Welcome. Today, I’m happy to feature Wanda Fittro, a fellow member of Ozarks Romance Authors.
So glad you stopped by today, Wanda. Your manuscript BEYOND THE HORIZON is a contemporary romance/suspense set in present day, small town Kansas….Would you please tell us a little about it?
Thanks for having me Barb. Here's the blurb:
Katie Sullivan is running for her life. She doesn’t know where but, it has to be better than the abusive relationship she is in. Car trouble leaves her stranded in the middle of Kansas where she is rescued by an elderly farm couple. There she meets Josh Warner, a widower who lives and works on the farm. He juggles his farm responsibilities with raising his young son and his passion for the rodeo. Katie and Josh can’t fight their growing feelings for each other, but both their pasts could come crashing down on them and destroy their future together.
That's quite an interesting story line, Wanda. I can imagine Katie's original guy isn't going to take here defection calmly. What drew you to this this particular genre and theme?
I enjoy reading contemporary romances so I was naturally drawn to write one. I developed this idea because my daughter has struggled with abusive relationships her entire adult life. I wanted to explore the feelings a woman has in that situation. I think I needed to write this story as a way to try and understand my daughter’s life choices. My heroine takes control of her life and destiny and maybe someday my daughter will too.
I hope she is able to, also, Wanda. Your book may help her and others like her to gain strength for their effforts. Ironically, my guest last week has one section of her weekly blog devoted to stories of people who have survived abusive situations.
How long have you been writing?
I started seriously pursuing writing in the late 90’s. I’ve published a poem in GRIT, an article in SPRINGFIELD MAGAZINE and this year won the Missouri Literacy Festival Reader’s Choice Award for a short story about the Civil War. I’ve had several detours along the way but, I am determined to succeed and get a book published.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I can’t really say I have a favorite place. I do most of my writing during my lunch hour at work. I’ve also written quite a bit at our local brewery. In fact everyone there teases me that when I make it big they’re going to put a plaque where I sat and wrote – just like Hemingway.
Sounds like a great and supportive place to create. I'll be looking for that plaque soon. What is your next project?
I’m currently trying to finish my very first NaNo project. It’s also a contemporary romance about a young woman who goes back to her home town to bury her mother. Along the way she re-discovers her past. It’s been slow going though, as this year I am secretary for Ozarks Romance Authors and president for another writing group, Sleuth’s Ink. But belonging to both these groups helps to keep me motivated.
Great groups, both. Good luck with your responsibilities. In closing, what one tip would you offer writers?
Don’t stop writing. Even if it’s just a little bit here and a little bit there, it’s more than you started with.
Great advice. The daily habit of writing, even just a few words, keeps us focused--and producing. Thanks, again, for being here, Wanda. Where can we find you online?
You can follow me on twitter @wandafittro or my blog at http://awritercalledwanda.blogspot.com/