1) Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve been writing full-time fifteen years, but until three years ago I focused on nonfiction because that avenue of writing is easier to gain regular paychecks more quickly. My goal, however, was always to create my own fiction series. The Bodies of Art Mysteries are my “running away from home” writing, as I get to put my characters in all my favorite places, and get to brainstorm wonderful locations and research favorite art masterpieces as part of my day’s work. And get my characters in and out of a lot of trouble.
2) What inspired you to start a writing career?
I don’t think you choose writing—writing chooses you. I was always an eclectic reader, finishing more than 200 books each year. But I always scribbled stories and scenes of my own. I didn’t try to write full-time until my daughter was in school. Then, between freelance nonfiction work and my creative fiction, my writing really took shape and a career.
3) Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?
Counterfeit Conspiracies is the first book in the Bodies of Art Mysteries. The second book in the series, Marked Masters, is also available and published by Henery Press. The third book, Abstract Aliases, comes out this fall.
4) Why did you choose mystery as a genre?
It’s my favorite genre to read, so naturally it was the best fit when I began working on stories of my own. I’ve always been a voracious reader, so mysteries aren’t the only thing I read, but they are the only genre I write.
5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Read, read, read. And read contemporary works. While I’ve always enjoyed reading books from other decades, earlier styles aren’t necessarily as marketable as the styles of titles from the mid-1990s and on. Reading what is selling now will make a new author’s work more likely to be accepted by readers and a Publisher.
About the Book
Author: Ritter Ames
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Her father gambled and womanized his way through the family fortune before skiing off an Alp, leaving her with more tarnish than trust fund. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.
The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis. Unfortunately, he seems to know where the bodies are buried—and she prefers hers isn’t next.
Ritter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Organized Mysteries series and the Bodies of Art Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite yellow lab to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. Ritter would love to live on a boat and write from far flung locations around the globe, but the dog would constantly have to be fished from the water, and her husband and cat would just complain endlessly about the dog’s smell, so staying on land seems to be the only good option to keep her sanity and not get sidetracked from writing.
Ritter tries to blog regularly at http://ritterames.com/ and subscribe there to get the latest news about upcoming releases, and inside scoops on her characters and series. She uses her Pinterest boards at http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books. You can find her Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks and Follow her on Twitter @RitterAmes.
Website & blog: www.ritterames.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ritter-Ames/e/B00I78AQEW/
Twitter handle: @RitterAmes
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