Author Interview Number Forty-One – Rita Chapman

Welcome to Rita Lee Chapman

Where are you from and where do you live now? I live in Queensland, Australia.  It’s hot and beautiful.  I live near the sea, so the breeze is always wecome.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I have two self-published books, Missing in Egypt, which is a romantic travel mystery and Winston – A Horse’s Tale which is for horse lovers from teenagers upwards.

Missing in Egypt is about an Australian working for a Member of Parliament who falls in love with a constituent.  She travels to Egypt with him to look for his brother, who has disappeared whilst on holiday.  It contains vivid descriptions of Egyptian sites and temples.

Winston – A Horse’s Tale is told by Winston himself and tells of his life in Australia and the different people and horses he meets along the way.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? Winston – a horse of course!

Are your characters based on real people? No, my stories are purely fiction but I try to include some real places and facts to give them some realism.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing? There was in Winston – A Horse’s Tale, because I am trying to put across the horse’s point of view in understanding our demands and expectations.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these? (If applicable) Missing in Egypt is available as an e-book, paperback and large print edition.

Winston – A Horse’s Tale is available as an e-book and a paperback.  I would be happy to do a large print edition if there is sufficient interest.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? Yes, I do self-edit, although I can see the advantages of using a professional editor as you tend not to see your own mistakes, whereas other peoples are always obvious!

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? A review should always be honest and unbiased, whoever is doing it.  The fact that we all have different tastes can make it hard to know whether a review is helpful to you when choosing a book.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Edit, edit and edit!

What are your best marketing/networking tips? Publish in paperback as well as an e-book.  It gives you more options and you can’t beat the feeling of seeing your book in print.  Join Goodreads and do a giveaway promotion; have your own website.  My website has a Guest Author page so if anyone would like to be featured they can contact me through

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? What book(s) have you just finished? I enjoy romance, thrillers, mystery, autobiographies and books about animals.  I love Australian authors Kate Morton, Bryce Courtney, Colleen McCullough as well as Fiona Walker and Jeffrey Archer.

I’ve just finished a Reader’s Digest Select Editions book featuring The Loop by Nicholas Evans, The Kremlin Device by Chris Ryan, Somebody’s Baby by Elaine Kagan and The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver.  I’m a big fan of the Reader’s Digest Select Editions and also Encounters (which are true stories).

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I still think I look as I did when I was thirty – I don’t know whose face it is looking back at me in the mirror!

Book links, website/blog and author links:

Winston – A Horse’s Tale



Missing in Egypt






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