Author Spotlight: Reba A. Ritchie
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Formally I have a Bachelor of Media (in Writing) majoring in Journalism and creative fiction. Like most writers, however, I have been writing short stories and poetry since I was a child. Since University I have had a number of feature articles published in magazines. Hosts of Erravilla is my first published novel.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
When I was writing features at University.
Tell us a little more about Hosts of Erravilla and what inspired the story idea:
I had had many storylines floating around in my mind for a few years before I started writing Hosts of Erravilla. To be honest, it was upon finishing reading the Twilight saga for the third time (eek!) and feeling quite disgruntled about the ending and the way the relationships played out in the series that inspired me to write my own novel. I decided to sit down and have a go at writing my own love triangle with an outcome I was more satisfied with. Two‐and‐a‐half months later I had written the first draft of Hosts.
The central character April Falls is an Australian journalist desperate to make her mark on the world while also dealing with personal tragedy. After being given the opportunity to interview a young British movie star, April moves to England and is transported into a world she previously thought was unattainable—a blossoming career, new family and a new reality. But things aren’t as glistening as they first appear, are they?
April discovers a set of enchanted rings, which send her reality and choices spinning out of control. To an extent, she is no longer able to be with the one she wants to be with and is forced to be with another, especially when all of their lives are in danger. April is also haunted by some dark skeletons from her past and decisions she made as a teenager. During the story April must choose to overcome the issues she has developed as a result of the tragedies and outcomes that have befallen her ‐ before they eat her heart and soul. To be happy in the long term, April must decide to leave the past behind her and accept the good circumstances that are now bestowed upon her, even if they are not always her own choice.
What was the biggest challenge in writing April’s story?
To adapt and create her own personality and not write from my heart! I had to change many characteristics about April’s character during the editing process so that she didn’t remind me of myself so much!
What character trait will most endear April to your readers?
April is a survivor and is very determined to achieve the things she sets her heart upon.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
My novel is Women’s Fiction with Romantic Elements and some mystery. I like that this genre is different to a straight Romance genre as the storyline is driven more by a separate plotline than by the romantic plotline itself. Hosts of Erravilla is probably more of a literary fiction novel than a straight romance novel. I found this kept my own interest more, as I had several elements to focus on, not just the romance side of the story.
What’s next for you?
I am three‐quarters through writing the sequel in the Keys to Erravilla series and am enjoying writing an entire new set of characters and building on the storyline from book 1. There will be three books in total.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
Karen McDermott’s The Visitor
What advice would you give your 16‐year‐old self?
Keep striving for the top!
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
I find it easiest to write from memories that I am using to recreate a scene in my book – such as a place I have been to. I find it the hardest to write about the emotional struggles my characters are going through – such as indecisiveness or their future direction.
Favourite travel experience?
Riding on the back of a Yamaha R1 motorcycle through the Italian and Swiss Alps during winter time and having the most amazingly thrilling time – not to mention the snow‐capped views and the gorgeous Italian guy taking me for the rides! (Even more dreamy that he couldn’t speak a word of English).
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Visit Egypt.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? Milk!
Red, white, bubbly? Red!
Salty or sweet? Sweet!
Beach or mountains? Beach.
Give or receive? Give.
About the Author:
Reba A. Ritchie was born in 1982 and lives in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. She is a busy mother of three boys and works full‐time for a State emergency department. Reba has a keen interest in travel, soccer, history and music. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Media (in Writing).
Hosts of Erraville
Reba A Ritchie
Will the past and present hosts of Erravilla help to heal April’s past and hold the keys to unlocking her future? Hosts of Erravilla is an enduring journey of self‐discovery, love and forgiveness.
April Falls is a fresh Australian journalist desperate to make her mark on the world as an author, while dealing with the sudden death of her fiancee. Battling with the ghosts of her past from choices she made as a teenager and a seemingly ill‐fated existence, April’s life presents her with the opportunity to interview a young British movie star.
Moving to England to trail the sensation at his homestead, Erravilla, April finds herself co‐existing in a world she once thought untouchable. Living amongst a new family and reality, April’s career is also launched to new heights, until she discovers that she is entwined in a sinister plot against the current hosts of Erravilla.
After finding a journal and a mystical set of rings at the house which send her life and heart spinning further out of control, April must triumph over time to discover herself and love all over again, learning from the mistakes of those living past and present, to fight for the lives and futures of those she cares for most.
“Hosts of Erravilla is not a book one easily takes a break from. Reba A. Ritchie captivated me with her creativity in this beautifully written story. Hosts of Erravilla is a delightful story filled with romance, intrigue and drama about a group of people who rediscover themselves, while learning that love and forgiveness will bring them closer, and trust can heal that loving bond.” – Michelle Stanley, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars