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Welcome to Rita's Newsletter! You are invited to subscribe to my newsletter where I'll endeavor to inform,and entertain you with tidbits of information on the ebook fronts, on publishing in general, on authors of interest. Where do you buy ebooks, how do you read them, who writes them, and what's new and interesting in the world of books.
Newsletter Dated: 2/27/2005 10:10:54 PM

Subject: Inspiration

Hello again everyone,
Yes, yes, I know. I never write these things on a timely basis. Instead, I write them like I do my books, when I'm inspired. Tonight I'm inspired.
That's right, I only write my books when I'm inspired, thus, they don't come out on a time table either. However, I would like to say one thing in my own defense. Each of my books are written with a tremendous amount of feeling, along with blood sweat and tears.
After I write, I'm as exhausted as if I had done a day's work. Sometimes the inspiration lasts for hours, and I keep at it until I can't any more. Some time it only holds for a couple. But I kind of have to feel it in me before I'm motivated to work.
Maybe I'm just lazy, but I don't think so. Writing is something that should come from some inner source I think. Not just be words on paper to say I write everyday, like some writers do. I can't and won't work that way.
Inspiration comes from many different things. Sometimes it's an old tv show, sometimes it's talking to friends. Sometimes it's because someone did something so nice for you, you have to tell the world.
And then sometimes it is completely unexplainable. Like when you wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking about the darn book. You know if you don't get up right then, you will lose it.
I'm not like a trained puppy and can just sist and write. I don't write to make a fortune, if I did I wouldn't write what I write. I write because some inner part of me compels me to do it. It always has since I was very young.
My parents were pipeliners, another word for that is gypsies, because we traveled all over the United States. I never went to the same school twice till I was nearly grown. So for a past time I made up stories in my head and used my bobby pins (hope you all know what they are) as my people. I was about five years old. The theme was usually simple, a boy, a girl, and they kissed, she swooned and they grew up to live happily ever after.
Sounds silly now, but that's how it all began for me. And I'll wager that if a lot of writers were truthful, they had strange beginnings too.
Those stories are in your head, and they have to come out somehow. I remember when I discovered TV,
I went to the backyard with my friends and I re-wrote the play for TARZAN many times. Strange, I was never Lucy or Dezi, huh? No, TARZAN was a real adventure with a love story. It took me years to admit to myself that I was really a Romance Writer. You just can't fool Mother Nature.
Plus, I loved Westerns, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The Rebel. Bonanza, The Big Valley. All with love interest of course. And till this day I incorporate cowboys into my love stories. And yeah, I've heard some people are really tired of cowboys, too bad. I write what inspires me.
To thine self be true!
Just so you will know, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer was a complete inspiration. I was at my wits end when I came up with this one. I sat down, very comfrotably in my recliner, and I looked up and then I closed my eyes, and I asked the almighty for help. I was lost as to the next book. He answered. With Chief Cook & Bottle Washer. It was a combination of what I'd been doing for so long, babysitting, the kind of people I admire, cowboys, and a woman with real hangups about herself.
My publisher knows all about this particular book.
Each book a writer writes is different for them. Each one means something different, or should.
Some books are more special to us than others. But Chief was my inspirational book, and it doesn't qualify to be inspirational, because inspirational is a whole different ball game.
A reader should get something from the books they read, and I hope I've done right by you all and if you are at all like one of my contest winners from Romance Junkies, you'll catch on to a lot of what I'm about in these books. One reader remarked she got the warm fuzzies after she read one of my books. That's exactly what I wanted her to do. It is so satisfying to know that you accomplish what you set out to.
Thank you one and all for trying a book or two of mine. And if you haven't, you might just try one to see if I'm right.
If you don't like books with emotions that are real, with issues that are everyday, with love that is warm and inviting, then please don't read any of mine. Because that's what I want to give you.
I've changed a few covers lately, check them out here at Author's Den. http://www.authorsden.com/ritahestand
Love and blessings
Rita


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