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".
See www.laurarittenhouse.com for more information about Laura and her writing.
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.
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.
The Mossback Cafe Cookbook
on March 28, 2017
I've read the front of the book and then, being held hostage to my sweet tooth, flipped to the back - the dessert section. I baked the coffee cake and my only complaint is I shared too much of it with appreciative friends. Next time I make it I'll make sure I'm alone :-)
There are a lot of recipes in here that I'll try in the coming weeks - it is really a good cook book. But what pushed this to 5 stars for me was the fact that it's a really fun companion to The Fever (which I've read) and, apparently, A curse That Bites Deep (which I haven't - yet). This little cook book makes the novels seem almost like reading about friends.