Friday Feature: Interview with Wanda Sterling from Caught in the Middle by Rita Delude

Rita Delude is a writer of many colors. I am very honored to have the opportunity to interview with her and one of her characters.

The interview

Name: Wanda Sterling, a secondary character in and the protagonist in Caught in the Middle
Occupation: Nurse
Age: 35

1.What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My baby girl, Isabella Hannah Sterling, who we call Bella.

  1. What is your best physical feature?

My smile. My husband, Joe, says I light up a room and his life when I smile.

  1. What is your most treasured possession?

My nursing degree. I worked really hard to earn it. Classes were hard. Clinicals were fascinating but grueling. I was so proud of myself to finish the program and earn my RN.

  1. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Joe Sterling and I have been sweethearts since high school. We’ve been married seven years. I love him with all the love a wife can give, but now baby Bella has grown my heart bigger, and I have room for her to fit in there with just as much love from me as he has.

  1. What is your favorite journey?

Life. I live it to the fullest every day. I’ve surrounded by my family and friends and co-workers as much as possible. There’s always something happening in our crazy world.

  1. What is your most marked characteristic?

My big, beautiful booty. I can shake that thing like only a wild woman can.

  1. Define happiness and share your happiest memory.

Happiness is having dreams and working to make them come true. We dreamed of being married and it happened. We dreamed of a house of our own and worked to get it. We dreamed of having at least one child and along came Bella. My happiest memory is of when they place her in my arms after the delivery. I felt complete.

  1. What is it that you most dislike?

People who abuse kids. I see a lot of that shit happening when little kids come in at the hospital.

  1. 9. What is your greatest fear?

I’m terrified of rats.

  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Purses. I’ve got a collection of over 100. Joe says I’m wasting money. “But, Honey,” I tell him, “a lady’s got to accessorize.” And he laughs. He’s got a few extravagances of his own.

  1. Who do you most despise?

Child abusers.

  1. What is your greatest regret?

Not going to nursing school sooner. I spent several years working as a waitress before making the leap.

  1. Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be able to decorate like my sister Alyssa. She’s an interior designer. Does fabulous work. Do you want her number?

  1. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My addiction to sweets. Give me one M & M, and I want the whole one-pound bag.

  1. What do you most value in your friends?

Loyalty and the willingness to be there for me when I need them like I’m there for them.

  1. Who do you most admire?

My best friend, Janice Hartigan. She was my English teacher in college. We’re now BFF’s. She’s smart, charming, kind, loyal, and drop dead gorgeous.

  1. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Modesty. If you’ve got talent, tell the world. How else are they going to know?

  1. Which words or phrases are you known for?

“I’m going to get me some somethin’, somethin’,” meaning sex with my Joe.

“If you get my drift…”

  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My weight. I’d like to get back to my before pregnancy weight. It’s not realistic to get back to my high school weight, but that would be sweet.

About the Books:

They say there are plenty of fish in the water. But they don’t warn you about the sharks, carps, and bottom feeders that thrive there.

When college professor Janice Hartigan joins a dating site called, she’s unprepared for how rough the waters can be.

With her best friend, Wanda, helping to steer the ship, Janice tackles her painful past and uncertain future.

Will she be able to slacken the line enough to throw back the memories that haunt her? Will she reel in the big tuna this time? Will she hook a keeper or give up all together?

Caught in the Middle:

Wanda and Joe Sterling have been passionately, happily married for seven years. Janice and Ron Weaver love them both and model their marriage after the Sterling’s.

When trouble shakes the relationship, the friends find themselves caught in the middle of love. Yet they believe despite the ups and downs, twists and turns, love and honest friendship will prevail.
Caught in the Middle, the sequel to, follows true friends and lovers through the peaks and valleys that make genuine love a roller coaster ride to happiness.

Interview with the author

1.What’s the most inspiring part of where you live?

New Hampshire is a gorgeous state with access to mountains, the ocean, lakes, rivers, and, where I am, one mile from the action in Boston. So, we’ve got it all.

  1. Where did the idea for this story come from? was inspired by my sister who found the love of her life on an internet dating site. Since I love fishing, I created a fishing-themed site and set a college professor off to find romance there. She found lots of nibbles on the site, but some were misses and some were messes before she hit the big tuna she was hoping for in

The sequel to came from the request of fans, who enjoyed the feisty personality of a secondary character in named Wanda so much that they wanted more of her. Caught in the Middle features Wanda in all her larger-than-life wonderfulness as she struggles with the ups and downs of married life with her husband, Joe in Caught in the Middle.

