I am honored to have Rita on the blog today. I came to know of Rita’s books when I read Wheeler-Dealer, the first book in a brand new cozy mystery featuring a sixty-something recent divorcee Mabel Gold and a ghost from purgatory named Irma. The second book in the series, Murder on the Honky-Tonk Row, is releasing today. Ghost and Camper Kooky Mystery series is a fun and quirky cozy series. If you are a cozy mystery fan, be sure to give this series a read.
Hello Rita and welcome to my blog, The Book Decoder. Please tell me and my readers about yourself.
Rita Moreau is the author of the Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery series and the Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery series.
A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns and The Russian & Aunt Sophia and The House on Xenia. Last year when we entered the Twilight Zone Rita wrote the first two new novels in the Ghost & the Camper series. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband. When not writing she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries, or you can find her teaching SilverSneakers fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy.
Tell us about the Ghost and Camper Kooky Mystery series.
Wheeler-Dealer is the high-spirited first book in the hilarious Ghost & the Camper kooky mystery series. If you like golden-girl sleuths, zany characters, and sardonic humor, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s witty whodunit.
Solving a murder might raise her spirits. But will it spring her spectral friend from Purgatory?
Mabel Gold still isn’t sure what happened. Traded by her husband for a busty bimbo the same age as their youngest daughter, the feisty sixty-something rejects the retirement community and heads west in a vintage camper. But the RV comes complete with a ghost who needs a good deed to get into Heaven, and cracking open a homicide at their first stop in Savannah could give them both a new lease on life.
Determined to dig up the dirt on the dead wheeler-dealer, Mabel and her phantom companion tackle the crime. But with two rich dudes from Dubai, a Willie Nelson lookalike mobster, and a widow nicknamed The Barracuda all on the suspect list, conjuring up the truth could take a real live miracle.
Can Mabel catch the killer before she’s the next soul crashing the Pearly Gates?
When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I’m not sure but when I was in the 8th grade, I won a writing contest. I majored in journalism when I first went to college but then switched to accounting. My mother always inspired me to write. She never gave up on her dreams.
What does a day in Rita Moreau’s life look like?
Quiet. Up at about 6 and then I write or attempt to write. Early is better.
Has the pandemic affected your writing schedule? If yes, how?
Yes. It kept me from finding excuses to do other things than write – “Oh look, laundry!”
What are you currently working on?
Murder in the Badlands – book 3 – in the Ghost and Camper series. I hope to get back to my Mary Catherine Mahoney series after that book is complete. I miss those characters.