and Illustrated by Garth Williams. I used to read it over and over again. 

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hiking and spending time with family.

What is your favorite place to eat? 
I am spoiled by my husband who loves to cook- so anywhere he is cooking is where I want to be.

What is your favorite time of day?  
I am a night person- so evening is my favorite time of the day.  I am more creative and inspired, and some of my best writing has been done late at night.

What is your favorite thing about the place you live? 
I love the mountains, and the beautiful people who I get to call family and friends.

Other than your family who is someone who means a lot to you? 
My daughter’s dog, Winndixie, is my buddy.  He follows me everywhere I go and is always so excited to see me when I come home.  He definitely means a lot to me and the whole family.

What is your favorite color? 
I equally love blue and yellow.  I especially love seeing them together.



Pennie Strople

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Pennie Strople

Pennie Strople first discovered her love for art as a young girl growing up in rural Colorado. She always dreamed of one day illustrating children's books and painting portraits of children. Pennie loves the freedom and joy that creativity brings and spends her days painting, teaching art to children and adults, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life with her three young sons. She thinks, with gratitude, on all the good things overflowing in her life!


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If you choose to focus on the beautiful things in life- LIFE will become beautiful.
— Rochelle St. John Ruiz