When I first began writing novels, I new I wanted to write women's fiction. I had read everything of Elizabeth Berg, and I loved the way her stories delved into the hearts and minds of women. I was also drawn by her characters who were so real and flawed, but strong women. My own background as a psychotherapist lent to this vein of writing and digging into my character's mind and heart.
My first book, And the Truth Will Set You Free (Wings ePress, 2007), is the story of Kate Reynolds who, at fifty-two, is thrust into an early retirement and has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. She picks up te pieces and follows her dream of becoming a writer as she relocates from Pennsylvania to Connecticut. But even with Kate's journey into a new career, I could not resist introducing her to Sam. No hot, torrid love affair here. Just an easy 'getting-to-know-you' relationship that culminates in falling in love.
While the primary thread of the story is Kate's career crisis and her embracing a new future as a writer, I could not resist giving this divorcee and new lease on love, too. As I've continued to write (with nine published novels to date), the romance in my stories has moved from sub-plot to nearly equal billing. The truth is, I'm a romantic at heart. Yes, I proudly admit it. I love those first kiss scenes that make me go, "Awe." So much so that my next book contracted by Champagne Books for March 2012 release (Wake-up Call) is a full-fledged contemporary romance featuring a Philadelphia social worker and a modern-day Texas cowboy. My conversion is now complete!
Linda Rettstatt is a transplant from Pennsylvania who now resides in Mississippi. She is the author of nine women's fiction and contemporary romance novels and is published with Wings ePress, Champagne Books, and Class Act Books. She shares her home with her cat, Binky, who lets her stay because she pays the rent and buys the cat food. Her books have finaled three times for EPIC e-Book Awards and she has been nominated for Author of the Year for 2010 at Champagne Books. You can visit her website at: http://www.lindarettstatt.com/ and her blog at http://www.onewomanswrite.blogspot.com/