Ruth Higgins, who spent her youth in Coquitlam, BC, first worked in the U.S. in Bellingham at St. Lukes Hospital, now part of PeaceHealth. Her career progressed to the Veterans Administration and positions in quality measurement in Pennsylvania, Utah and Missouri. When she met Al in 1992, she headed quality management at the University of Utah Medical Center. Moving to San Francisco, she became manager of quality, risk management and safety at Chinese Hospital. She married Al in 1994 in the Seattle home of friends where they had met.
Al Krause grew up in Western Pennsylvania, where he was an All-American sports editor of his college’s weekly newspaper and worked for two summers at a daily newspaper before joining the Army Security Agency. After 10 years with a major advertising agency in Philadelphia and two years as an advertising manager in San Francisco, he started his own public relations firm.
In 2003, old enough to collect Social Security, but too young to “retire”, they moved to Birch Bay and re-started their joint writing career. Their work has been published in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, blogs and their book (see Our Book tab).