I’d like to congratulate Rita on her new release, Dangerous Associations!
Rita and I met in a marketing group for authors on Goodreads, and I’m glad I was able to meet such a wonderful author. Rita has agreed to answer some interview questions for me, which I am pleased to share with you.
Gina: I’d love to know what inspired you to write Winston – A Horse’s Tale. I really enjoyed seeing the horse’s perspective.
Rita: I wanted to write from the horse’s point of view – to try and explain why horses sometimes do the things they do. Once I started there were so many stories about other horses that the book almost wrote itself. Although it’s very horsey and written for people who are really in to horses, it’s the book I had to write and I had so much fun doing it.
Gina: What inspired you to write Missing in Egypt?
Rita: A holiday in Egypt. What a wonderful place to set a mystery! Egypt is amazing – very different to anywhere else in the world. It is easy for my readers to believe that secret tombs exist, when they are still regularly being discovered. . The great thing about Egypt is that most of the temples are still standing, unlike other countries where only a few rocks remain. The Valley of the Kings impressed me the most. It is totally isolated and feels as if time has stood still.
There is also a Large Print version of Missing in Egypt.
Gina: Do you own any horses now?
Rita: Unfortunately not.
Gina: What is your favorite style of riding?
Rita: Australian style – just hacking around! I love to watch show jumping and become very involved, taking each jump with the horse and rider. Although dressage is a wonderful discipline for horse and rider, especially for show jumping, I sometimes think the riding style is over-exaggerated and I feel sorry for horses that are never able to enjoy anything else.
Gina: How did you get started with interviewing authors on your website?
Rita: I did a couple of interviews myself and that made me interested in doing my own. I’m always looking for new authors to interview, so if anyone is interested they can contact me through my website at www.ritaleechapman.com
Gina: What advice to you have for aspiring writers who have not published yet?
Rita: Just do it! Self-publishing is a great option if you aren’t picked up by a publisher and it is nice to make all the decisions yourself regarding your own work. Make sure you edit, edit, edit – it’s very hard to see your own mistakes and so easy to see those of others!
Gina: Do you have a favorite place to write?
Rita: I type straight on to my computer, so I find the study is the most comfortable place to be. Although I have a laptop and can take it outside and sit by the pool, the bright sunlight makes it very hard to see the screen.
Gina: Thank you so much for your time, Rita. It’s a pleasure to learn more about you.
Rita: Thank you Gina for giving me the opportunity to connect with your followers. Here are the links for my books:
As always, thank you for reading,