It’s never too late to chase a writing dream. But in order to pen it best, an author must first live it. International Bestselling Author Rita Delude has done just that. Raised by a hardworking alcoholic in a house full of both chaos and love, Delude creates rich, deep characters, who pop from the page. Unafraid to dive into important young and new adult subjects like bullying, bigotry, homosexuality, drugs, kidnapping, and sexual abuse, she also writes adult contemporary, historical, paranormal romance, and suspense/horror. Together, like the quilts she sews, her stories stitch together the experiences she’s had as a junior high teacher, college professor, newspaper reporter, parent, and grandparent.
Delude has published Kaleidoscope, Baby Blues, and Adam’s Anguish, a three-part contemporary romance set in Escape, CO around Alice Glover and her quilting shop and family and friends who run it. She’s also published Catch.net and Caught in the Middle, a two-part series about finding love on the internet and keeping the flame burning after almost a decade of marriage. Sister’s Revenge is her horror/suspense read with Sweet Revenge the sequel to release in 2020. Dracula’s Choice is an adult paranormal romance for readers who enjoy the darker side of love. Her other works include YA romances: Bubble Gum Love, Lemon Yellow, and Lollipop Lure. She’s published short stories in numerous anthologies by multiple publishers. These days, when she’s not out living and learning, she can be found quilting or researching for upcoming works including For the Love of Lily, a historical romance.
Now a Crazy Ink exclusive author, she has been a magazine writer and a newspaper columnist for decades. Delude holds a MFA in Writing. She is retired from her position as a full professor at Nashua Community College, Nashua, New Hampshire. She lives in New Hampshire, USA with her husband and their rescue dog, Daisy.
Driven by Desire
Ashley Gage sells out her half of G & J’s Renovations business to her partner, Rex Johnson, and leaves town after an ugly breakup with her husband of six years, who cheated on her.
She settles in the town of Nashua, New Hampshire and purchases an old Victorian house that needs lots of elbow grease, tender loving care, and talent to bring it back to the splendor of its past. She’s driven to succeed in everything she does, and she knows what this house needs and can do it herself. Just before she signs the deed on the bottom line, the realtor says, “I am legally obligated to tell you that someone died in the house.”
Ashley laughs and signs for the dream house she’s always wanted. Will it become her nightmare or her wish come true?
Rita tells us about her inspirations for Driven by Desire:
“I’ve worked side by side with my husband on building a huge addition to our house and a twelve-sided gazebo, plus a two-car garage, and a shed, so I’ve learned a lot about construction and finish work as we installed hardwood flooring in six rooms of the house. So when I wrote Driven by Desire, I decided to make the protagonist a woman who works refurbishing Victorian-Era homes, knowing that I’d be able to speak semi-intelligently about the subject. One of my sons is a hardscaper, one who builds walkways, retaining walls, patios, decks, firepits, etc., so Ashley also meets one of those in Driven by Desire.
“Where I live in New Hampshire, there is an area of town that has an entire neighborhood of huge Victorians that I used as my inspiration for the house that Ashley purchases to renovate for herself. It’s there she meets Perry, a former owner, who was killed by his wife and hidden in the walls of the home. The story takes many twists and turns as Ashley finds a journal hidden on the property and learns there are two sides to every story. “