Pat Ritter

Biography

Hi Everyone,

Let me introduce myself. My name is Pat Ritter. Since 1988 I have been writing and publishing books. In 2009 I decided to publish my books as e-books on this and other websites.

Writing and self-publishing became expensive especially the marketing end of the business. I experienced little problems with my first book 'Closing The Gap' however after writing and self-publishing six other books the printing costs out-weighed the cost of production.

At this stage of my writing I am converting from writing true life stories to fictional or better known - storytelling and it's difficult I can tell you. I'm giving it my best.

Reading is a passion. When I read I try and place myself in the writer's seat and endeavour to work out how they wrote the story. I enjoy reading interesting stories filled with passion, desire with a happy ending.

If you have a look at my website www.patritter.com.au all of my books are exhibited plus stories I have written and published.

I'm happy to meet you.

I'm also proud to be involved in Operation eBook Drop.

Pat Ritter
Author/Self Publisher

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Pat Ritter online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Shearer
By Pat Ritter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,370. Language: Australian English. Published: January 7, 2014. Category: Fiction
(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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2013 Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,170. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(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)
By Pat Ritter
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2012 Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Essay
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)
By Pat Ritter
Series: Bundy Quicksilver, Mystery. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,340. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(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.
Amazing Stories - OMR - One Minute Read.
By Pat Ritter
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2011 Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,180. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,260. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Stories Written at Pomona Writers Group, 2010 Stories. Price: Free! Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
(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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,590. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Parent Drug Awareness, Parents Drug Awareness. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,790. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
(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
By Pat Ritter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Memoirs, John McMullen's life story. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,020. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2009. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Bundy Quicksilver, Alcoholism. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,630. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2009. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Pat Ritter
Series: Memoirs, My life story. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,340. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2009. Category: Nonfiction
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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Pat Ritter

  • Sagebrush on May 03, 2012
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    Sagebrush is a magnificent story, in so much, after I downloaded it onto my kindle reader and started to read it, I couldn't put it down. Waking up at three o'clock in the morning wanting to know what happened next is a novel I love to read and enjoy. Thank you Bill for writing a wonderful story.
  • Blood Ties on Sep. 12, 2012
    (no rating)
    DJ, may I congratulate you on writing a wonderful story. I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which you used the character Tess Fuller. In real life I was a detective with Queensland Police Service for twenty years. I was engrossed to read the detail of each character in your story. I related to each one and from my real life experiences actually come across those characters more than once. A great story. Great job! Pat Ritter Author/Self Publisher www.patritter.com.au
  • Heller on Sep. 21, 2012
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    Jd - you have done another wonderful writing with 'Heller'. Congratulations on writing an interesting story with plenty of action. When I read a book I love to turn the page to see what the next page gives me. You have done this. Pat Ritter
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) on Nov. 01, 2012
    (no rating)
    I really enjoyed the book.
  • Anzac Spirit on Jan. 25, 2013
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    This is a story which is written from the heart by an Australian author who feels history of war was unnecessary. I agree with his writings. My grandfather fought in First World War in France and returned home wounded. His left arm useful for the remainder of his life. This story should be posted at the War Memorial Canberra for all to read.
  • My Story on April 06, 2014
    star star star star star
    Les, I know at the beginning you shared your memoirs with me to ask my opinion if it would be a story to publish. I've read your story and I extend my deepest congratulations on a job well done! Your journey has been tough and to commit your story to print, that takes courage and determination. You've displayed both. I've enjoyed reading your story and all I can say now is wait for the movie. Again congratulations. Pat Ritter