Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in the same town where I was born. My kids went to the same schools I attended. I think that's pretty unusual in this day and age. My son and daughter both moved away to different states. I'll never move. I don't know if it's because I love the Ozarks or I'm just stubborn. Probably the latter.
What started your interest in writing?
Reading. I grew up in the country as an only child and reading became my escape. The more I read, the more I thought I could do this. But, it took a long time to finally give it a try. Also, I hate working for other people and I thought if I could write a book, I could quit my day job. Unfortunately, in this day and age of publishing, I still have to work a 9 to 5 job and wiggle my writing in whenever I can. My dream is to become as prolific a writer as Nora Roberts and finally be able to stay home and follow my passion.
What is your book(s) about?
Beyond the Horizon is about a young woman finally getting the courage to leave an abusive relationship and the people she meets along the way.
My daughter is in an abusive situation. Her struggles gave me the idea to write a book with a HEA ending. Something I wish for her.
How long did it take you to get your rough draft finished on your latest release?
I did the rough draft during National Novel Writing month in 2009. Really rough. If you've ever participated you know what I mean. After setting it aside for a while, I started editing and re-writing for most of 2011. Then I started the query process and finally found a publishing home this year.
What are you currently working on?
Another NaNo project I started in 2010, titled Coming Home. It's about a woman returning to her hometown after her mother's death. She is forced to confront her past including the man who broke her heart.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I like to scrapbook. I also hang out at a local pub where everybody knows my name. I get some interesting ideas there.
Is there anything you will never write about?
I'm not much into paranormal – zombies, vampires and such.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). I would enjoy sipping a drink on his front porch, listening to his life adventures, and laughing at his delightful humor.
Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
I’m always looking for book recommendations. What books have you been reading? Would you recommend them?
I'm currently reading Reap and Repent by Lisa Medley. It's the first in her reaper series. I would highly recommend it. Lisa paints a clear picture of a world occupied by reapers and demons. Even though it's not my genre, her voice is captivating.
I would also recommend My Ex-Boyfriends Wedding by Sue VerSteeg. A funny look at a women having to photograph her ex's wedding. Parts of it made me laugh out loud.
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Katie and Josh, both desperately seeking redemption from their past, discover passion in each other's arms. With danger just around the corner, will love survive?
When Katie Sullivan makes the hasty decision to run away from an abusive relationship, she has no clue what is ahead of her. She only knows it has to be better than her life up to now. Her boyfriend is a powerful drug dealer who will stop at nothing to get her back. She knows too much. Car trouble leaves her stranded in the middle of Kansas, with little money, and a growing fear of failure.
Widower Josh Warner works and lives on an elderly couples’ farm. He juggles the responsibilities of raising his young son and his passion for the rodeo. Unable to let go of his deceased wife’s memory and on the rebound from a misguided affair, he has no desire for another relationship. But, when Katie appears out of nowhere, everything changes.
Against all reason, Katie and Josh find themselves drawn to each other. If the past catches up to them, their newfound passion, and their lives could be in jeopardy. Can their love win against the evil headed their way?
Josh had his back turned to Katie as she approached. Sneaking up she reached around him and put her hands over his eyes.
"Cindy, stop, I don't have time for your games."
Katie lowered her hands and crossed her arms over her chest.
Josh turned around. His lips, stretched tight over his mouth, showed his annoyance.
"Hey," he grinned and reached for her.
She stepped back. His hand got a fist full of air.
"You called me Cindy just now."
"Yes, you did."
"Oh, Cindy." He turned his back to her and adjusted Spirit's saddle. "She's just a barrel racer on the circuit."
Josh looked at her over his shoulder. "Where are Betsy and Bud?"
Katie sensed he wasn't telling her something, but decided to let it go for now. Maybe she would ask Betsy later about this Cindy person.
"They're getting our tickets and seats. They told me to wish you good luck."
"I need all of that I can get."
Katie looked around. "Where's Chad?"
Josh turned around and propped one leg up on the trailer. He adjusted his jeans over his boot before answering.
"Yeah; he helps take care of the livestock."
"Is that safe?" Katie surprised herself with the concern she felt for the boy.
"No need to worry. The guys watch out for him and don't let him around the bulls. Mainly Chad just feeds and waters the calves and steers, and cleans their pens. He loves it and he earns a little spending money too. I made him open a savings account for his college fund with part of it. He's saved quite a bit already."
"That's great," Katie said. An awkward silence fell between them.
"Well, uh, I need to finish getting ready."
"Oh, of course, and I need to find Bud and Betsy. I just wanted to wish you good luck."
"Thanks, I appreciate it."
"Even if I'm not Cindy?" Katie couldn't help the jab as she turned to go. He reached out and this time successfully grabbed her hand.
"I'm glad you're here." He tried to pull her to him, but she resisted. Katie squeezed his hand and let go.
"I guess I'll see you later." Katie searched his eyes for any kind of clue as to how he felt about her, but she couldn't tell. This Cindy person had somehow stepped between them.
Wanda Kay Fittro lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri. Born and raised in a small town community, gave her an appreciation for that lifestyle, and provides the inspiration for her novels. A love affair with books started early on while reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the bed covers. She won the prestigious Missouri Literary Festival Reader's Choice award in 2011 for her Civil War short story One, Two, Three.
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