Rita Henuber

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: January 17, 2012

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Current Release: Under Fire

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver and DEA agent Rico Cortes team up to become a powerful drug lord’s worst nightmare in Under Fire. A thriller filled with revenge and romance.

What was your childhood ambition?

To fly Navy jets

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

I love late afternoon on the beach. Something about how the light changes the sky and the color of the water. There's always a breeze and for me it even smells different.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

Air. Shrug. These kind of questions are hard for me to answer because it's been my experience that you can live without anything. Enjoy what you have while you have it because it can be taken away from you.

Where do you want to travel?

I’m fortunate to have traveled and lived many places in my life. The places I’ve yet to visit are those on the State Departments DO NOT TRAVEL list or has warnings. Heavy sigh.

What main genre do you write in?

Suspense / Mystery

Please describe your writing environment.

I have a rather large office. One complete side is windows looking out onto a small wooded area, which here in Florida means tropical plants, palms, lemongrass, wild philodendron, banana trees, citrus trees, ferns, and bougainvillea. The area is also a haven for raccoons, and possums, and armadillo. Another wall is glass doors that open out to a screened pool deck. The other two walls are lined with books, photos, computers, printers, the usual writer accoutrements. I feel like I'm outside when I open all the doors and windows. I live on an island and East to West the water is within two blocks of me. I can go to the beach in the morning and watch the sunrise and sit on the dock in the evening and watch it set. Life is good.

What are you working on?

A secondary character from Under Fire will have her own hot romance with a younger man.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

My road was a little bit different than most. I decided that I was going to write a romance novel took a romance writing class and discovered you had to have a plot, goal, motivation, and finaled in three. Entered the Golden Heart. The January after I entered the Golden heart I began querying agents. March I was notified I was a finalist in the Golden Heart. By the end of May I'd been offered representation from four agents and I signed with mine in June. Three months later romantic suspense lost its favor with editors. It was another year before I sold this book. I sent out 43 query letters and got some rejections even after I'd signed with an agent. Obviously my agent and I also received rejections from editors. If I remember correctly from the time I started writing to the time I signed a contract was right around three years.

What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging

All of the above. Each way has its own appeal. Finding the time to engage is the difficult part.

What is the best thing about being an author?

The people I meet

I love romantic suspense with strong heroines which is why I wrote Under Fire. If you enjoy reading about extraordinary women and the men who love them, you'll love Under Fire.

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