Interview with C. Elliot Ritter

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've been telling stories since I was a small child and I like how I can share them with other people now. It's like letting someone else inside my mind for a bit.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, as so far as I have any, are like the people coming along for a ride on this strange trip. Kind of the Dr. Gonzo to my Raoul Duke. People reading my books and enjoying them help me realize I'm not as crazy as I could be. And I tend to write toward a target audience that I consider myself part of.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on an urban fantasy tentatively titled "The Girl in the Belfry" which is about a young woman from the country named Luka who goes off to college in the big city only to learn she's not only part fairy, but that she inherited her father's title of "Constable."

It's not a big action-oriented adventure, but a character piece that asks questions about mental illness and personal identity. The character referenced in the title is a bird-girl fairy named Woodstock who helps guide Luka through her new life. The title itself, and the main character's name, are references to music the singer Suzanne Vega.
Who are your favorite authors?
For a short list? Charles de Lint, Tom Clancy, William Gibson and Terry Pratchett which is a bit of a diverse group with lots of variety. There are quite a few other writers I enjoy reading and greatly admire but I wouldn't put into my list of true favorites. If I started naming some of them I'd be here all day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides reading as well? I enjoy playing PC video games and especially MMOs. My favorites of those are The Elder Scrolls Online and Star Trek Online. I also make 3D pictures using Poser and Octane Render. I also enjoy cooking and dining out.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes it's through social media, but more often just browsing the listings for a genre or author I want to read at the moment. I'm also willing on Amazon to pay $0.99 for an ebook even if it's "free" on Kindle Unlimited to directly support the author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. "TIME TRAVLE" (I even recall the misspelling) in the fourth grade. The assignment was to write a story about a kind of flying dinosaur called a pteranodon so I wrote a story about someone going back in time to see them. I probably got a bit of that idea from Ray Bradbury.

I also recall a story titled "Arthur Forgets the Feul" from the second grade which was based on the Arthur Aardvark kid's stories. I don't think I did more than draw a cover for it, though.
What is your writing process?
Depending on where I am I'll either pull out a notepad and pen and start writing or settle down in front of my massive gaming computer with its huge monitor and mechanical keyboard.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of books and what I read changes sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis.

Recently I've been on a space navy military science fiction kick, but I also enjoy urban fantasies, some kinds of romance, cyberpunk and non-fiction that's related to my current writing project.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Oasis which I find extremely well made, but I dislike the two-part battery and miss the auto-brightness of my Kindle Voyage. I prefer the eInk technology and I'm too invested in the Amazon ecosystem to leave Kindle for Kobo or Nook.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading for longer than I have clear memories, possibly as young as 3yo, so I can't recall the very first one I read. I do remember picking up "R is for Rocket" by Ray Bradbury when I was in elementary school and loving it. Ray Bradbury was a great writer for kids, maybe even more than his writing for adults. His words just flow from the page.
Published 2017-04-23.
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