Today, we're chatting with Rita Schiano, the author of Painting The Invisible Man , ISBN: 0979534704, published by The Reed Edwards Company, and Sweet Bitter Love, ISBN: 1883061156, published by Rising Tide Press and distributed now through The Reed Edwards Company.
Rita can be found at her website and her blog, Rita’s Not-So-Daily Word. She offers a free newsletter on her website and an archive of Talk To Me, her blog talk radio show wherein she interviewed creative people.
Now, let's chat with Rita.
How many years from your first manuscript to your first sale?
For Sweet Bitter Love, 1 1/2 years; for Painting The Invisible Man, 3 years.
What has been your best experience as a published author?
Having the opportunity to go into schools and talk with kids about writing.
What has been your worst experience as a published author?
Can’t say I’ve had one.
What has surprised you most as a professional writer?
The sometimes profound effect my stories have had on people . . . on their self-exploration.
If you could write any story, without regard to it selling or any of those other business issues, what would you write?
I write those stories now. There is never a guarantee one’s work will sell.
What do you love about your career?
The freedom to explore myriad concepts, points of view, emotional and intellectual expression through my characters.
What do you hate about your career?
Not a thing.
If you got a big 6-figure advance for a book, what's the first thing you'd buy for yourself?
A Tempur-pedic mattress!
What is the best advice you can give beginning writers?
Write every day. Establish a disciplined schedule. Don’t fall in love with your words. Embrace the value of rewriting and honing your work.
What would you like readers to know?
The web site where to buy my books! Seriously, seek out and support new writers. Spend the little extra to buy a new book, not a used copy off Amazon or the like. Authors only get paid when a book sells new.
PS. Looking for some good summer reading? Check out my novel Painting The Invisible Man, and read what it’s like to grow up in a family on the fringe of the Mafia. I hope you'll tell your friends and family about this engrossing story too!
Thanks, Rita, for taking the time to visit with us and good luck with your books.
Make a point to discover a new author today. It's a win/win situation for you and the author.
(This interview was previously published on Joan Slings Words.)