Interview with Rita Chapman

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi Jocelyn. Thank you for inviting me to your website. I live in Qheensland, Australia and only wrote my first book, Missing in Egypt, when I retired. Like most writers, I’m an avid reader and also enjoy playing tennis, swimming, walking and socialising.

What were you like at school?
Shy – good at English but hopeless at maths.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Doesn’t every author aspire to be a best-seller?

Which writers inspire you?
I love Australian authors, Kate Morton and Bryce Courtenay as well as Wilbur Smith and Dick Francis.

So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Missing in Egypt, a romantic travel mystery and Book 1 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series
Missing at Sea, Book 2 in the Anna Davies Mystery series
Dangerous Associations, a crime mystery
Winston – A Horse’s Tale; a book for horse lovers from teenagers upwards.

What genre are your books?
As you can see, I like to mix them up.

What draws you to this genre?
I’ve always loved horses, so Winston was the book I had to write. I enjoy reading mysteries and crime novels and watch a lot of detective stories on TV!

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Our very own Nicole Kidman!

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
A couple of days of continuous heavy rain. I’ve always loved writing and started a couple of books during my working life (on a typewriter!) but when I retired and we had some serious rain I decided it was time to see if I could actually produce a novel.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Deciding on the ending – I wasn’t sure which way it would go until the last moment.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Typing out my thoughts – I’m a fast typist!

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Please visit my website at


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