Thursday, June 11, 2009


FIRE in the ROCK

At the turn of the twentieth century, some class distinctions linger, boundaries between men and women are clearly defined and social conventions remain strict. In this setting a well-meant deception finds a young woman involved in a desperate search to unearth crucial information, for the truth, preserved by its wary keepers, lies buried in the opal fields on the fringe of the vast Australian Outback.

Realizing her future depends on the choice between two rivals of diverse faiths, she hesitates in the belief that those she cares for most always seem to be taken from her. But when it finally appears she has lost everything, she discovers that true love, like faith, does not depend on feelings alone.

What aspect of God do you most hope readers will take away after reading your book?

I won't even try to supply a theological answer, but in simple human terms I want my readers to realize that the Lord never gives up on us. Even when our hearts stray far from Him and we build shells around us so we can't be hurt, He waits patiently and even causes things to happen to turn us back to Him. He's our loving heavenly Father.

If you could have a conversation with one of your characters who would it be and why?

La Shaunda, that's tricky. I can't pick any of them because I already have had those conversations! Seriously, I had to know every one of my dear characters intimately and even learned more about them as I wrote. I couldn't even let some of them get away without exposing their flaws. I reckon I'm their Mama & they're all my children.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

It struck me that my fictional characters are so very much alive and yet none of them ever lived!

What's your secret to balancing career and family?

Plain commonsense. Cooking big meals and freezing half or more for other busy days. Ignore dust until I can see it without my glasses. Always making time to talk with them.( I have two menfolk at home.)

What do you do to make time for yourself?

Because I script and co-present on a weekly Christian radio program, I am chomping at the bit to get to write my books. That's special time for me. Also, I have a friendship garden where I plant cuttings from anyone who'll give them to me and I love to see them bud. And I enjoy editing (pruning) them in autumn.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

My email:


I'm also on Facebook.

If interested in purchasing my book, FIRE in the ROCK, see


As a scriptwriter and co-speaker for a weekly radio program broadcast throughout Australia, Rita is a graduate of Emmaus Bible College, the National Art School, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She occasionally appears on Australian Christian television as a graphics artist.

For the past fourteen years she and her evangelist husband have ministered throughout Thailand for one month, authorized by the Buddhist government, in schools, prisons, hospitals, shopping malls and churches. With several CDs to her credit, she is also a contributor with the Cup of Comfort series, and is now contracted with the Hartline Literary Agency.

1 comment:

Sharon Ball said...

LaShaunda, this book has a very interesting premise. Thanks for the review and introducing me to Rita's writing.

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