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All About Boots

Rita writes sexy romantic suspense novels and women's fiction that center around strong heroines. She has lived in several states and traveled extensively outside the US. She resides on a barrier island on the east coast of Florida.

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Rita's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Boots

Age:
yes

GH Year(s)
2009

Completed Manuscript(s)
2

Genre(s):
Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction

Started Writing:
I’ve been a story teller since I could talk. As a child I put on ‘productions’ for the entertainment of my large extended family. Writing began in high school. Wrote a play for the history class to perform for the school. Wrote some other things that no one saw-wish I had them now. Then nothing until about three years ago.

Day Job:
I write full time

For Fun:
Rassel gators

Blog Posts from Rita

Spin a story in thirty words or less.

Okay I had this really nice craft post all planned and —yawn— it was boring. So now, this is what you get. A writing exercise. In my weird writing world, I take a picture and attempt to tell the story about it in as few words as possible. Why? Crafting a story in as few […]

YOU MAY BE A WRITER IF:

YOU MAY BE A WRITER IF:   You go to work in your PJs. GMC means something different than a vehicle. You buy chocolate in bulk. You’re at a restaurant brainstorming/plotting and a guy comes to your table, shows you his badge and wants to know who you’re plotting to kill. You visit the White […]

Character Flaws

  Simplistically, a Character Flaw is what keeps your character from moving on. You, the author, have them figure out this flaw isn’t working for them. They make the change and this becomes the character arc. I feel a character’s flaw draws me into their world. Phew! I’m a little nervous talking about this because it’s a subject […]

He Said, She Said

I’m going to talk about Guy Speak in romance books. It drives me bonkers to read dialogue that has a man speaking like a woman.  Y chromosomes express themselves differently therefore, their dialogue is going to be different.   Taking it down to the very basics: male and female brains are hardwired different. Nothing you […]

The Mind of a Writer

The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing: isolated, neurotic, caffeine addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, soul-crushing inadequacy. And, that’s on a good day. If  you watched the Academy Awards, you heard Robert De Niro read this as an intro to the screenwriter’s award. If you […]

AN AUTHOR’S GMC

Like successful books, successful writers have Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. Think about it. Writers are no different from the characters we set up in stories. We have our goals, the reason why we want to achieve those goals and we have internal and external conflict preventing us from reaching those goals. As authors, we want […]

Industry Terms and Acronyms – A Ruby Reprise

Sometimes we rattle off industry terms and acronyms and forget not everyone knows what they mean, so I’ve listed a few. Category or Series Romance-  Books issued under a common imprint/series name that are usually numbered sequentially and released at regular intervals, usually monthly, with the same number of releases each time.  When a new […]

Authors On Writing

Thoughts on writing from authors I thought you would enjoy. Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way. ~ Eileen Caddy If […]

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