Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is a Ballard-based writer and speaker who focuses on overcoming adversity, embracing life and turning dreams into reality.  She is currently partnering with Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds to help at-risk teens claim their power by finding their voice and writing their stories. She is also collaborating  on the development of an ongoing writing/empowerment workshop to help at-risk teens. Ingrid’s stories have been published in Salon, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Seattle Times and a variety of other publications. Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is her first book.For more information, visit:

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Books by Ingrid:

Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

What would you do if your Mormon stepfather pinned you down and tried to cast Satan out of you? For thirteen-year-old Ingrid, the answer is simple: RUN.

 For years Ingrid has begged her free-wheeling dad to let her join him on the road as a tool-selling vagabond to escape the suffocating poverty and religion at home. When her devout Mormon mother marries Earl―a homeless Vietnam vet who exploits the religion’s male-dominated culture to oppress and abuse her family―she finally gets her wish. Ingrid spends the next few summers living on the margins while hustling tools with her dad and his slimy, revolving sales crew. He becomes her lifeline and escape from Earl. But when her dad is arrested, she learns the lesson that will change her life: she can’t look to others to save her; she has to save herself.

Available in paperback and ebook at

Signed copies available at Secret Garden Books