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RELEASE DAY: RITA WRITES available today

RITA WRITES by Rita Smith and illustrated by Lauren Murphy-Larsen…

…is available today from 11th Dimension Press.  Canadian Author Rita Smith brings together a collection of her favourite columns written for her hometown newspaper.  Rita offers anecdotes and advise about real people and real problems, the sort faced by everyday people in their everyday lives.  And you won’t believe the characters you’ll meet!

Introducing Father o’ Flynn…

Rita’s beloved husband, boat nerd, treasure hunter, political activist, and mannequin aficionado.FOF

Meet Hare-brained Hilda…

One of Rita’s dearest friends, world traveler, pursuer of new-age medicine, and all around klutz.



And, of course, Rita herself…

Mom, grandma, writer, and dreamer.



RITA WRITES is illustrated by Lauren Murphy-Larsen of

Currently, RITA WRITES is available from AMAZON.COM or from the 11th Dimension Press Bookstore, but it will soon be available from all your favourite book retailers!

COVER REVEAL: The Cover of RITA WRITES & Introducing Lauren Murphy-Larsen, Illustrator

We’re just a little more than a week away from the release of RITA WRITES, 11th Dimension Press’ second release by Canadian author Rita Smith.  We are VERY excited.  The big day is…

August 1, 2015

Aside from her husband, lovingly referred to as Father o’ Flynn, Rita Smith is perhaps one of the most recognizable figures in the small Niagara Region community of Thorold. For most of the nineteen nineties Rita’s columns were a mainstay in the local newspaper offering common sense advice for common people’s problems and a good dose of laughter. RITA WRITES brings together all Rita’s favourites with vibrant and funny illustrations by Lauren Murphy-Larsen.

Introducing Lauren Murphy-Larsen

Lauren has lived all of her life in Southern Ontario and now calls Guelph her home.  Lauren enjoys all things creative; she is a self-taught artist, who uses her flare for creativity in everything she does: Lauren is an award winning hairstylist, make-up artist, and face painter, dance instructor, and has played a number of roles in local theatrical productions.  event planner, entertainment as a face painter.  Illustrating has always been a dream of hers of Lauren’s and she is very proud of the work she has done for RITA WRITES.

And so, without further ado!  Here is the cover of Rita Smith’s RITA WRITES by illustrator, Lauren Murphy-Larsen:


Check-out Lauren’s Original Designs for more information about Lauren and her business…