These stories kind of crept up on me. I prefer writing poetry or essays, but then, over the years, along came ideas which wouldn't bend those ways I preferred. Instead, they dictated their own course, and I came to have considerable affection for them as well as respect for what they insisted on. Short stories seem sturdy to me, resolute and independent. I like those qualities in people, and I like them in fiction. I hope you will, too. Lora
LOCAL AUTHOR PENS NEW BOOK ON HUMAN NATURE by Crystal Herder
Ottawa Herald, March 27, 2012
In an upstairs room surrounded by row upon row of books and artifacts from her many travels, Lora K. Reiter sits contemplating her next written work. Light from a small window overlooking Hickory Street streams across the Ottawa woman and the desk where she writes.
Reiter, a former Ottawa University professor and author of four books, recently published her fifth, The Sail Buggy and Other Short Stories. Focused on the intricacies of human nature, the work consists of thirteen short stories. The Sail Buggy explores "how apparently unremarkable people can reveal the humor, anger, despair, and joy of daily life."
Inspired by her mother, Lora D. Reiter, who was also a writer, Reiter said she has been writing all her life. She said her latest book is a work of fiction about people she has observed today as well as bits from her [personal] and from national history. Reiter said she is proud of the book because of its variety of stories.
"I've always been interested in what people are motivated by and how they make their way through the stress of daily life, so most of my characters are very ordinary people
who laugh and suffer. Some are strong believers. Others are atheists," Reiter said, and often their struggles test their convictions in that sense.
Reiter said she finds extraordinary the courage some people are able to manifest in the face of hardship--and such people are those whom she enjoys creating. All the stories--but one--have tests which bring insight and change to the characters' lives.
"We are an unending source of ideas, of emotions, whether that's hatred or fear, consuming love or anger or humor. It's all in us and our relationships," she explained of the human nature represented in her book.
This book, as well as others she has written, is intended to appeal to an adult audience.
Not all the stories are simple. Reiter said she thinks it's their complexities that make them interesting.
At 73, Reiter may be retired from teaching, but she said she's not planning on retiring from writing. She said she expects her next book of personal essays to be published sometime in 2013.
Reiter's other works include a novel, One Was Annie, two books of poetry, Snake in the Cradle and Teaching Fences, and a book of essays, Animals Galore and Love Unconditional.
The books are available on Amazon.com or through Reiter at email@example.com.