Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Ritamarie Recine , I am 55 years of age
Fiona: Where are you from?
I reside in Quebec , canada with my husband Antonio ,daughter Bianca son in law Carlos and our two fur babies sir muffin garibaldi and sir p.k drogba.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I come from a big family . my parents the late sante recine , my mom Iolanda Bracaglia Recine
I have 3 sisters , one brother , anna, mario adriana and floriana .
I am a twin with Adriana . I graduated at concordia university in 1986 with a major in Spanish and tourism
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I published open book where the road to serendipity in 2017 with Crystal L. Gauthier and Southern Owl Publications LLC
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Literature has always been one of my better subjects also at a young age. I began writing at 19 years of age . why did I begin to write ?
basically it was because I enjoyed it in addition to it being a very good stress reliever .
within time it appealed to me more and more.
With age I became a visionary .
I began to take my writing abilities more serious collaborating in our local newspaper , online writing groups , speeches and finally 2017 came along and a new venture began .
I currently am writing another book . the title has not yet been established
I do have two in mind, from ribbon to women or love at first dance .
My next book which has not yet come to fruition consists of two short stories , poems relating to dance, its history , costumes, alongside an interview with Montreal ballerina Isabelle Crepeau . etc..
Open book where the road to serendipity is a poetry book which I am most familiar with . I wanted to challenge ,myself , so I did .
I know and understand we should always write what we know . well I do not know anything about dance nevertheless it was a subject which always interested me from a child to adulthood .
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have considered myself a writer upon my first online published work with poetry pasta , valeri beers and the song is with Marianne Slyke
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I do not have one inspiration but many , the centre of the earth , the skies , family, and more .
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
my title open book where the road to Serendipity ends came about for serendipity is defined as Fate or luck. the road has ended for I have published my first book. My dream of being a published author became a reality for me after many rejections and many years of script .
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I do not have a writing style, although my writing is more of visualization and lyrical I do much research before I decide to put pen to paper .
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My book is based on actual events . A description of my experiences .
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No I do not need to travel ,although I am a night owl . I write best at night when all is quiet with less hustling and bustling with daily activities
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The cover of my book was designed by my publisher Southern Owl Publications LLC.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message I would like to relay is write with your heart , be expressive with the hopes that the next generations may also continue to dream.
If I have touched one person it will be suffice .. today with technology reading a book seems to be a thing of the past . In my eyes the flipping of pages while reading a good book still make s me smile
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
MY favorite writer is Nicholas Sparks. I can relate to his stories . His books are interesting , a very good read and it appears we become part of his stories.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I received much from friends and other fellow writers for they understand your highs and lows .
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do . It is a part of me , the person I am .
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
NO I would not. I am pleased with my book exactly the way it is presented . thank you.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes I have learned that it takes time, hard work , and much patience , years and years of writing . I also came to the realization that not all are interested in your passion . They are pleased but are not readers .
I am some what bothered by this.
In retrospect there are a number of persons who are inclined to give me constructive criticism and positive feedback . If I had to give anyone advice I say follow your dreams no matter how far the stars may be ,stand by the vision which you see.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
My book is a poetry book , although if there was one person who I would like to be using my works in a movie it would have to be oprah or meryl streep . If it is to be a man I would have to say Richard Gere , Morgan Freeman , a great narrator.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes, follow your dream . If you believe , you will achieve .
Success is based on what you believe it to be , not what society wants.
If one believes he has written one book , feels accomplished , successful then his or her feat has been established .
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would like to say thank you for choosing me and my book
May you enjoy reading as I have enjoyed sharing a minimal part of my journey .
Thank you for being a part of it . If you have a goal in mind, never relent .
It may be months , perhaps years . Open book where the road to serendipity ends took me 5 years to write and 35 years to be published . I was 53 .
thank you crystal L. Gauthier and Genevieve Scholl of Southern Owl Publications LLC.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the first books I recall reading was Dancing on my grave .
The Gelsey Kirkland story .
It is amazing how the story is about being a dancer , its pros and cons in the dance world. today i am writing about dance . perhaps I had the idea all along subconsciously.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would like to meet the dalai lama for his spirituality, and wisdom.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy going to the theatre and reading
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching documentaries and true to life stories
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite color is green , favorite music are the oldies , soft rock and country .
Martina Mc. Bride is one of my favorite country artists.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Take care of babies . the most innocent .we learn much with children .
they bring life in our hearts. full of glee.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Family and friends , a big bash , then hopefully it would only be a dream and I would live for the next 50 years.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Live and let live, I am a survivor.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Rita’s house of poetry . You may go on amazon if anyone wants to purchase my book Thank you very much .
Have a nice day to all .
Author Rita Marie Recine.