John Riddle

Freelance Writer, Author, Ghostwriter & Donut Eater

United States

I am the author of 34 books & have worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. My byline has appeared in major publications all across the U.S., and I have written articles for over 200 websites. Since 1996 I have been working out of my home office as a full time freelance writer, author, ghostwriter & donut eater.

In 2002 I launched "I Love To Write Day" as a grassroots campaign to have people of all ages spend time writing every November 15th. The first ILTWD was featured in USA Today, which helped put us on the map. Learn more at

Portfolio - Mental Health Treatment Resource Since 1986
The DAD Effect: Depression, Addiction, and Denial

It happens to the best of us. We are living life and enjoying every moment of it. Then suddenly things start spinning out of control and we wonder what happened. Where did our joy go? Why are we feeling this way? It does not matter where we grew up or went to school.

Southern Literary Review
"The Cape May Carving Tree," by John Riddle - Southern Literary Review

Essay by John Riddle On a recent trip to Cape May, New Jersey, I needed a few moments to get out of the sun. It was a hot and humid day, and the shade from three nearby trees was calling my name. As I stood beneath the center tree, I noticed there were about three [...]
How to Make Money Writing for School Library Publishers! by John Riddle

A great way to make a steady stream of income is to start writing for the School Library Publishing companies. Most freelance writers have not even heard about this untapped opportunity. But, those of us who already discovered them recognize the substantial opportunity they provide. I came across an ad online about 15 years ago. - Mental Health Treatment Resource Since 1986
How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

It is supposed to be the most "wonderful time of the year!" The holiday season-which seems to start earlier and earlier as the years go by-is filled with great music, good friends, and delicious food. - Mental Health Treatment Resource Since 1986
Holiday Stress: How to Cope

The holiday season is here, and if you listen carefully you'll hear more than just the sounds of "Silent Night" playing in the background. Those other sounds you hear may be the cries of stressed out shoppers, overwhelmed parents, sales clerks and children, who are overdosing on sweets and other holiday goodies. - Mental Health Treatment Resource Since 1986
Procrastination: Why We Do It and What It Says About Our Psyche

Long before the Internet, as we know it today, people have been procrastinating, and for many folks, it isn't a big deal. But according to research from the American Psychological Association, nearly 20% of US men and women are chronic procrastinators.
How to Start a Telehealth Business

Between the "graying of America" and the seemingly busy schedules of families these days, it's no wonder that the telehealth industry has been growing like never before. More than 20 million Americans received some type of remote medical care in 2017, and that number is projected to keep getting larger, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
401k Loans: Pros and Cons for Small Business Owners

It's not unusual to think about borrowing from your 401(k) plan when you run into a financial challenge. By some estimates, nearly 30 million Americans have tapped their retirement savings early, according to financial security expert Pamela Yellen, founder of Bank On Yourself. "The 401(k) has replaced our homes as our piggy banks.

Washington Post
Letting Them Eat Cake

As most parents know, raising children can be an adventure -- particularly at mealtimes. Nearly all children develop eating problems at one time or another -- from refusing to eat vegetables or liver to refusing to eat anything at all.
The Flying Nun, Oprah, and Me - by John Riddle

When I was 17 and a few months away from graduating HS in 1970, our family lived in public housing projects in Chester, PA. While watching an episode of "The Flying Nun" one night, I was intrigued by the closing credits that were dedicated to one of the writers who had passed away.