Author Interview with John H. Ritter by Carrie Pauling (Brodart's PRIME, March 2007)
"I fill my books with moral questions—from the genesis of bigotry to the definition of success—because these are things we need to think about, as children and adults," says Ritter. Both The Boy Who Saved Baseball and Under the Baseball Moon are discussed in more depth.
"Ahoy, You Crazy Dreamers": A Conversation with John H. Ritter by Vicki Sherbert (The ALAN Review, Winter 2007)
"John H. Ritter, the author, revealed how the passion, pain, and purpose of John H. Ritter, the person, has brought depth and richness to the stories he writes. He shared with frankness his feelings about the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he told me how writing stories of hope helped pull him from depression and despair." —Dr. Vicki Sherbert
Writing with Rhythm and Style (Baker & Taylor's Librarian's Newsletter, October 2006)
In this interview, John H. Ritter tells how his love of the rhythms of language originated and talks about his stylized method for incorporating them into his prose.
"Baseball's Life Lessons" by Holly Atkins (St. Petersburg Times, November 2003)
"So much more than a baseball writer, Ritter's work resonates with themes that touch us all: the power of the human spirit, the ugliness of discrimination, the struggle to come to know and believe in who you are."
—Holly Atkins (middle school teacher)
"One Voice in a Million: A YA Novelist and His Editor Speak Out on Voice" by Kelly Milner Halls (An interview excerpt from Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, 2002 Edition)
John H. Ritter and his editor, Michael Green, answer questions on voice: How is it mastered? What makes one writer’s voice more spellbinding than the next? "Open your minds and your spirits to two of the finest professionals in the young adult universe, as they explore the wonders and weaknesses of a writer’s most intimate tool—the authorial voice." —Kelly Milner Halls
"What Starts the Story Working" by Teri Lesesne (Teacher Librarian, 2001)
Dr. Teri Lesesne of Houston State University asks John about his source for ideas, the benefits of his Writer-in-Residence program, and what he hears from his readers.
"More than Just Sports Novels" by Chris Crowe (ALAN Review, Spring/Summer 2000)
After the publication of Choosing Up Sides and Over the Wall, Dr. Chris Crowe of the Brigham Young University English Department had a chance to talk with John H. Ritter about his life, his books, his views on sports literature, and a whole lot more.