How a Holiday Gone Awry Inspired this Mystery Novel by Rita Lee Chapman


An Interview with Mystery Novelist Rita Lee Chapman

  1. What inspired you to write this book?

My latest book, Missing in France, was inspired by a holiday in the South of France in 2018.

2. What kind of research did you need to do to write this book?

I needed to check my memory on some of the places we had visited in Southern France, but that was easy to do with so many options on Google.

3. What was the biggest hurdle you struggled with while writing this book?

No hurdles with this one!

4. How long did it take you to complete this book?

I’m retired and writing is my hobby, so I always take a few months to write, edit and format..

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

The importance of editing.

6. What makes this book unique?

It was written by me! 

7. What do you think makes a good story?

Characters you can engage with and a surprise ending.

8. What kind of books do you typically read?

I read quite a wide range of books; detective stories, mystery, historical romance, memoirs and biographies.

9. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like to throw in a few red herrings.

10. What type of reader would you recommend this book to?

Anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

11. Who was the biggest influence on your writing journey?

My mother – she is always wanting to read my next book.

12. What do you do when you aren’t writing?

Apart from reading, I play tennis three times a week, walk the beach and entertain friends.

13. What are you working on now?

The last book in the Anna Davies Mystery Series.

14. Where can people find you and your book?

Amazon, our local libraries and on my website at

15. Do you have any suggestions or words of encouragement for aspiring writers to complete the book they’ve always dreamed of writing?

Just do it!  Now that you can self-publish there is no reason for your hard work to remain in a drawer.

Missing in France by Rita Lee Chapman

About the Author

Rita Lee Chapman

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.  This was followed by Missing at Sea, Missing in London and Missing in France. All can be enjoyed as stand-alone books.

Winston – A Horse’s Tale was written for horse lovers like herself.  “It was the book I had to write.”

Dangerous Associations and The Poinciana Tree are crime mysteries. 


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