RUTH GLICK'S life is filled with romance.
Under the name Rebecca York, Glick, of Wilde Lake, has written more than 60 romantic suspense novels.
Her work has been described as "blistering romance and heart-in-your-mouth suspense" by Melinda Helfer of Romantic Times magazine.
Glick began her writing career at the Columbia Flier.
In the late 1970s, she participated in a writing seminar at Howard Community College, and soon after she formed the Columbia Writers Workshop.
The group meets every two weeks to critique members' work and share information about finding a publisher.
Inspired by Ken Follett's romantic suspense novel "The Key to Rebecca," Glick settled on romantic intrigue as her genre.
She says she enjoys this form because "the elements of romance and intrigue are so closely interwoven that if you took out either component, the story wouldn't be the same."
For years, Glick collaborated with Ellicott City resident Eileen Buckholtz -- both wrote under a single pen name. Since 1997, Glick has been writing solo.
She is working on her latest book, "Midnight Caller," due to be published in April.
The book will be No. 18 in her "43 Light Street" series.
Baltimore is the principal setting in the series because, Glick says, "It's a neat city that many people don't know much about."
Glick enjoys sharing information with her readers about Baltimore's blend of cultures, its architecture and neighborhoods.
Columbia, Elkridge, the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland are other locales that have been visited in her books.
Glick also has written 11 cookbooks under her own name. Her newest offering, "The Diabetes Snack, Munch, Nibble and Nosh Book," contains 150 recipes. She is also working on an Italian cookbook featuring easy, lower-fat recipes.
Glick and her husband, Norman, have been Columbia residents since 1969.
Their son, Ethan Glick, is a research assistant living in Alexandria, Va.
Their daughter, Elissa Webber, has recently moved back to the area from New York. Webber worked as a librarian in New York. She now helps Glick part-time.
Glick sets a goal of writing five pages a day. She aims to produce two books a year.
Watch for "Counterfeit Wife" and "Never Too Late" at your bookstore in the coming months. Both are in the pipeline.
Young authors win
Congratulations to the Running Brook Elementary pupils who were chosen as winners at their school level in the Young Author's Contest.
The contest is sponsored by the Maryland International Reading Association and the Howard County Department of Education.
Winners from our neighborhood include Nicholas Solomotis, Andrew Tomlinson, Eric Bachman, Sophia Canavan, Noah Bennett and Shianna Smith.
Also chosen were Maya Munoz, Ashley Tieperman, Adrianna Vargas, Joy Reinhardt and Amy Butler.
Running Brook reading specialist Mary Beth Hasson said the children's stories and poems are judged on the school level, then the county level and finally on the state level.
State-level winners will be announced in March.
Winners will receive a certificate of recognition and a copy of the book in which their work will be published.
Leadership U graduates
Leadership U -- a teen program sponsored by Leadership Howard County -- has graduated its third class of Howard County teens.
Harper's Choice resident Shirley Burrill is the executive director of Leadership Howard County.
She says students apply for inclusion in the teen program in their sophomore year of high school.
Once in the program, they learn team-building skills, leadership styles and identify problems facing youth in the county.
Beginning in the fall semester of their junior year, the young leaders design a project to address some of the issues they've identified.
Past projects have included creating a Web site and producing pamphlets for distribution to doctors' offices on the topics of drugs and AIDS.
Leadership U coordinator Betsy Coe said, "The program gives students the opportunity to give back to the community."
West Columbia graduates of the program include James DiPietro, Matt Gershman, Kate Kelley, Morgan Kimble, Stacey Mallare, Stephen Riordan and Adrian White.
For information about Leadership Howard County or Leadership U, call 410-730-4474.
Scouts serenade seniors
On Dec. 11, Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 876 performed holiday music for the senior residents of the Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City.
The Junior Scouts, who meet at Swansfield Elementary School, come from Swansfield, Pointers Run Elementary, Fulton Elementary and Love of Learning Montessori School.
The troop, under the direction of leaders Nancy Catizone and Kathy Nevin, decided to entertain the seniors as a community service project.
The Junior Girl Scouts are Olivia Bobrowsky, Chelsea Bowersett, Jennifer Burleyson, Christina Catizone, Kenya Chester, Brittany Dunbar, Hannah Grant, Kelsey Hayden, Amy Holcomb, Hanna Nevin, Angele Seriki, Kara Swirdovich, Emily Weisenhoff and Katie Williams.
Praying for world peace