Enjoy my interview I did with Rita Durett. A fellow WordWeaver and member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., Rita adds adventure and spice to her romances.
How long have you been writing?
17 years ago, on one of my days off, I sat down at a word processor—a fancy typewriter—and started writing. I had a story in my head that wanted to get out, and it did, in rough draft form. Then I went through a series of life altering events, including divorce and moving across state. I quit writing for about eight years. Circumstances brought me to Bartlesville. I began to associate with budding writers and that was all it took. I polished up “Keeping Secrets”, learned how to put it out in ebook form, bought a url and created my own web page. Of course “Keeping Secrets” wasn’t really publish-ready, but I didn’t know that until I started learning more about my craft.
What is the single most difficult part of writing for you?
Working out the details of the plot and getting it down in outline form. My imagination is somewhat lacking. Lol.
How many hours a day do you write?
I usually put in 2 or 3 hours a day writing or working on book covers or reading about the craft of writing. On weekends I might spend the better part of a day or even two.
What is the most important advice you have for someone who wants to be published?
Gather people around you who know their stuff—writers, editors, readers, etc. Make contacts. Ask questions. Learn what others are doing to be successful.
Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
They just hit me. I guess I’d say from life. I’ll remember something from my past, hear something, see a billboard or news article—that’s what motivated me to write “The Calypso Princess”. I saw an article about smuggling women for prostitution.
What do you like most about writing?
Getting lost in the fantasy. Living someone else’s life. That’s probably why my books have happy endings. I don’t want to be left in a bad place at the end of the story lol.
What do you like the least?
Editing. No question about it. I hate reading, reading again, and reading again, only to find I’ve still missed something. That’s why you need readers. People who enjoy your style of writing and will be honest with you. People who know how a story should flow and are detail oriented.
How long does it take you to finish a novel?
That depends on so many variables it’s hard to put a time on it. Like I explained, it took me years to finish “Keeping Secrets”, but I didn’t work on it for most of that time. I finished “Smugglers in Paradise” and “The Calypso Princess” in a year and that was during a school year. Motivation, inspiration, and availability of help makes a difference.
What message are you trying to give with your books?
My ultimate goal is entertainment; however most of my books tend to be Young Adult so there are usually life lessons woven throughout the plot.
Do you have any other books that will be coming out soon?
Yes, I do. I have a Young Adult, “Borrowed Time” with an editor right now. It is scheduled for release early next year. I also have a Young Adult, Jade’s Destiny” in the works. I have nearly 45,000 words done on it. My usual book length is about 65,000.
What are your other books and where can we find out more about your work?
My web site is: www.ritawritesromances.com On that web site you will find information about “Keeping Secrets”, “Smugglers in Paradise”, “The Calypso Princess”, and “Shades of Gray a Short Story Anthology”. I also have a facebook page at ritawritesromances.