Author Interview #12 – D.S. Ritter

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D.S. Ritter was that kid who always read at lunch until she grew up to write books of her own.  Now, she lives in the jungle with her husband, two kids and a small menagerie, making things up and sometimes getting paid for it.

Links to social media:

FB:, Blog:, Twitter:  @tenshinoshin

Links to published books:

Cthulhu’s Car Park (

Last Cull (coming November 13th) (

When They Turn (


What is your dream destination vacation spot?

I’d really like to go to one of those sort of old school hot springs resorts in Japan.  Traditional, with really good food.


If you could have lunch with any four authors who ever lived, who would be at your table?

I’d probably pick Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett because I love them, and then Earnest Hemmingway and Hunter S. Thompson, just to see what would happen.


What is your most precious time of the day?

I really like driving to pick up my son from school because it’s quiet, alone time.  Just me and a podcast, or my own thoughts, for a half hour.


How much research do you do for your novels?

Some?  The idea of not getting things right makes me a little squirmy, so I tend to shy away from genres that require a lot of solid research, like historical fiction, and am more comfortable when I can create something that’s completely my own.

That being said, my urban fantasy novels are set in the city where I used to live, and the other thing I’ve published is a horror novelette taking place in the 1950’s.


Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No, not yet.  My husband and I have a project we’re starting work on, but I’ve never collaborated much.


When did you decide to become a writer?

I think that’s been a long time coming.  Like, when I was little I went through the phase where I wanted to be a fireman, or a ballerina, or a painter, but then I hit writer and it just sort of stuck.


Why do you write?

See, that’s actually a really tough question?  I guess I do it because I really like it.  Plus, stories kind of mean a lot to me, as books, movies, comics, whatever.  I feel like that’s how we really communicate to each other, even if we don’t always get the messages on a conscious level.


Where do the your ideas come from?

Everywhere.  And they tend to stew for a while.  My horror novelette was inspired by a series of paintings of women from the necks down, wearing party dresses and holding sledge hammers and chainsaws.

Most often though, I get ideas from other people’s work.  If the well is running on empty, often seeing a really good movie can fill it again, or reading a great book.


Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully, I’ll still be doing this, only a bit more successfully, with a decent-sized back catalogue and money to spend on better covers and going to conventions.


What is your favourite quote?

“If breathing weren’t a reflex, that boy would be dead.” – One of my distant female relatives


How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About a month.  My first book, I gave myself three months, starting in July.  It was kind of Lovecraft-related, so I watched a documentary on him and found out that his birthday was August 20th.  I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to get it out on his birthday? So rather than releasing in July, I decided to release in August.  The second book I wrote (it’s only a novelette though) I finished over a weekend and then took a few days to edit.  Right now, I’m scheduling about a month per book, give or take.  I’m hoping to have nine out by this time next year.

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