Ritch Gaiti, author, artist, and an alumnus of Wall Street, has written novels, screenplays and many magazine articles and has been featured on national radio and TV, including an appearance on the Today Show. Ritch focuses on telling compelling stories and writes in several genres from humor to drama, both non-fiction and fiction. DUTCHING THE BOOK is his first venture into quasi-fiction and is a tribute to the people who really lived it.
Ritch Gaiti’s published books:
· DUTCHING THE BOOK (February, 2012) A NYC fireman schemes a way to beat the track in an American classic of four lifelong friends, betrayal, gambling, romance and the best horseplayer to ever play the game.
· TWEET, (Sedona Editions, 2011), humorous fiction about one average guy who changes the world because he didn’t know that he couldn’t. Recently, Tweet, has been optioned for a feature film.
· POINTS: WOMEN HAVE THEM, MEN NEED THEM (Running Press, 2008), a humorous non-fiction relationship book (under the pseudonym I. Glebe).
He is also a recognized artist focusing on depicting the ethereal west in another time, another place. He exhibits across the U.S. in several galleries and museums. His artwork can be viewed on www.gaiti.com <http://www.gaiti.com> .
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We had the pleasure to get a chance to interview Ritch and learn more about him. Ritch is one who likes to write in more then one genre and tell the story from his point of view. Please sit back and grab a warm mug of your favorite beverage and give a warm welcome to Ritch!
- What makes for a good hook in your stories? Where does your inspiration come from?
- Real subjects and real people. Interestingly, my inspiration comes from a specific subjects that interest me. I am an eclectic writer—that is, I don’t focus on a single genre or subject…I write best about whatever turns me on. In the case of Dutching the Book—that was a story I had been wanting to tell my whole life. I knew the players and some of the schemes that the pulled of were rule bending and changed horse racing.
2. Are you an organized writer? Do you do things like take notes and make lists of characters? Or do you free write and work it out as you go? Very organized but thought s come from anywhere at anytime. The hard part is recording a thought that has nothing to do with what I am writing at the moment—and not lose it when I get to where it applies. Yet I write freely and apply my organization as I go—so the work product is in a constant state of change.
3. What is your normal writing day like? Do you write when you are inspired or do you have a schedule? Nothing specific but I find that I write best in the morning–(after coming up with great thoughts at 3am when I am totally relaxed).
4. Who is your favorite author and how did they inspire you to write? Harold Robbins—I just got taken into his adventures.
5. It’s easy to see that you have a passion for writing but is there any part of it you don’t like?Interestingly, it never ends. No matter how many drafts I write, another pass yields a better product. I love writing, I don’’t like marketing—too time consuming.
6. Do you make time to read and if you do what are you reading right now?I don’t read much—on vacation, perhaps and if I need to learn about something.
7. How did you get started in writing about tweeting and also about Dutching the book? Is there personal life experience in the writing?I wrote TWEET, because it expresses how the individual has little control over the commercial world. Big companies inundate us with advertising and marketing and don’t take our phone calls. It isn’t about Tweeting, contrary to the title. DUTCHING THE BOOK, is a story I wanted to tell for a long time. I knew the people involved and I interviewed them (over a bottle of vodka)–got great material.
8. Your books have been published with Amazon.com, Does this mean you see the publishing industry headed this way?Seems like they are the 800 pound gorilla. Certainly they are absorbing market share. I wouldn’t bet against them!
9. Do you have any online sites where others can read more of your writings? http://www.Ritchgaiti.com had my books and http://www.GaitiPOV.com is my blog. Ps: http://www.Gaiti.com is my painting site.
10. Do you have any more stories in the works? What kinds of stories do you plan to write next? A book called UP THE CORP, a satire on how to climb the corporate ladder. Funny, yet true.
11. Who would be your first choice to play Ben from your book “Dutching the book”?Matt Damon should play Ben and Ben Affleck should play Sandy—a great place for a reunion! Perfect!!
12. If you could meet anyone from any time who would it be and what would be your first question? Leonardo DaVinci— on how he approached so many different disciplines and executed with the same degree of excellence