One of my nominated contributors Pat Ritter does not have a blog, so I will post his contribution to the Liebster Award here.
11 Facts about me that is not well known:
1. Suffered from asthma (shortness of breath) from age three to six years.
2. Parents moved to country town of Roma so I could overcome the illness.
3. Attended Roma State Primary School from grade one to grade 6.
4. Met Jimmy Keegan in grade one and been friends every since.
5. Joined Boy Cubs at Roma.
6. First encounter with a policeman Constable Rollie Cole when eight years old, wanted to become a policeman since that meeting.
7. Years later when I was twenty-three years old I again met Rollie Cole when I was a policeman and thanked him for being him, he had a huge bearing on my career and life.
8. Met my wife-to-be in front of Cunnamulla Post Office a couple of days before my twenty-third birthday and ‘love at first sight’. My mother passed away only three days before we met and I actually thought my mother sent her blessings from heaven.
9. Always wanted to do the ‘right thing’ by others because my belief is ‘treat others how you would like to be treated with courtesy and trustworthiness and the same would be returned twenty fold.
10. I’ve always had an guardian angel sitting on my shoulder particularly when I was a policeman, especially when someone wanted one morning to shoot me with a M1 Carbine Rifle pointed directly at my forehead.
11. Throughout my life I’ve been lucky to have fallen in love with one person and know what it is to ‘love’, unfortunately she was taken from me too soon but now I have my children and grandchildren living next door on my property where Bub, I’m certain, looks down from above.
The 11 questions:
- What did you want to be when you were young?
A police officer, since the age of eight years it’s all I ever wanted to become. Life has been kind to me for I achieved this goal. Twenty years as a police officer, fifteen of those as a detective. My final year to establish ‘Crime Stoppers’ programme for Queensland Police Service until at 42 years of age I underwent a pacemaker operation. Twelve months later I retired on medical grounds.
- Kindle or real book and why?
Kindle. I absolutely love my kindle. Size, quality and number of books it holds is remarkable. Another reason is because I write and publish e-books.
- Looking over the last 10 years, what is one goal that you have achieved, and one that you have not achieved.
The past decade has been tough; my wife lost her fight with cancer. I’ve written a tribute on her life (click onto my website http://www.patritter.com.au and click on free book ‘In Remembrance of Bub’). Time seemed to stop, then her voice called to me from the grave to write. At the time of her passing I’d written and published about six books, now I’m working on my 15th.
- What are your plans for retirement? Will you travel and if so, to where and why?
I am retired, after the passing of my wife I decided to stop work and write full time. I’ve travelled throughout Australia and yearly go on a Christmas Tour with a local travelling tour.
- Who is your favourite poet and why?
Unfortunately I’m not into poetry. Don’t know why, have enough trouble writing stories.
- Name three words that describe your personality.
Happy – Willing to always help others – Honest & Trustworthy.
- What was your latest blog post about?
Unfortunately I don’t write a blog. Daily I post a page from a book I’ve written and published on a group ‘keeping up with my writing’ on FB.
- If you had to choose one place in the world where you would spend your remaining years, where would it be?
Here at Brooloo. I live on acreage with both my children and grandchildren. This is MY place to write and enjoy the remainder of my life.
- What’s your favourite genre to read?: science fiction, fantasy, comedy, romance, crime…?
Initially I started off reading fiction and enjoyed the variety of books I’ve read. When I wrote non-fiction I read many of these stories to help with my own writing. I read as many books as I can from various genres and different authors to place myself in their seat when they’re writing.
10. How many school friends are you still in touch with?
Possibly about five, one whom I’ve known since five years old.
11. The Internet – a good friend or a necessary evil?
Wonderful friend, actually I don’t know what I would do without the internet. From speaking with many friends on FB daily to searching Google for information about my next novel. Can’t live without it.
(Pat has not listed other authors he might ask to take part in this blog. Hopefully we can look forward to seeing more Aussie authors joining soon.)