Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Rita lives in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, Dan, and Mickey, the obligatory "writer's cat".
When I was growing up my father worked as a driller on oil wells--that meant our family was constantly on the move from town to town. When you're lonely, books are very good company. For me, the desire to write grew out of my enjoyment of the stories I read.
I began my first novel when I was 23. At the time I remember thinking that when an author had an idea for a book they just started writing, and it flowed out, chapter after chapter. I soon had a rude awakening! I actually completed the first chapter, but didn't know where to go from there. When I was 50 I decided that if I had a desire to write, then I'd better get serious about it and take some writing courses.
I've had my stories published in several magazines, including: The Western Producer, Mysterical-E, Green Prints and Columbia Magazine.
I've also completed four children's books, two of which have been published: Kelly's Baby Brother by Writers Exchange E-Publishing and Christmas Stars by Books Unbound.
Together with Hungarian author, Alex Domokos, I have assisted with his autobiography and the resulting book, entitled "The Price of Freedom", has been very well received. As well as having been published electronically, it will be available from The Fiction Works in early 2003 in print. It is currently being translated into German for release in 2003.
We've also published a speculative fiction entitled "Prometheus", a main stream novella entitled "Shades of Gray" and a collection of short Christian stories entitled "Ten Chocolates From the Box". We are currently working on a thriller set in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Published writer: Yes