Interview with Pat Ritter

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My teenage years were in Sandgate, a seaside suburb of Brisbane the capital city of Queensland Australia. In sub-junior I attended Sandgate High School. A teacher, Mr Imoff, our English Teacher after we wrote a composition approached me and said, 'you have a gift for writing - you write the way you speak which is unique'. Unfortunately at the time I never had any idea of what he meant.

Again later in my life when I attended college a lecturer told me exactly the same words. I didn't truly understand what he meant. However, with this lecturer we wrote and published my first book 'Closing The Gap' which started my journey of becoming an author.
When did you first start writing?
In 1986. At the time I attended college - my lecturer, Bob O'Sullivan took notice of a project I began when I used material from his lecture in this project. I was a police officer. In the area I patrolled, a number of teengers 'ran away from home' and I didn't have the skills nor the knowledge of stopping them.

Bob lectured in a subject 'Behaviour' which gave me these skills and knowledge and soon after I developed this knowledge to help parents improve their communication with their teenage child. This project was an instant success. Bob suggested we write and publish a book about what I was doing in the community. He wrote the theory whilst I wrote the actual case studies of each parent-child interview.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Click Go The Shears' is a follow on from 'The Shearer' when the ending saw Joe Ryan change identities with Joe Gibson. A little confusing for readings because of the two Joe's.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Before 2009 I self-published books and sold them via my website using mailing coupons. When Mark Coker introduced me to Smashwords I immediately commenced to publish my books as ebooks and became an indie author. Since 2009 - the rest is history. I love it. All I need to do now is to write, publish, market and sell.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greatly. Daily I check for downloads, site updates. On one of these occasions Mark wrote about an author in America earning six figures annually selling ebooks on Smashwords. I read this person's website and immediately followed his advise.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading feedback from my readers. Who would think I sit here at Brooloo in Queensland at my computer and communicate with authors across the other side of the world. It's as if we sit across from one another. I love to write - I write each day. I belong to a writers group which meet weekly.
What do your fans mean to you?
Greatest! There is no better feeling when I receive feedback or read a review from one of my books. A couple of years ago I wrote and published 'The Drover' which has been a huge success. I still pinch myself to think people from across the globe love reading this book.
What are you working on next?
I love to write true stories about Australian history. My book next year is about George Burtenshaw who sadly passed away earlier this year aged 102 and a half years. His life story is one which needs to be recorded not only for history but to show how one person overcome tragic suffering under the hands of the Japanese during his imprisonment in World War 11 in Changi for four years.
Who are your favorite authors?
JD Nixon.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing I want to write. I write a novel per year and a 500 word story weekly. Research takes much of my time to 'get things right'. I love to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watch television. Read. Take care of my property. Travel.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Using Smashwords, Amazon, Facebook and my website www.patritter.com.au
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - in grade four. The exercise to write was about describing a scene. I wrote a letter to my grandmother to tell her what I was doing. It was read to the class to my embarrassment.
What is your writing process?
I write whatever comes into my mind. I'm lucky I live in the country without any interruptions or neighbours. Bush is all around me. Before I write a chapter I see and act out the scene of what I'm about to write. For instance in my latest novel I have a scene where Joe leaves the place he loves. Each step of the process goes through my mind before I write then I write the scene.

I write daily.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes - it was a story of an aboriginal boy who is saved by a sailor shipwrecked on a reef. Only a couple of years ago I purchased this book at a sale and re-read it. Memory flooded back of the joy I had when first reading this book.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a professional designer in America. Melissa does a wonderful job.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
These change from time to time. Once I read probably two books per year but since I've taken my writing seriously I am an avid reader. I can't say I have favourite books because now I read up to possibly two to three books per week. I am amazed at some of the indie authors which in my opinion are some of the best in the world. With ebooks - if I don't like the author, I delete them and read the next book. If the book doesn't catch my attendion in the first few pages than I go to the next one. That's how it is in todays environment.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly western, Australian, romance and at times crime depending on the storyline.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords, Amazon and Facebook
Describe your desk
Computer desk grey in colour; monitor on top shelf; keyboard on bottom shelf, printer next to monitor, computer on floor beside desk.
Published 2014-12-03.
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Books by This Author

