Mary Ruth Hughes lives in Southern California, with strong roots in Oklahoma.
She is the author of "Tishomingo", which is nationally recognized for its historical portrayal of Indian Territory before Oklahoma statehood. Her sequel to "Tishomingo" was released last fall. Titled: "Return to Okla Chuka." This book picks up where the first book leaves off.
Mary Ruth's other Native American works include "Native American Recipes" and "Willow Flower's Gift" - a story of how an old woman's unselfish gift preserved her tribe's unique beading method.
She is also the author of six children's books portraying whimsical characters of Halloween.
Mary Ruth compiled her grandmother's memoirs into "Memories of a Farmer's Daughter". Jennie Robbins grew up in Arkansas, married W.I. Phelps from Indian Territory and lived the rest of her life on a ranch outside of Tishomingo, (I.T) Oklahoma. She was still living on the ranch at 98 years old when she died.
Mary Ruth is an active member of the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club, Professional Women's Group, as well as Director at Large for the Mohahve Historical Society.