Photo by Rita - a pond near my home in Maryland

ABOUT ME

 With Kosi, my therapist & buddy

SRinging the bell to celebrate end of my chemo!

 

I was born and raised on the south shore of eastern Long Island, NY and  became a voracious reader at a very young age.

 

During the course of my career as Director of Contracts for a defense electronics company, I willingly traded life by the ocean for an opportunity to live in Colorado and explore the Rocky Mountain west. Another career move brought me back to the East Coast where I traded the mountains for an opportunity to live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.

 

With my retirement in 2014 I embraced the opportunity to reawaken the creative muse left slumbering for all too many years of poring over legal documents. In 2016 my husband and I sold our home in Maryland and decamped to warmer climes - The Villages in central Florida - where I enjoy a variety of activities while Bob indulges his passion for golf and classic cars.  Life is good. We are incredibly fortunate. 

I say that even though at the end of September 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My husband, friends, family, and an excellent team of doctors, made my health journey easier.  After six months of chemo I underwent surgery followed by six weeks of radiation. My treatments were completed in July. My cancer is gone and I feel great!

 

 Since writing required that I focus inward at a time when I was too vulnerable to do so, I put my writing on hold during my treatments and focused on my photography  (a more left-brained pursuit).  In May 2019, having weathered the worst of my health storm, I picked up where I left off in writing Another Chance - Peter's Story, the final book in what has become the Second Chances trilogy. The book was published in December 2019 and I've been warmed by the reception it's received.

 I was thrilled when Missing on Maple Street and Bluebirds in the Garden, the two books I entered in the 2019 Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards competition, achieved Finalist status. However, I was ecstatic to walk across the stage twice at the awards banquet in Orlando in October. Bluebirds in the Garden was awarded Gold in the Children's Picture Book category and was then awarded the Grand Prize as Best Children's Book. What a difference a year makes! 

If I'm not writing, or reading an eclectic mix of authors, I'm enjoying photography, gardening, golf, and most especially--riding my dressage horse, Kosi.

I enjoy hearing from my readers. Please don't be shy.   Rita 

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