Rita Hestand

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 15, 2011

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Beyond the Dream Catcher 10-01-2010 | Decadent Publishing

At nineteen, Katherine Hightower is orphaned in the Texas wilderness, with no one for company but her brother and the rough characters trying to eek a living out of the harsh landscape. With her parents lost to the fever, Katherine tries to run the Butterfield Stage Station as her folks had done. Beaten down with grief and endless grueling work, she wonders if things could get worse. And they do, when soldiers try to attack her. Her rescuer is an unlikely hero - a half breed prisoner.

Chase Rivers is on a mission to bring the woman who haunts his dreams back to his people. With the spell of the Shawnee's Shaman pushing them towards each other, Katherine and Chase succumb to the magic bond that will carry them through danger and doubt together. Will Katherine be able to accept her own mixed heritage? She must decide if her love for Chase and her belief in her own abilities can bring the vision of the Dream Catcher to fruition. If her love fails, the Shawnee people will perish.

Please describe your writing environment.

I write in my western decor bedroom, with horseshoes over my door, and a huge set of jail keys on my wall, along with John Wayne. I listen to music quite often beore, while, or after I write. I have a huge 52 inch TV in my bedroom that I watch tv on. My bedroom functions as my living space.

Please tell us your latest news!

Love Rules is coming out soon with Decadent Publishing

I'm working on a sequel to Beyond the Dream Catcher

Always Remember is coming out in April with Secret Cravings Publishing

Do you have a specific writing style?

Probably, I have a lot of family in most of my books, or the family is an important part of the hero or heroines life. I also believe that my hero should stand for good things and my heroine not be vain. I like things like honor, and respect and selflessness in my books. All this gives it style I would say.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. Writing is more than a careeer, its a way of life. It's part of a person's life most of the time, if they are a writer. It is a business, and one of the best careers in life.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

Almost all my characters are formed before I start writing, as I see it playing out in my mind like a movie. Rarely is anyone new added that I didn't expect to be there.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My husband, (bless his heart, gone now for 4 years) was my best supporter, in more ways than one. Not only did he do most of the cheerleading, he was there to help me build my first website. He was there to see my first cover. He was there to sneak read one of my books when I wasn't looking. He was there to cheer me on when I would get down. I miss him so much, words can't tell you how valuable that is to a writer or a wife.

Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.

No, I picked the title of the book. I take great pains to come up with titles that fit the book. When I first wrote the book, it was a simple western historical, but it became much more when I decided to add a paranormal element to it. Chapter three was the first chapter for a long time. Then when I added the paranormal element, I add two chapters to the beginning.

Since it centers around the whole theme y of a dream catcher and it was going beyond the normal beliefs, it was easy to find my title then.

Do you like to mix genres?

Not normally no. I mean in Beyond the Dream Catcher it was a historical western romance, when I came up with the paranormal element I realized that I had mixed the genres to some extent.

But the paranormal only made the story more interesting and gave it depth.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

Well, I've been in the writing business for a long time, since computers became of age and writers began working on and with the internet. But the very first book I had published is a story in itself. Some have probably heard it before, but for the ones that haven't. Pretend Mom had been critiqued by a new group I joined at the time and they were rather cruel in some of the treatment of that book. Suffice it to say they said it would never be published. It was the first book I published. I decided to pull it out and submit it, just in case they were wrong. My gut instinct told me they were. I was right.

You can't imagine the satisfaction on my face when I got an "e-mail" saying they wanted to publish it. Nor seeing one of these ladies at a meeting and she actually came to me and apologized.

I deserved that apology, after they had picked it apart so boldly. But it was published and still is today. Pretend Mom

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

It's a toss up between Antonio Banderas, and Jimmy Thomas, probably Antonio, I could go to RT conventions and meet Jimmy. But Antonio would probably be once in a life time. Why? Hmmm...that's pretty obvious, he's a hunk, and has a huge sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye and I've read about his causes too. I admire him greatly.

Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?

Other than my own, http://ritahestand.com

Yeah, of course, Decadent Publioshing for writers who want to climb the ladder of success, http://www.decadentpublishing.com

The Romance Studio, a great place to find authors and books. http://www.theromancestudio.com Night Owl Romance, http://www.nightowlromance.com, Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com All of these they can find authors, books, covers, blogs.

If your interested in self publishing go to http://www.smashwords.com and http://www.createspace.com two best places doesn't cost a dime to self publish it here either.

How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?

Decadent Pyblishing was one I had heard someone on the net talking about. They had nothing but good things to say and the cover was fantastic. So I visted the site, and loved what I saw. The site alone is gorgeous, which tells me they took the time to design it and do it right. It was no sloppy job. Then I listened to authors talk about how wonderful they were. I checked to see if those authors were doing well, they were. They were always excited when they talked about Decadent. So I submitted a book to them and they took it. Beyond the Dream Catcher came out in October and I have to tell you I couldn't be happpier with any publisher. And I've been with a few too. They are tops. They have a staff, a advertising budget and so active. This company is going places.

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