  1. How long did it take you to write it? took about two years.

Caught in the Middle took about nine months.

  1. Which character has etched its way into your heart and why?

Wanda Sterling because she’s feisty, big-hearted, loveable, and just a wonderful person to know. I wish she was my friend.

  1. What are you working on now?

I just finished my first YA (Young Adult) novella called Bubble Gum Love about two guys interested in the same girl and all the facets of teen angst of love plus some racial issues and familial problems. It releases July 27, 2019.

Next up, I’m working on several short stories for these anthologies: Beyond Oz, Beyond Wonderland, Bending Time, Art Inspires Words Vol. 4, Classic Twists, and Beyond Mirrors.

In August my novella, Dracula’s Choice releases. It’s a paranormal romance.

In the fall, I’ll be publishing a YA novel called Bully. In December, the third of my Escape series books will release. It has yet to be named. The first two are Kaleidoscope and Baby Blues.

(I created the sequel to Kaleidoscope, called Baby Blues, which features two teens, Barbara and Derek, who have nothing and are friended by Alice and Scott from Kaleidoscope, who have everything, but what they most desire. By meeting, they share the most precious love of all—mother’s love in Baby Blues

I work various projects on different days depending on what inspires me that day or what I’ve got new ideas for. I write every day, but find that if I have more than one project in the works, it gives me options to choose from. It helps prevent writer’s block.

6. Where does your writing inspiration come from?

When people ask where I get my ideas from, I explain that I get them from living a long life with fascinating people. I draw from my four children’s experiences and those of their friends, from my four siblings’ experiences and those of their children and friends, from co-workers, people I meet at the grocery store, those I overhear at a restaurant. Ideas are everywhere. You just have to be quiet enough to listen. Store them away for future use. Stir the ideas together in a pot as though making a hearty chicken soup, and viola, you have a story with spice, character, substance, variety, and good taste.

I’ve written dozens of short stories in genres including vampires, sci-fiction, paranormal, romance, and horror, but prefer writing contemporary romance the most because I believe in the happily-ever- after possibility and feel that most people do as well. Whatever genre I write, my stories are relationship stories about how people get along or don’t and how they treat each other or should, and I hope they entertain my readers enough to want to come back for another dip at the well of my writing another time or two or more.

Coming soon will be two YA books: Bubble Gum Love and Lollipop Lure, two  contemporary romances: Adam’s Anguish, which is the sequel to Baby Blues and Chance Meeting, Dracula’s Choice, and Hoarder, a contemporary story that proves that sometimes what looks like crazy is just a cry for love.

About the Author:

Rita Delude has loved writing all her life. She wrote magazine articles, newspaper articles, and a weekly news column for two decades. And she taught writing at the college level for almost two decades. It’s only recently that she’s ventured into fiction writing, but her collection of novellas, novels, and short stories is rapidly growing.

She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their rescue dog, Daisy.

You may also enjoy these Rita Delude works:


Baby Blues, the sequel to Kaleidoscope

Caught in the Middle, the sequel to

“Confessional Crimes” in Absolution Anthology

“No Question” in Breakup or Makeup Anthology

“Before the Ball Drops” in Kissing Midnight Anthology

“Secret Santa” in Christmas Past Anthology

“Little Girl” in Art Inspires Words Anthology

“Arresting” in TTYS Anthology

“Crazy About Her” in Crazy About Love Anthology

“No Warrior Left Behind” in War Paint Anthology

“Purgatory” in Insane Insomnia Anthology

“Batman and Robin” in What’s Your Superpower? Anthology What’s your superpower?

“Hoarder” in Crazy Fools crazy fools

“Bridges Burned” in Vague Post Anthology

“Little Green Men” in Moonstruck Anthology

“At First Sight” in Craving: One Night Anthology

“Schooling Sara” in Getting Schooled Anthology

“Emilia” in Dracula’s Brides Anthology

“Turned” in A Deadly World: Vampires in New York Anthology

“Vive la Resistance” in A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris Anthology

“Falling for You” in Falling for Crazy Anthology

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