Wife and mother of 6, Rita Peterson is an ambitious woman. Along with enjoying time with family, she spends her time reading, writing, homeschooling, maintaining a small hobby farm, and sharing knowledge on her YouTube channel, Everything Homemade.
Rita loves to laugh and live life to the fullest on her property in northern Alberta, Canada.
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Tell me about yourself. What got you started writing?
I’m a wife and mother to 6 children. I reside in northern, Alberta, Canada, and live a very busy fulfilling life. I’m a self-motivated individual with a passion to never give up no matter how hard it gets! I believe you can achieve what seems to be impossible with hard work and determination.
This is how I’ve learned to overcome dyslexia and make my dreams of writing come true. I’m a successful YouTuber, the owner of Kitties Home Away From Home cat boarding business, published author to A Heart’s Journey Series, and an animal and nature lover.
I have a passion for writing since I was about 8 years old. It has always been my dream to be an author. I’ve always had stories in my head, but it wasn’t until senior high that I noticed I could move my English teachers emotionally with my essays or story assignments that I really thought I could have a chance at writing.
I was teased and bullied a lot at school because I didn’t fit in. So for a while, I let the dream of writing fade. Then I married a wonderful man who encouraged me to follow my dreams and the rest is history.
How did you come up with your book idea? What inspired you?
Life inspired me. Heart’s Cry came from a passion I have inside me for labor and delivery. I enjoy the medical field and the challenges doctors/nurses face. The story around it comes from the love of the north mixed with my creative imagination. A lot of the characters showcase bits and pieces of myself along with personal struggles that I’ve faced.
What was the most difficult part of writing this book? How did you overcome this difficulty?
The most difficult part was making the hospital chapters realistic and possible. I overcame this with tons of research and watched many hours of YouTube documentaries especially around the topic of opioid-addicted babies and mothers and rare cases of pregnancies and emergency surgeries. The second difficult part was creating the Kangaroo Babies-n-Teens program. The kangaroo program exists around the world, but I wanted to take it a step further. This took many hours of thinking, planning, and writing.
Who is your favorite character from the novel? What about them makes them your favorite?
In all honesty, I can’t pick a favorite character. I enjoy all of them as each one expresses their own individuality, as well as mirroring some part of me.
Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or agenda?
Absolutely. I loosely sketch out my character's description, occupation, some quirks…etc. But when I’m writing is when the characters really come to life and evolve as I go. Their emotional mindset and reaction to circumstances grow as I write the book.
How has writing this book impacted you personally?
I have proved to myself and to others, who know me well, that with hard work, determination, and dedication, you can achieve your dream, and in my case, overcome dyslexia to be an author.
How many books do you currently have published? What genres?
Currently, I have published Heart’s Cry, the first book in the series A Heart’s Journey. The second book, Heart’s Courage, comes out next month, August 2020. I also have an action short story, Impeccable Timing, in an anthology called Little Bits. As for genres, I’m definitely an adventure, romance, contemporary writer.
What is your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite?
My favorite thing about writing is escaping to another world and taking a quiet break from the events of my day. My least favorite thing about writing is picking names for the characters.
What authors in your genre inspire you most?
I grew up reading Lurlene McDaniel. Janette Oak, Susan May Warren, Sherri Stewart are authors that inspire me.
What would you tell a beginning author who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Cynthia Hickey, the publisher of Winged Publications, gave me some sound advice, even though she rejected my first manuscript she saw potential. She said, 'Writing is a learnable craft. Very few writers are naturally gifted. Find joy in the learning.' This for me spoke to my heart.
Anyone with dedication, commitment, and perseverance can learn to write. The biggest advice I can give is to sit down and write and be open to constructive criticism.
Lily Ann MacBride, an accomplished and respected OB/GYN, is forced to transfer from Seattle, Washington due to the jealousy of an overbearing boss.
On arrival in Anchorage, Alaska, she meets a handsome rustic doctor, Clyde Nelson, who stirs up all kinds of emotions, she would rather remain buried.
Both doctors find themselves captivated with each other, but are unwilling to let their guard down. Lily Ann’s internal battle with her own self-worth and personal acceptance, mixed with past rejections, prevents her from falling in love. Clyde, conversely, longs for a woman’s love, but needs to mentally and emotionally move on from his tragic past.
Can Clyde and Lily Ann overcome their barriers? Is true love right around the corner?