A native of Springfield, Missouri, Tim Ritter discovered writing and public speaking early in life. By age 13, he had written two children’s adventure books, several plays and cre
ated his own comic strip. He also discovered he liked being on stage, and how people tended to listen when he spoke into a microphone. Continuing writing in college, Tim began to experiment with poetry. Over the next 30 years, he recorded his deeply personal thoughts and experiences which ultimately became his first published book, Soul Sketches, which was re-released in 2020 as a second edition featuring a mix of poetry and short stories.
Throughout his professional career as a mechanical engineer, Tim wrote technical articles for national trade magazines and was the featured speaker at seminars across the country.
Upon becoming a Civil War reenactor in 1999, he began writing about his experiences on and off the battlefield, a collection of which was published in 2013 in his book Cooter Up! Adventures of a Civil War Reenactor.
His newest book, a work of creative nonfiction entitled Sarah Burning is planned for release in October 2021.
Now retired, Tim lives outside Fair Grove, Missouri, with his wife Lisa, writing full time and speaking to civic groups and organizations on a variety of topics. He is a board member of the Douglas County Historical Society as well as the Springfield Writers Guild, and is a member of the Christian County Historical Society, Ozarks Genealogical Society, and the Poe Studies Association.