Hello fellow readers, Thank you for finding your way here. When I was growing up, my mother, Rita Gallagher, used to write for Romance Magazines, where the woman fell in love with the wrong man, passing up the right one while the "Bad Boy" drew her into "the dark side." Of a relationship. But... show more
Hello fellow readers, Thank you for finding your way here. When I was growing up, my mother, Rita Gallagher, used to write for Romance Magazines, where the woman fell in love with the wrong man, passing up the right one while the "Bad Boy" drew her into "the dark side." Of a relationship. But she always learned her lesson and found the right guy, who was like our idea of the boy next door. She hid those magazines from me, which made them a lot like chocolate...you knew you were eating too much but you loved the taste. When I grew up, I always wanted to write but didn't want to compete with my mom, because I thought I'd fail. Then one day I realized SHE didn't write BOOKS! AhHah! So I began writing books in the closet of my family and didn't come out until I had completed one. My first sale was my third book, my second book sold second and I never sold the first one...but it taught me how to put a book together. Then my Mother and my good friends, Parris Afton Bonds, Sondra Stanford and Peggy Cleaves agreed we needed to have our own writing organization. We called it Romance Writers of America. It took us four years to get it going and find a sponsor. But we did, and now we have hundreds of friends both in and out of the business, and enjoy the RWA conference every year. I honestly believe that RWA would never have taken off if it hadn't been for three things: 1. The need was necessary for us to fill and 2. All the people who helped carry the banner to make romance legitimate in the eyes of the publishers and 3. The volunteers who came to my home and spent long hours toward getting it established and working it into the force it is today. Romance Writers of America signature award, The Rita, which is the highest award of excellence given in the genre of romantic fiction, is named after me. The R.W.A. also awarded me their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. That, dear readers, is one great honor! It humbles me. So now, I've had 40 books and novellas published by six publishers, and my friends are still my wonderful friends. And after my home flooded and lost everything, including several working manuscripts, I'm back to placing some of my works on Kindle as well as working on new books. Life is good!