Brian D. Ratty, a retired media executive and graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, also holds an honorary Master of Science degree. He and his wife, Tess, live on the north Oregon Coast, where he writes and photographs that rugged and majestic region. Over the past thirty years, he has traveled the vast wilderness of the Pacific Coast in search of images and stories that reflect the spirit and splendor of those spectacular lands. Brian is an award-winning historical fiction novelist, and has written numerous magazine articles about the Pacific Northwest.
Why I write
I write what I like to read, historical fiction rich with bold characters and powerful story lines. I shy away from gratuitous violence and descriptive sex; instead my stories portray adventure with vivid descriptions and believable plots. My goal is to whisk my reader away to another time, another place and another frame of mind… the results being a suspenseful and brisk read. Readers Wanted!
What I write
Writing and photography are much the same discipline: with photography you strive to craft an image worth a 1000 words. In writing, you work at creating a story worth a 1000 pictures. My writers creed; Imagine it, feel it, write it.
How I write-It’s all about discipline… I write in the mornings, edit in the afternoon and worry about what I wrote while trying to fall asleep. Once a chapter is completed, it’s given to my wife for her comments, corrections and guidance. When she is done, it's sent off to my story editor. When I get the completed chapter back, I read and approve, each and every correction made by my editor. Then it’s off to any experts that I might be using, i.e. weapons, horse, historical etc. When the manuscript is done, the last to give me input is one or two proof readers. It’s a long costly process… guess that’s why it takes me two years to complete a project!
Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
One of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen: the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. I thought I knew our maritime history, I was wrong! Wonderful information…fascinating story. 452 pages – 9 point type… ugh!
Iron Coffins by Herbert A. Werner
One of the most accurate accounts of submarine warfare aboard German U-boats during WWII... first-rate!
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
The master of the political thrillers, Forsyth knows how to spring a surprise... he has an incredible imaginative mind. Based on a true story. Historical fiction at it's best!
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
This whaling and survival story was the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick. I learned a lot from this book. The author has created a engrossing thriller from a centuries-old true tale.
Code Talker by Chester Nez
A fascinating look inside on of WWII's most closely guarded secrets. Gripping in its narrative... history at its best!
Churchill's Hour by Michael Dobbs
An insightful, thought-provoking portrait of one man's personal courage. Anyone who wants to know Churchill should read this!
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
A MUST READ for anyone interested in early photography and the culture of the American Indians. Fascinating!
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
This book is a treasure worth the hunt, whether you're a fan of history, art or military stories... a MUST READ!
News Flash... watched the movie... far fetched fiction... the book is better!
Lost in Shanghai-La
One of the greatest untold, true, yarns of WWII. Well written and researched, its the story of survival in the jungles of Dutch New Guinea in the closing days of the war. Drawn from interviews, Army documents, personal photos and mementos, it's an excellent read about not giving up.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The fascinating true story of the birth of flight. Well written and researched, this is a must read for anyone with the spirit of Americana. Filled with facts I didn't know!
Clementine by Sonia Purnell
Behind every great man there is a great woman - this is especially true of Winston Churchill. This is an splendid book about the times and life of Mrs. Churchill. She was one great lady!