Guest Post by Rita Lee Chapman
I had always enjoyed writing—in school I wrote long essays and even made up a couple of little books for my youngest brother. Over my working life I started a few chapters—but with no computer at home it was all done on a typewriter and I never finished a whole book. When I retired, I decided I was finally going to write that book that is in all of us!
The challenge then was to choose a topic to write about. I knew I wanted to write a mystery but that was all. Then I remembered our holiday in Egypt—it had made quite an impression. Egypt is a mysterious and intriguing country. Vast deserts and uninhabited areas, crowded cities, towering pyramids, and ancient tombs are all found in Egypt. The huge temples are still there for you to see and walk around—they are not piles of rubble as is the case in many countries. You can feel the grandeur walking amongst these towering reminders of yesteryear. Even today new tombs are being discovered, many still containing the sarcophagus and a myriad of valuable jewellery and antiques to sustain the deceased on their journey to the after life. What better place to set a mystery?
And so Missing in Egypt was born—Book #1 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series. Anna is employed as Personal Assistant to an Australian MP in the late 1980s. She is approached by a constituent of Egyptian descent to assist him in finding his brother, Ramy, who has disappeared whilst on holiday in Egypt. Anna falls in love with Kareem and travels to Egypt to help him in his search. The story line includes vivid descriptions of several Egyptian antiquities such as Abu Simbel, the Temple of Karnak, The Valley of the Kings, and the Pyramids. It also involves Anna in heartache and danger.
When I finished, I let out a big sigh of relief. Little did I know that the hardest part was still to come! I duly submitted my manuscript to a few publishing companies and sat back and waited. When no one came knocking at my door, I took a look at Amazon and made the decision to self-publish. I love the control and freedom that self-publishing provides (control freak?). I worked my way through the process and finally saw my book in print. What a feeling! However, then came the promotion and marketing. It is constant, time-consuming, and takes me away from writing the next book. However, the friends I have made along the way on websites like Goodreads and with local bookshop owners makes it all worthwhile.
Here’s a peek at Book 1 of Rita’s romantic travel mystery series
Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures.
Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday. The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search. Will they be able to track him down and find him alive—or is Ramy already dead? What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps? This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.
About the author
Rita Lee Chapman was born in London and moved to Australia in her early twenties. It was only when she retired that she wrote her first novel, Missing in Egypt, the first in the Anna Davies Mystery series. Missing at Sea is Book #2 in the series and Missing in London is Book #3. All can be enjoyed as stand-alone books.
When she’s not writing or reading, Rita enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and taking walks along the local beaches, lakes, and river.