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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Author Interview: Rita Henuber

Exquisite Quills Welcomes Author Rita Henuber!

EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

Rita: I was born and raised on a barrier island on the east coast of Florida. A tomboy, I ran the beaches and heavily wooded areas at will. I grew up, sorta, and married a Marine. We were fortunate to live many different places and travel to the places we didn’t live.  I’ve always been a storyteller. As I child I was, shall we say, discouraged from telling or writing stories. Now, no one can stop me. I’ve returned to my barrier island and write Suspense/Thrillers incorporating what I know about military and government life and places I’ve traveled.  

EQ: What made you want to become a writer?

Rita: I was coming out of a horrifically bad time in my life and recovering by losing myself in books. One day I thought, I can do this. I can write.  And… write I did. Two hundred and forty-five thousand words later, I began to think about publishing. Quite by accident, I fell into a fantastic online writing class with a brilliant instructor and my career began.

BTW that two hundred and forty-five thousand word MS is a hot mess and still sitting in a file on my computer. But… I love it.

EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.

Rita: For the first book, the instructor of the class I enrolled in, asked us to give her our plots. Eh… plot? You need a plot? Well heck. I live at the beach, and the regular Coast Guard helicopter patrol was flying over.  The Ashton Kutcher/Kevin Costner movie, The Guardian, about the Coast Guard was on the TV. Hmmm. My daddy was in the Coast Guard. Helicopters, the Atlantic, drug lords, fast boats and vengeance turned into - A smoking hot Coast Guard Helicopter pilot teams up with a sexy DEA agent to take down the drug lord who killed her brother.  

The second book bubbled out with some characters from the first. My third and fourth books will be out soon and are the result of those people living in my head demanding their own books.  Finally I found a way to quiet them.

EQ: What kinds of female characters do you prefer to write?

Rita: I write about extraordinary women and the men they love. My heroines are in the military. Independent, successful women at the top of their field. The words I can’t are not in their vocabulary. The men in their lives have to accept them for who they are. Be supremely confident in their own identity and be able to stand with her side-by-side, shoulder to shoulder in whatever they take on.  My heroines are fiercely loyal. They love hard and forever. 

EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

Rita: Under Fire: The Admiral begins with a medical mission plane being shot down in the Ecuadoran jungle and finishes in Paris. Coast Guard Admiral Gemma Hendrickson prevents the drug cartel from capturing her passenger Dr. Ben Walsh until they are rescued, but can’t keep the sexy doctor from capturing her heart. There is plenty of action in the jungle with Navy SEALs, narco-subs, the drug cartel, and in Paris, between the sheets.    

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Other Titles by Rita Henuber:

Under Fire
Under Fire: The Admiral
Under Fire: The Marine   coming in April
Under Fire: Hunter’s Heart   coming in May


D. Ryan said...

Welcome to EQ Rita! I love character-driven stories. If a character can't grab me, the plot doesn't matter.

~Michele Zurlo

Liz Flaherty said...

Exciting stuff! I write short, so the idea of 245K words terrifies me, but I do remember not knowing how to wind up a story so that even my 50K became a rambling mess. :-)

Rita said...

Thank you for the welcome.

Rita said...

I believe writing short is a science and a gift. My next book has a prequel and mercy…it was difficult keeping it short.

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

What a great story of your road to writing, Rita. I admire how you put all your different life threads into your books. (I just made up the term "life thread".) ;-)

Rita said...

Thank you Jane. Hmmm, life thread. I like that!

Rose Anderson said...

I've enjoyed your interview Rita. Thanks for joining us today. Best luck for 2014.

Rita said...

Thank you Rose I'm determined 2014 will be the best year ever.