Greatest (OMR) Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group. Price: Free! Words: 24,210. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature
Weekly I attend Pomona Writers Group. The facilitator gives us a topic to write for the following week. These are the topics he choses.
The Year That Never Was
Series: Outback Australia. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,620. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
AUTHORS NOTE: Fourth in this 'Outback Australia' series from 1899 to 1902 in Australian history. Australians fought in the Boer War in South Africa. Federation of our nation. Two great events in our history during this period. Although this book is fictional many of the events are true in our history. Each character is created from my imagination.
Fantastic (OMR) Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group. Price: Free! Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Each week in 2016 I attended the Pomona Writers Group. The facilitator asked us to write a story about a topic he chose. These stories less than 500 words are OMR (One Minute Read). I hope you enjoy reading each one.
Tilbaroo Station
Series: Outback Australia. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,480. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
Story Thus Far: This is the third book in the series starting with 'The Shearer' continued on with 'Click Go The Shears' and the story of Hannah and Joe continued.
Energizing - One Minute Read - (OMR) - Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group. Price: Free! Words: 25,300. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2016. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Each week in 2015 I attended the Pomona Writers Group. The facilitator asked us to write a story about a topic he chose. These stories less than 500 words are OMR (One Minute Read). I hope you enjoy reading each one.
His Life Worth Living
Series: Memoirs. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,740. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » History » Historiography
Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. ≈ Napoleon Hill ≈ Courage, determination, independence are some of the words to describe George Burtenshaw. His passing, aged one hundred and two years and a half truly showed inspiration with such self-determination, willpower and a ‘what he wanted attitude’ combined with a deep love for his huge family. Born in 1911
Dynamic - One Minute Read - OMR - Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2014 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 23,860. Language: Australian English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Each week in 2014 I attended the Pomona Writers Group. The facilitator asked us to write a story about a topic he chose. These stories less than 500 words are OMR (One Minute Read). I hope you enjoy reading each one.
Click Go The Shears
Series: Outback Australia, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,340. Language: Australian English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Inspirational
"Click Go the Shears" is a traditional Australian folk song. The song details a day's work for a sheep shearer in the days before machine shears. The enduring popularity of this song reflects the traditional role that the wool industry has played in Australian life.
The Shearer
Series: Outback Australia, 2014. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,370. Language: Australian English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1891 Australian history changed forever because of 'The Great Shearers Strike of 1891' when shearers from across the country went on strike for better working conditions and wages. Joe Ryan was one of those shearers. This is his story.
Captivating - OMR (One Minute Reads) Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2013 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 18,170. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
I am a member of Pomona Writers Group which meet weekly. Our facilitator selects a topic for homework each week to write no more than 500 words. These topics are the stories I wrote during 2013. Hope you enjoy.
Brilliant Stories - One Minute Reads (OMR)
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2012 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Essay » Author profile
These are OMR - One Minute Reads. Weekly when I attended Pomona Writers Group the facilitator provided us with a title to write and read to the other members. These are the stories I wrote for 2012. Hope you enjoy.
'The Proposition' (A Bundy Quicksilver Mystery)
Series: Bundy Quicksilver, Mystery. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,340. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Bundy Quicksilver received two medals from the Commissioner of Police twenty years after he retired. He wrote a letter to show his appreciation; and received a telephone call from the Commissioner wanting him to visit his office. Upon his visit, the Commissioner offered Bundy a proposal which he couldn’t refuse.
Awesome Stories - OMR - One Minute Read.
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2011 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 20,180. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
This book contains Amazing Stories - OMR (One Minute Read.) Each story is less than 500 words. These stories were written by me while attending Pomona Writers Group for year 2011.
The Drover
Series: Outback Australia, 2011. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,250. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Harry Williams from the age of ten years wanted to become a drover, like his father and grandfather before him. This is his life story of leaving school at ten years old, operating his first droving plant at thirteen years and fully operational at twenty-one years old. Droving is now a craft past its used by date. Harry Williams didn't think so.
Writing Group Stories
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2010 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
During 2010 I fell into a hole with my writing. A notice in a local magazine advertised the Pomona Writers Group which meets each Tuesday morning at Pomona Community House calling for new members. I decided to attend. These weekly meetings have become a Godsend for me to reignite my writing ambitions.
Parents STOP Be Aware Of Your Child Taking Drugs
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: Free! Words: 14,550. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Teens
Many parents have little idea of the drugs being taken by their children. This is information for parents to understand what type of drugs there are in society. Each drug is explained of the affects and consequences it has when used. Also available are hints to help your child if you discover your child is taking drugs.
Programme Workbook For Young People
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
How do young people, particularly teenagers, learn to understand what they want? This is a programme designed to help those young people to write down what they want - strategies to show how to get what they want and positive thoughts to help them reach their goals. This programme has proved successful in helping hundreds of teenagers to achieve their personal goals in life.
Closing The Gap
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,710. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Teens
(5.00 from 1 review)
Parenting teenagers at times can be difficult and is an unknown journey for parents of teenage children. This book came about when one of the co-authors identified how he could improve communication between parents and their teenager after the teenager had 'ran away from home'. This book is unique. Personal experiences have been drawn by the authors to help improve parent-teenager relationships.
How Could This Happen To Me
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
At 42 years old I had a pacemaker implant. From that moment onward I had no idea of the future. I fell into a big black hole of depression. This is a story of surviving a life crisis. There were no other books available to explain what the patient endured after the pacemaker implant. I decided to write this book and explain my journey.
'Hollywood' John McMullen Story
Series: Memoirs, John McMullen's life story. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,080. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
John McMullen knew what he wanted to do at 17 years of age. His deep desire to be a harness racing driver. His desires bubbled to a point when he achieved his dream to drive against the best drivers in the world. How did he do it? This is a story of personal strength; tenacity; heartache; and inspiration with the will to succeed.
Confessions Of An Alcoholic
Series: Bundy Quicksilver, Alcoholism. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,260. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
Bundy Quicksilver is an alcoholic. He tasted his initial taste of alcohol at 12 years old. Before he knew what alcohol could do to him it was out of control. At 28 years his wife gave him an ultimatum 'if he didn't do something about his drinking she was leaving and taking the children'. He promised to never drink again. This is a story of how he overcome his alcoholism.
Dream Angel
Series: Memoirs, My life story. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,330. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Have you wondered why different events happen to you in your life as if the event was meant to happen? This book is about my life and how different events forced me to travel in a certain direction. It's facinating when analysing each event, after it happened, how did it happen. In many ways I was saved and learnt a valueable lesson on life. I think that I had a Dream Angel.