Interview with Rita Lee Chapman



Tell us about your publishing journey…

Hi Nicky and thank you for inviting me to your blog.

It wasn’t until I retired that I finished my first book, Missing in Egypt.  Until then my writing had been confined to business letters and reports or letters to my family back home.  Although I had started to write a couple of times (on a typewriter) I didn’t manager more than a few chapters.  I did keep them though and eventually incorporated them in to my books.  My submissions to publishers met with rejection but then I read about Amazon and made the decision to self-publish, one I have not regretted.
What do you love about being an author?

I love being in my own fantasy world, where anything can happen.  I’m more successful sitting at the computer and writing than trying to plot and so I never know where the story is going to take me.  It is also great fun being able to kill characters off or help them find romance.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and
Winston_-_A_Horse's__Cover what would you eat?

My perfect dinner would be with Winston, from Winston – A Horse’s Tale.  Winston is a horse (of course) and I guess we would be eating his favourite – apples.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Turning now to my crime mystery, Dangerous Associations, I would cast Nicole Kidman as Cathy,  as Geoffrey and Hugh Jackman as Rob.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I’m really not in to vampires (sorry, Nicky) but probably as sexy leads.

Missing_in_Egypt_CoverIf you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Definitely the seventies – for the music, the excitement and the beautiful clothes.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Write a book!

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A Unicorn, because I love horses and I can live with the horn thing.

Where do you write best?

In my study, when it’s raining.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?Dangerous_Associatio_Cover sml_

I’m on the last few pages of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon.  It’s one of those books where you can’t read fast enough to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want it to end.  I’m savouring the last few words and marveling at Wilbur Smith’s talent.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would like to write children’s books because I think it is so important to enjoy reading at a young age.  Losing yourself in a book and being transported to another place is pure magic and they can absorb and  learn so much without even realising it.

Where can fans find you online?

My website is at  Here you will find information on me, my books and other authors.


Goodreads author page:

Dangerous Associations:

An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker.  Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation.  She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life of fear. 



Large Print Edition:

Missing in Egypt

Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures.  Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday.  The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search.  Will they be able to track him down and find him alive – or is Ramy already dead?  What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps?  This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.




Winston – A Horse’s Tale

One for horse lovers!  Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and many adventures.  As you read his story, told by Winston himself, you will appreciate horse ownership from the horse’s point of view.  Born on a country property in Australia, Winston tells of his breaking-in and education and the different people he encounters – good, bad and ignorant.  As well as his own story, Winston includes the experiences of other horses he meets along life’s way. 





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