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Multi-genre Author including illustrated children's stories.

Background Information

Rita lives in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, Dan. 

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.

In 1999 I was taking a writing class at the University of Winnipeg and the instructor approached me about assisting a Hungarian gentleman with his memoirs. I just love the stories that older people have to tell, so I phoned Alex and we agreed to meet in a Second Cup coffee shop to talk about it. We've been writing together ever since.

I've had my stories published in several magazines, including: Zygote, The Western Producer, Mysterical-E and Green Prints. Just recently I had a story accepted by Columbia Magazine. I've also completed four children's books.

Together, Alex and I have written his memoirs 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 June, 2002 in print. It is currently being translated into German for release in 2002 and has been presented to two movie studios for consideration.

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 wrote a thriller set in Winnipeg, Manitoba that was published by NeWest Press.  Body Traffic went on to be short-listed for the Margaret Laurence Book Award. 

Birth Place
New Westminster,  Canada

2001 Clara Award Winner for The Price of Freedom
2001 Dream Realm Award Short List;
Reviewers Choice Award;
LiFe Award Winner;
2002 Eppie Award Winner for The Price of Freedom
2002 Indie Award Short List;
2003 Eppie Award Short List for Christmas Stars
2006 Short-list for Margaret Laurence Book Award for Body Traffic

Additional Information

Our novel, Body Traffic, was short-listed for the Margaret Laurence Book Award! We have recently submitted the manuscript for the sequel - entitled Checkmate!

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