Rita Y. Toews
Genre: Non-Fiction Autobiography, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction,
Suspense, Historical Fiction, Children's Fiction
Publisher(s): Hard Shell Word Factory, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
The Fiction Works, Books Unbound E-Publishing
Personal Website: www.domokos.com/Rita.html
Rita lives in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband,
Dan, and Mickey, the obligatory "writer's cat".
When she was growing up her father worked as a driller on oil
wells--that meant her family was constantly on the move from town to
town. When you're lonely, books are very good company. The desire to
write grew out of her enjoyment of the stories she read.
She began her first novel when she was 23. At the time, she remembers
thinking that when an author had an idea for a book they just started
writing, and it flowed out, chapter after chapter. She soon had a rude
awakening! She actually completed the first chapter, but didn't know
where to go from there.
When she was 50 she decided that if she had a desire to write, then
she'd better get serious about it and take some writing courses. In
1999, she was taking a writing class at the University of Winnipeg and
the instructor approached her about assisting a Hungarian gentleman with
his memoirs. She just loves the stories that older people have to tell,
so she phoned Alex Domokos and we agreed to meet in a Second Cup coffee
shop to talk about it. We've been writing together ever since.
She's had her stories published in several magazines, including
Zygote, The Western Producer, Mysterical-E and Green Prints. Just
recently she had a story accepted by Columbia Magazine. She also
completed four children's books that should be published in 2002.
Together, Alex and she have written his memoirs and the resulting
book, The Price of Freedom, has been very well received. As well
as having been published electronically, it will be available in print
from The Fiction Works in June, 2002. It is currently being translated
into German for release in 2002 and has been presented to two movie
studios for consideration.
We've also published a speculative fiction entitled Prometheus,
a mainstream novella entitled Shades of Gray and a collection of
short Christian stories entitled Ten Chocolates From the Box. We
are currently working on a thriller set in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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