Meet a Cool Author-Rita Monette

Hello, everyone! Since I have been writing, I have met authors from many places.  One of the neatest things about writing is meeting cool authors!

Rita Monette       Rita Monette is one of those authors.  Rita was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. After retiring from her job as an administrative assistant, Rita began doing what she always wanted to do…write, draw, and paint. Her debut middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, was released in November of 2012, followed by the sequel, The Curse at Pirate’s Cove, in November of 2014, by Musa Publishing. The books also contain her sketches. Her stories are set in the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. Rita now lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee.

1.  Tell us about your books.

 thecurseatpiratescove-200      The Curse at Pirate’s Cove, book two in the Nikki Landry Swamp Legend Series, begins with now eleven-year-old Nikki Landry looking forward to riding her bike to school, now that she’s old enough. That is until it falls apart. When she hears about a legend that there might be buried treasure on a nearby swamp island, she sees a way to get a new one. But when she makes a birthday wish for the pirate’s gold, things go terribly wrong. Join Nikki and her friends as they encounter ghostly pirates, who whisk them away aboard their ship to the year 1814. How will they every find their way back?

Cover of Legend of Gh Dog Island      In book one of the Nikki Landry Swamp Legend Series, The Legend of Ghost dog Island, Nikki’s Papa moves their raggedy old houseboat into a mysterious Louisiana bayou. Ten-year-old Nikki Landry feels something is watching her from a nearby island. After learning of a local legend that something sinister is living nearby that steals the souls of dogs, she fears for her own Snooper’s safety. Nikki seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.

2.  Why did you pick middle-grade to write about?

I love middle graders. They are very open to new places and ideas. It was a time of discovery and imagination for me, which is why I chose to write this series based on my own life at that age…mixed of course with some imaginative adventures.

3.  Do you have any other books in the works?

I am currently working on book three in the series. This one is tentatively called The Secret in Mossy Swamp. In this episode, a young boy goes missing in one of the deepest swamps near the Atchafalaya Basin. Of course there’s a legend that’s been told of something inhabiting those swamps besides the Rugarou. Nikki’s papa, who is a game warden, is assigned to help find the boy, but Nikki and her friends are on their own quest. To find the truth about Mossy Swamp.

4.  What do you like to do when not writing?

When not writing, I do face painting at summer and fall festivals. I also spend a lot of time doing genealogy.

5.  What kind of books do you like to read?

I love to read historical books. I also read lots of middle grade books. I am very interested in character voice, and love to discover new voices.

6.  What advice do you have for other authors?

It’s hard to find something new to say on this topic without sounding cliché. But the best advice is to never give up. You WILL get rejected. But if you write because you have something to say, and not write to please others, or to follow a trend, you will be happy in the end.


The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
The Curse at Pirate’s Cove
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Author website:
Twitter: @ritamonette

Thank you for visiting everyone! Rita, thank you for being my first author for the 2015 year!  Your books sound like they have one adventure after another.  I know many boys and girls will enjoy reading!  I bet quite a few adults get in on the action too!

Remember, parents, reading is important for your child.  Please take thirty minutes each night to read to your child or have your child read to you.  I promise your time will be valuable in so many ways!

Until next time,  read a book!  CLOSING BOOKS SHUTS OUT IDEAS

Sara Stinson


About sarastinson

Sara is the youngest child of three children. She grew up in a small town in Elba, Alabama. She grew up reading “The Nancy Drew” series. She also enjoyed reading over and over the “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” by Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis Figh. After retiring from teaching, her own children encouraged her to start writing. “Finger Bones” (Volume 1 and 2) was written. She is writing the third volume now. She has also written a Young Adult book called Night Owl. It's Book One from the Hally Witch Series and will be published in October 2015. She is currently working on another Young Adult book called Jordan - Circle of Fire. Her goal is to have it out by December 2015. Sara continues to substitute at nearby schools. She enjoys sharing her characters with her students. They have become her cheering squad along with her family.
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6 Responses to Meet a Cool Author-Rita Monette

  1. ritamonette says:

    Thanks for having me Sara! Yes, there are lots of adventures in the bayous and swamps of Louisiana!

  2. KC Frantzen says:

    GREAT fun to see our FURiend, Rita, featured today. She is TERRIFIC!
    Thanks for sharing her with the world, Sara. We enjoyed Ghost Dog Island and are eager to start Pirate’s Cove! #curseatpiratescove
    Rita shared her illustrating process with us too and we so enjoyed seeing the originals of her artwork. She is one *talented* lady, as you know.
    Happy reading, and writing!

    KC Frantzen

  3. sharonledwith says:

    Love Nikki and Snooper, Rita! Looking forward to reading their newest swamp mystery! Love the time traveling twist too. Best wishes for a best seller, big sis!

  4. sarastinson says:

    Thank you for dropping by, Sharon!

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