Ruta Sepetys: An acclaimed writer finds her voice

It was only when I started harnessing my own story that people started to respond.
— Ruta Sepetys

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Her Story of Success...

Ruta Sepetys is one of the most admired writers in contemporary children’s literature–with the bestsellers Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray among her riveting historical novels for young readers. But it was only after a 22-year career as a music business manager that she finally found the courage to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. The turning point was a trip to her father’s homeland in Lithuania, where she discovered a long hidden family secret.

About This Episode...

Ruta retraces her unlikely journey to becoming an internationally bestselling author and offers her thoughts on working with challenging clients, the importance of mentoring, the power of stories and the enduring value of failure.