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Beyond the Western
Rich Ritter

Beyond the Western Bio. of Rich Ritter

RICH RITTER discovered a passion for writing during his tumultuous high school years. This zeal was consumed by technical writing during his lifelong profession as an architect until the age of 49, when he began work on his first novel.

Ritter was born in Iowa, raised in the social cauldron of Southern California, completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree (Cal Poly SLO) in Denmark, and has lived in Alaska more than 40 years.

He has travelled the world in search of adventure including East Berlin, Russia, the British Isles, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Southern Africa, Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the United States, particularly the west. His fascination of Silver City, Idaho inspired him to write Nor Things to Come: A Trilogy of the American West, an endeavor that consumed five years of historical research and writing. Ritter is the author of five books including Toil Under the Sun: A Novel, and Heart of Abigail: A Lyric Novella of Juneau, Douglas and Treadwell_.

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Rich Ritter

Roshan Kuznetsov / Genre: General Fiction

Rich Ritter

Roshan Kuznetsov, stinking of skinned sea otter and three months of unwashed tromping through the rainforests and waterways of Baranov Island, loitered unreasonably close to the polished double-B-flat tuba. The distorted reflection of his bearded, unwashed face just beneath the flared bell of the tuba amused him, and reminded him that he had once again returned safely from the wilderness of bear and spruce to the booming metropolis of New Archangel. When he tired of playing with his reflection, he switched his attention to the man holding the heavy instrument. He found the dark blue uniform, the odd hat with no flaps for the ears, the golden-fringed epaulets, and polished knee-high black boots quite amusing. Roshan swung behind the man to investigate the neatly-trimmed back of his head, and then continued around to his other side where another man stood at attention brandishing a shiny trombone. Read the full story HERE>>

The Hornet’s Nest / Genre: Civil War

by Rich Ritter

Manfred Herrmann slouched against the crinkled bark of an ancient hickory tree at the verge of a dense grove not far from the western shore of the Tennessee River and nudged the luminous petals of a fire pink with a black-powder-smudged finger. He twisted the fragile green stem between thumb and finger to spin the jagged tips of the petals against his palm, and briefly enjoyed the gentle touch of the scarlet flower. Read the full story HERE>>