Maria Ritter is the author of four books, most recently The Golden Cup (2020), a modern folk tale about turning broken shards into golden opportunities. With vivid illustrations, The Golden Cup brings to life the story of Sieglinde, a young woman who embarks on an emotional journey to find her hidden gifts and her purpose.
In each of Dr. Ritter’s three books she uses storytelling to help her readers make sense of the world around them. The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale (2018) is an allegorical coming-of-age travel adventure that inspires thinking about good and evil, tolerance and acceptance while helping readers learn about the importance of valuing other cultures.
Return to Dresden, (2004), an autobiographical reflection on her childhood in Germany during and after World War II, is a healing memoir that confronts national guilt for the Nazi past. On the Path and Other Wanderings, (2015), is a collection of poems and stories on people, animals and encounters. These rhymes and musings, short stories and reflective memories can inspire others to search their own attics and archives of memory for keepsake treasures.
Dr. Ritter is a retired licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with a retired private practice for adults in La Jolla, California. She now lives in Austin, TX.