Joshua Rittenberry


I grew up in a patch of cotton in the Bootheel of Missouri. Writing was not the lane I thought my life would travel. My childhood home was surrounded with loving parents who taught me the art of responsibility and nourished my ambitions. I dabbled with writing as I grew older, penning the forward to my high school yearbook. After school, I was offered, but turned down a newspaper job for fear of the unknown. I found the love of my life and settled down in my little town. As my wife and I fought through infertility issues, I took to my computer to alleviate my frustrations. Fate would intervene and my first book, Encroachment, was born.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story to which I ever put pen to paper was around 15 years ago. For whatever reason, I was compelled to write. What resulted was a short story about the affair of a black maid and prominent white man in the 1920's South.
What is your writing process?
I keep a collection of titles in my head. Once I fish for one, a story begins to build around it. Although some might find that backwards, I would equate it to choosing a paint color, then finding furnishings to go with it. Then, I find photos of the characters from random places and use those to identify who I'm writing about. I find it easier to write about someone if I know what they look like.
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Where to find Joshua Rittenberry online

Twitter: @j_rittenberry
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What Ever Happened to the Boy in Blue?
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,630. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Have you ever wondered what happens to someone who enters the public's consciousness on a day of horror? How do they deal with the lingering effects after the crowds have dispersed and after the cameras have gone? "What Ever Happened to the Boy in Blue?", follows the journey of Luke Dorsey as he reemerges from obscurity to cope with his past and find a way to set his old heart free.
The Lives of Four Men from Tyson, Texas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,880. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
What happens when the lives of four different people intersect on a collision course none are prepared to take?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,680. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A mild-mannered college football coach looking for an outlet to vent the infertility frustrations he and his wife share, begins to do so on an obscure blogging site. When a few cryptic and disturbing comments are posted to the site, he begins to suspect the people nearest and dearest to him. What soon unfolds afterward is a thrilling twist of Hitchcockian Proportions.

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blue    boy    football    high school    psychological    suspense    texas    thriller