Today we have Rita Thedford, a new to me author that I know I'm going to love reading. The title of her latest book caught my eye. I'm sure it will yours!
PS...check down below about a giveaway!
Sit back and meet Rita:
1. What is the title of your latest release and what's it about?
My latest release is Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon with The Wild Rose Press. It's the first installment for their Wayback Texas Series with the Yellow Rose line of contemporary westerns. Blue Bug tells the story of sexy, sassy Gina Ballew who is just a tad intimidating to the fellas in this small Texas town. Yeah, she's been burned before, has sworn off men completely. That is until she meets Nash Logan. Nash, a bull rider and all around cowboy, is only in town for the weekly rodeo. Nope, he doesn't do one night stands but when luscious Gina saunters up to him at The Blue Bug Saloon, he knows he's a goner.
2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Umm...good question. Really, they just kind of pop into my brain and whirl around for awhile. Sometimes I'll hear a line from a song or read something in a magazine or newspaper and think...wow, that could be a good story. If the idea doesn't go away, keeps lingering there in my head, I'll go with it. And my, oh, my, I'm such a pantser. Sometimes I'll just take than little germ of an idea, sit at the computer and see what happens. Oddly enough, sometimes I'm really surprised. That's what makes the whole process interesting and who wants to do it if it's not FUN???
3. What is the hardest part of writing?
Man, that's easy. Lonelliness. Writing is a very lonely deal and almost always, it's just me and the story. Yeah, I'm surrounded by people who love me bunches and I have a great support group of family and friends but they aren't a part of what I do in my office every day and I certainly don't want to bore them with my writing struggles. It's hard for most people to understand what it's like. Technically speaking, the hardest part of writing is dealing with the very MIDDLE of a book. When you first jump into the writing of a story, excitement is running high, dialogue is snappy, sexy, and sweet. Then that dratted middle looms and I'm left thinking...sigh...what now??? For me, beginnings and endings are the easy part. That dang middle though is tough.
4. What authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
I've always been draw to the writing styles of Julie Garwood and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Their characters are so loveable and sweet and you find yourself cheering for them. And their HUMOR is fabulous. Speaking of humor, I can't forget the falling down funny Sandra Hill. Oh my gosh!!! There are just so many writers I've loved over the years. I have to say though, my personal friendships with other writers have meant the world to me. Remember that loneliness factor??? The friends I've made through my writing career help with that pesky problem a great deal. They understand the sollitary nature of writing and are quick to help, praise or give me a virtual kick in the rear if need be. I count among my closest writing friends, authors Alisha Paige, Tessa Rae, Judith Rochelle and Cindy Spencer Pape. They are the coolest chicks I know and I can't imagine getting through a single day without talking with at least one of them.
5. What's coming out for you in the near future?
Ummm...glad you asked that! My next book is called One Dependable Man, a contemporary western I wrote for the Yellow Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. Like most of my books, this story is funny, sweet, and very hot. It releases in e-book on Jan. 4 and in print on July 4 of 2008.
To learn more, check out Rita's website at ritathedford.com
You can purchase her ebook here.
Rita has generously donated to one lucky winner a copy of her ebook Hot Night at the Blue Bug Saloon. Post away and ask Rita a question. For everyone who asks a question, you are entered. I will announce the winner Sunday night!