Today is Entangled Publishing day at the café! I have some interviews, starting with Rita Oberlies, and a review of one of Entrangled’s romance offerings. Let’s get things kicked off by asking Rita a few questions.
Rita Oberlies is the author of Second Chances, and it features one of my favorite romance tropes. I never get tired of reunion/second chance stories. There’s an added depth to the protagonists’ relationship, and so many issues to work through before they find their HEA. Let’s see what Rita has to say about Second Chances, and after the interview, enter for a chance to win a digital copy!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Rita Oberlies] A snark loving chocoholic who is addicted to family, books, Cape Cod, NCIS, Castle, sports, drug store lipstick and diet Dr. Pepper.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Second Chances?
[Rita Oberlies] Second Chances is about a young couple, Brenna and Luke, who connect on many different levels when they meet for the first time in college. Although they develop a loving relationship there are trust issues that prevent them from ever really seeing the ‘whole’ person. Ultimately they fall apart when one feels betrayed and the other feels blindsided by a family scandal. Six years later they’re back together in the same city. Luke wants a second chance and Brenna wants to avoid another crushing blow to her heart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Rita Oberlies] I’m drawn to second chance at love stories. I think part of that stems from the constant barrage of high profile breakups we hear about in the news. It’s depressing to see couples fall apart. I always wonder what if they’re making a mistake. What if they just need time apart? If circumstances put them in the path of each other again, would they find a way to make it work?
This story is about giving a couple another opportunity to get it right with the person they belong with.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Brenna?
[Rita Oberlies] Independent, intelligent, kind
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Luke would never have in his bedroom?
[Rita Oberlies] Playboy magazine, a live plant, satin sheets
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Brenna’s single most prized possession?
[Rita Oberlies] Oh, that’s a tough question because she doesn’t really own many things. Can I cheat and say her grandmother? Wait there is something that I included that was just a subtle reference in the story. She kept a pair of Luke’s sweatpants from college in her bureau. This piece of clothing went with her when she moved to Florida and came back when she returned to Boston. It was one small sign that she hadn’t really let go of Luke or their past together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Rita Oberlies] I grew up in a family where reading was considered the best hobby in the world. Every room in our house was stuffed with books and newspapers. By the time I was in the fourth grade I was already reading over a hundred books a year. My desire to write stems directly from my admiration for what other authors have created. I’m inspired and influenced every time I pick up a book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Rita Oberlies] I need my laptop, a room with a window, and candy bars – oodles of candy bars.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Rita Oberlies] This will probably sound ridiculous but a lot of books knock my socks off. I’ve read three books this week that I absolutely loved.
· Easy by Tammara Webber
· Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry
· Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight (I reread this every so often because it’s an amazing story)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Rita Oberlies] Back in fifth grade my teacher let me borrow her copy of “From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg and I devoured it in one afternoon. Last year I reread it when my son was doing a school writing project and I fell in love with it all over again.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Rita Oberlies] My boys are still at an age where they like to do things with their parents (thank goodness) so we spend a lot of family time playing sports, watching movies, and hanging out at the Apple store. During the school year I also spend quite a bit of time volunteering at their school library or assisting with extracurricular academic programs. If I have alone time I almost always spend it with my Kindle.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Rita Oberlies] Readers can visit my website where they’ll find links to my blog, email and Twitter accounts. Reader feedback is just about the coolest part of getting published. I still send emails to my favorite authors – although now I try to pretend that I’m a mature reader and not a raving fangirl.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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Rita Oberlies grew up in the Boston area, the youngest in a family of six children. At an early age she developed an addiction to books, baseball and the beaches of Cape Cod.
After graduating from Villanova University with a degree in English, Rita spent almost a decade pursuing a professional career in Employee Development. With the arrival of two children, Rita began writing stories during those brief periods of time when her young sons were sleeping.
Today Rita resides in Western New York with her husband, their young boys, and a pair of adopted shelter dogs. Despite her best efforts, she remains addicted to books, baseball and the beaches of Cape Cod. Her novel, Second Chances, is her third published book.
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