Rita Delude, author of “At First Sight” in Craving: One Night Anthology stopped by today for a mini interview and an in deeper peek into her story.
- Do you consider writing a gift or a curse? Being a writer is a gift because not everyone can write well enough to entice complete strangers to read their words. Being a writer is a curse because it’s a sedentary career, and since I’ve started writing full time, I’ve gained weight. But much like dark chocolate, I love it.
- What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment I ever received as a writer was when a reader of my contemporary romance book, Kaleidoscope, was so inspired by the book in which Alice, the protagonist, opens a quilting studio, that she created a quilted wall hanging that looks like a kaleidoscope of fabrics. My words inspired her art. I was so thrilled for both of us.
- How old were you when you have your first kiss? I was twelve when I had my first kiss. We were playing spin the bottle at a birthday party chaperoned only by an older sister. There were no parents in sight. My mom would have “killed me” if she knew. The couple who got picked went to a closet and kissed. I still remember it even though it was a very innocent touching of lips to lips. It thrills me still to think about, even though I can’t even remember the boy’s name.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the “good” or “bad” ones? Yes, I read my book reviews. I bask in the good ones. If the “bad” ones have suggestions of what I should have done, I try to incorporate that into my future writing. Then, I move on. You can’t please everyone in writing or in life. I feel the same about rejection letters. I take the advice of the publisher and work to improve every day.
- Do you prefer traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks and why? I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve pretty much given up on print books; I love my Kindle. I can adjust the print size, take it everywhere, and purchase books at a low cost. Yet, I’m always listening to audio books, too, especially when I quilt and drive.
To learn more about this amazing author, visit her website at: https://ritadelude.wixsite.com/mysite
Rita also gave us an in depth look in her story At First Sight from Craving: One Night…
When I first heard the theme for Craving: One Night, I was excited because I believe in “love at first” and “happily ever after.” Many years ago, I fell in love with my husband on our first date—a blind date. I knew that very first night that he was the one I’d spend the rest of my life with. And I have.
Just a simple tip of a cap or an intense look, as Matthew gives to Julia when they enter an airplane can be the spark that starts a love affair. Also, Julia’s sensation of being “home” and safe when they first hold hands is what I remember of my “one night,” so I worked those feelings into a romantic story set on a cruise ship.
Adding humor to my work is something I normally do, so for this story Julia and Matthew take part in the Entertainment Director’s version of an old TV show called The Dating Game where a lady picks a date by asking questions of three potential gentlemen and without seeing what they look like. You may laugh at some of the crazy answers the guys create to impress Julie.
Here’s a snippet of humor from “At First Sight” from Craving One Night from just as The Dating Game begins:
“Folks, welcome Julia, here all the way from frigid Nashua, New Hampshire. But you’re never cold on a Leisure Line Cruise in the Caribbean.”
The applause was deafening.
Here goes, she thought, and read the first question in a voice that she used to get everyone’s attention at meetings. People hushed.
She so wished she could wear a sign that read: “I did not create these questions!”
“Bachelor Number One, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”
Bachelor Number One: “I’d be a banana, so we could have some fun peeling me.”
The audience roared.
“Bachelor Number Two, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”
Bachelor Number Two: “I’d be a strawberry, so you could suck its juices while drinking champagne and having the pleasure of both tastes in one.”
The crowd laughed.
“Bachelor Number Three, same question, please.”
Bachelor Number Three: “I’d be a long, wide zucchini to mix with your freshest salad until you were wild with desire.”
The viewers were raucous.
Julia blushed. Two more questions to go and she could escape. Relax. You’re here to have fun.
“Bachelor Number One, if you could take me on a first date to anywhere, where would it be and why?”
I hope you enjoy “At First Sight,” and I wish you your own special “one night” with someone to love.
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