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Frequently appearing on blog talk radio, Rita read a segment from Alterations on "The Author's Corner" for Public Radio. She has guested on "The Writer's Dream," LTV, and "The Amy Beth Arkway Show." When interviewed On Morgen Bailey's, Author Spotlight, Rita talked about the similarities between interior design and writing. "it's still creativity at work," she said. Writing is another form of design. "In rooms, you put fabrics and furnishings together, aiming for that perfect note of color, texture and scale. Everything arranged in a way that instantly strikes the eye as a balanced whole. Writing a book is similar, except that instead of objects, you put people and plot together to create that balance. A world made with words.

Rita began her diverse career as an interior designer, enjoying the position of coordinator of the Interior Design/Decorating Certificate Program at Queensborough Community College for twenty years. She remains on the faculty teaching courses in design, decorative arts and creative writing.

The publication of her novel, Lily Steps Out (Penumbra 2012)—twelve years in the making—earned “Published & Proud,” a feature article in Newsday’s Act II, followed by “Rita Steps Out,” in the Times Ledger. Her short stories appeared in many literary journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, before they were included in the collection, Alterations (Penumbra 2013).

As a sought after speaker, Rita has presented at libraries and synagogues, at Hofstra University and CW Post Hutton House, on topics as varied as decorative arts, interior design, the talk, "Writing and Publishing in the Modern Age, or So You've Written a Book; Now What?" and "Coco Chanel ~ The Woman-The Legend." She is the

book reviewer for the Fire Island News.

Rita  Plush