RuthAnn Hogue graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Telecommunication and Journalism. She has won numerous awards as a journalist, including the Arizona Newspapers Association first-place award for Journalistic Achievement. She sold "Goodbye, Walter" to a traditional publisher which released the first edition in 2005. RuthAnn released a second edition in 2014 through Whiptail Publishing. She enjoys public speaking and appearances for book signings, and has been a Barnes & Noble author of the month.