“When I was still new to writing, I felt like my style was too different and wouldn’t connect… Then I picked up a book from my local bookstore that was written in a style I found similar to my own. That book gave me the confidence to embrace how I wanted to write and the stories flowed from there.”
What’s something that you’re working on right now, or that you’ve been a part of in the last year that excites you?
I am currently editing my next novel, a Paranormal fiction called “The Reanimation of Robert.” I am so excited for its release and for everyone to “meet” the main character. He has been one of my favorite characters to write, his transformation has been a lot of fun. The cover is done by the amazing Char Houweling, who also did the artwork for my Fantasy novel “Myth.”
What to you makes good storytelling come alive?
- I think there is power in the details. I love it when an author tells me more than just what a character can see or smell or hear about a setting. Something seemingly insignificant like the mood the light creates or the texture of a piece of furniture can provide authenticity to a description and truly transport us there.
- When I was still new to writing, I felt like my style was too different and wouldn’t connect with anyone. It was difficult to work on my stories, feeling like I couldn’t be myself. Then I picked up a book from my local bookstore called “A Red Heart of Memories” that was written in a style I found similar to my own. That book gave me the confidence to embrace how I wanted to write and the stories flowed from there.
- I used to struggle making huge changes during my editing, afraid to delete all those words I spent so much time creating. Now I have a separate file where I keep cut/deleted scenes or chapters “just in case” I need to go back and reference them. I find that it gives me more confidence to make substantial (and usually, very needed) story changes when I know all my hard work is not gone forever.
They are small enough to fit in your bag and have the power to transport you to a different time or place…I’d say they are fantastic companions!
Do you have any pets?
I have one dog, an Irish Terrier named Arthur Pendragon Ritch.
He is all personality and didn’t really grow out of his puppy stage until he about six years old!
Erin Ritch is an author, mom, and the founder of No Wyverns Publishing. Growing up inspired by storytelling in all its forms, she began writing at eleven-years-old and holds a degree in English Literature. She went on to study Film at the Vancouver Film School, where the script for her dark comedy Neighborhood Watch was chosen for production. Erin lives on her family’s fledgling farm in rural Oregon with her husband, two daughters, and a chicken named Dana Scully.
- No Wyverns Publishing website: http://nowyverns.com/
- Erin’s website: http://erinritch.com/
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ErinRitchAuthor/
- Twitter: @Eritch324
- Instagram: @NoWyvernsPublishing
- Links to work:
- Myth: https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Erin-Ritch-ebook/dp/B01HAM30L6
- The Quinn Family Adventures: https://www.amazon.com/Quinn-Family-Adventures-Mayan-Ruins-ebook/dp/B017GGWYYA
- Memories Wait Alone: https://www.amazon.com/Memories-Wait-Alone-Erin-Ritch-ebook/dp/B00MKCWL4Y
- No Wyverns Short Story Collection Volume One: https://www.amazon.com/
Wyverns-Publishing-Short- Fiction-Collection-ebook/dp/ B075K9G7LS