Rita M. Boehm
Photo by Rita - a pond near my home in Maryland
With Kosi, my therapist & buddy
SRinging the bell to celebrate end of my chemo!
After a 5 year hiatus, back in the competition arena - World Equestrian Center, Ocala - August 2022
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.
After 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 - and started work on my first novel. In 2016 my husband and I decamped to warmer climes, The Villages in central Florida. 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 in September 2018 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My husband, friends, family, an excellent team of doctors -- and my horse -- 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 me to 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, after my surgery and 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.
I was thrilled when my cozy mystery, Missing on Maple Street, and my children's picture book, Bluebirds in the Garden, achieved Finalist status in the 2019 Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. However, I was ecstatic to walk across the stage twice at the awards banquet in Orlando in October 2019. 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!
During the pandemic, I finally had a chance to peruse the tiny journals my father-in-law penned during his WWII service. I decided his story needed to be shared. After immersing myself in WWII history, I was proud to publish One Soldier's War, my tribute to those who serve our country and protect our freedom.
I enjoy being part of a vibrant community of writers in The Villages, serving twice as president of The Writers League and continuing to stay engaged as Communications Director and chair of our hugely successful BookExpo event. When I have time, I write. Otherwise, I'm reading an eclectic mix of authors, trying to improve my golf score - and most especially - spending time with my therapist, my wonderful dressage horse, Kosi.
I love to hear from my readers. Please don't be shy. Rita