Talking with Lita Harris today
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I can’t sit still. I’m always doing something, which makes it difficult to stay at the keyboard when I should be writing. I’m a serious chocoholic and my wonderful critique partners make sure I have a steady supply of Hershey Kisses on hand when I’m on deadline. I ALWAYS have music playing and love concerts.
What started your interest in writing?
It was the deaths of a family member and a friend, two different instances, that compelled me to pick up a pen late one night and I wrote two poems. I tapped into a part of me that I didn’t know existed. I quickly learned how cathartic writing is and the event steamrolled into writing longer pieces.
What is your book(s) about?
Love at Christmas is about a family healing and finding love in the worst of circumstances. All of my books focus on family. It’s not intentional but seems to be a common thread in my work.
What are you currently working on?
I’m editing three books and getting them ready for submission. Once again, they’re about family and love but this series has a touch of magick in it. I’m halfway through the book of my heart and can’t wait to get back to it. It’s about a second chance for a couple who first met at the wrong time in their lives and hope to get it right the next time around.
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
A spirit or ghost. I like the idea of being able to pop in and out of other people’s lives and see what’s going on.
What genres do you write in?
Mainly women’s fiction and contemporary romance. I have a cozy in mind but haven’t gotten to it yet.
Is there anything you would tell aspiring writers?
There are no shortcuts. You have to write. It may take ten years or ten months to write a book. If you want your work to be seen, you have to write, rewrite, edit, and submit.
Do you keep a notebook near your for when new ideas pop into your head?
Always! I’m never without a notebook. I’ve even installed PAGES on my phone so I can jot down ideas or book titles.
For readers who haven't tried your books yet, how do you think your editor or loyal readers would describe your books?
Heartfelt, kind, comforting.
When writing, how do you keep track of timelines, ideas, inspiration and such? By notes on the computer, a notebook perhaps?
I’ve started using Scrivener for Windows. There is a learning curve and I’m still not sold on the editing and compilation feature because of the conversion problems I’ve encountered but you can’t beat it for organization.
Love at Christmas
Secret Cravings Publishing
Kristen Anderson is resigned to live a child free life in New Jersey that is until she is given custody of her seven year old nephew after the death of his mother. Christmas brings them to their grandmother’s house in Pennsylvania where the family focuses on healing and reopening the family inn in time for the holidays with the help of Luke Baldwin, a man with a past that leaves him uncertain of finding love until he meets Kristen again who is also wary of finding true love.
Kristen and Luke’s desire to be together is complicated by Kristen’s yearning to return to New Jersey, her grandmother’s determination to keep Kristen in Brookside Falls, and a family secret shared by Kristen and Luke’s families that is revealed on Christmas Eve. Will the deceit that threatens to break apart Luke and Kristen change their lives forever? What will Christmas bring them?
About the Author
Lita Harris spends her time between New Jersey and the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, where she writes most of her books. She also lived in Alaska for a short time just for fun. An avid crafter, unused supplies clutter her basement and attempts at making pottery, jewelry, and stained glass are proudly displayed in her house, usually behind a picture or holding a door open. She also makes candles and homemade soap. With enough books to stock a small library she may need to construct a building to store her literary obsessions.
She writes in multiple genres, including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal, and cozy mysteries. For more information about Lita, please visit her website at www.LitaHarris.com or at twitter.com/litaharris and facebook.com/litaharrisauthor.