Laura Rittenhouse


Laura Rittenhouse is an American-Australian who calls Australia home. Her career in IT gave her the opportunity to live and work in six different countries on five different continents and, while rewarding, just wasn't how she wanted to spend her days. In 2006 she gave up that career to focus on her passion, writing.

Laura's first novel, "Starting Over" was published in 2009 and is available from all major online book retailers as are her second and third novels "Life's Journeys" and "Confessions of an Aging Adulterer". In between writing books she occasionally produces short stories, several of which have been published, including an anthology called, "Laura's Shorts".

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Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I start my writing days with a brisk walk where I think about the previous day's progress and visualise the next few scenes of my book. When I get back home I reread what I wrote the previous day (trying to control my urge to edit) to get back into the rhythm and voice of my story then write, write, write. I force myself to take a normal lunch break and finish before dinner. I repeat this cycle until the first draft is complete. That draft gets ignored for a few days, preferably a month, then the edit process begins. And another edit. Then I edit some more.
When did you first consider becoming an author?
I read Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five and I remember thinking, "I want to do that". It was a simple thought and I wondered if I could and if I'd write in that style and when I could get started. It was decades later that I first sat down to try my own novel but Mr. Vonnegut sat on my shoulder, egging me on for those first few scary days.
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Laura's Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Laura's Shorts is a random collection of unrelated short stories. Many were prepared in response to prompts or criteria of competitions, all were prepared for the sheer joy of storytelling.
Confessions of an Aging Adulterer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,290. Language: Australian English. Published: January 1, 2016 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
On the surface Vicky's a contented woman with grown children and a happy marriage. Below that surface Vicky struggles to understand why, if she's so happy, she's having an affair with her boss. Her New Year's resolution is simple, figure out why she's behaving like a fool by writing an honest account of her actions and observations in a diary. As honest as she can be, anyway.
Life's Journeys
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,160. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
At 29, Sophie's future is clear, she’ll rise through the ranks to take the reins of an international conglomerate determined that neither mortal man nor corporate games can thwart her. Not, anyway, until an international merger diverts her climb down a cul-de-sac where one hurdle too many provokes her to fight back.
Starting Over
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,530. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Though she doesn’t understand exactly why, Maria isn’t content with her lot. The prospect of exchanging dependence on her family for dependence on a husband doesn’t sit well with this young woman growing up in late 19th Century Germany. Three generations later, on the other side of the Atlantic, Eva struggles with a similar restlessness; she’s generally happy but never quite satisfied.

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Smashwords book reviews by Laura Rittenhouse

  • The Thief: A Craft of Shadows Tale on Dec. 19, 2015

    This is a short story that works as a teaser to Mr. Bassiti's novel The Jewel of Nineveh. The story was well told, interesting and I really like the writing style. It's set in the middle east in the past (probably no specific place or time - it feels like an Arabian Night tale) and the hero is a down-on-his-luck thief who just cant avoid temptation. Definitely worth a read and maybe even worth reading more of in the full novel.