The Organized Mysteries Series

I’ve just sent off an Organized Mysteries short story for a summer anthology project (more about that later), and I’m spending the next couple of weeks finishing up another full length Organized novel (again, more info coming soon). All that organized writing got me thinking about early interviews I did that talked about the series. I’m reposting one of those interviews today, conducted by Mason at Thoughts in Progress. If you’ve already read it, I apologize for the repeat, but when I reread it this morning it was a nice reminder that planning out a series well ahead of time truly has helped me keep all my writing on-track. Interview – April 9, 2014 (Thoughts in Progress–Interview Organized for Murder) Mason – How did you come to write a mystery featuring a protagonist who is an organization expert? Ritter: I was at an author signing once, before I started writing ORGANIZED Read more…

Contests to Win — Until the End of the Year!!

Fresh Fiction posts contests each month on a separate contest page. Authors run the gamut from mystery to adventure to romance, and on down to children’s lit. You can also find pages for reviews, events, and photos. Check out the current Contests page here– http://freshfiction.com/contests.php And at Fresh Fiction, my friend Traci Andrighetti is having a launch party for her soon-to-be released Limoncello Yellow. Go to this link to enter to win a $25 boutique gift card! Gemma Halliday is running a CONTEST on her author’s  Facebook, and it’s a good one. CONTEST every week until the end of the year. Once a week, Gemma draws a winner to receive a $15 gift card to Amazon.com. How do you enter? Easy! Just click the “Newsletter Signup” button at the top of her Facebook page (It looks like a paper airplane!). One newsletter subscriber wins each week! Here’s the link–  https://www.facebook.com/gemmahallidayauthor/app_15292600805412

7 Ways to Find Time to Write

I have a limited attention span—not because I can’t focus, but because there are so many things around vying for my attention. I have dings and rings and buttons and bells. The one thing I don’t have much of anymore are actual wall calendars showing me how much of the year has already flown by. It’s October people! We tend to have these epiphany moments about the time the back-to-school stuff hit the clearance tables and the Halloween frights fill the store aisles. But for writers, learning to schedule our time, ahead of the “OMG it’s the end of the year” slap, is key to success. I’m currently brainstorming the sequel to Counterfeit Conspiracies and actually writing the second book in my Organized for Mystery series. I look for time to write everywhere, and to make sure not to miss any opportunities in the day’s schedule. Here are a few tips to try: Read more…