Meet Rita

Welcome to my blog. I'm so glad you've found me here and hope that you will gain something from your visit!

I am an Australian with an English, Scottish and Jewish heritage. In my childhood, Grandma and I invented adventure stories to entertain us while mum worked. And dear Gran had several short stories published in a popular womens' magazine. My artistic mother also encouraged me, and I spent after-school hours writing little poems in the children's section of the Sunday papers. This kept me in pocket money. And so the writing seed was planted.

After high school I became a student at Sydney's National Art School where I fully committed my life to the Lord Jesus. During this time my family built up a pottery studio and I eventually worked there as a ceramic artist. We were excited when my work was shown in a prestigious down-town boutique.

A few years later I met a fiery young violinist, George Elias Galieh, at a Youth For Christ rally. When we first spoke together and shared ideas, sparks flew!  He was also a member of a quartet and the announcer of YFC's radio program. Maybe the Lord whispered in his ear, because he challenged me to use my art for the Lord. And best of all, we began singing together, and have been ever since.

Two years after we married, we attended the Emmaus Bible College and prepared to serve the Lord wherever He might lead us. We weren't practical, but desired to use our talents in evangelism for His glory.We have worked with evangelists Dr Gene Jeffries, Dr Billy Graham, and Luis Palau. And since then, we formed a musical ministry which includes our own gospel songs - now on CD. We are also involved in a radio ministry, COMMUNICATION, an Australia-wide Christian program which is also broadcast over HCJB, Missionary Radio.

I've always nurtured a longing to pack truth, faith, and emotion into my stories, and I do it in a way that not only entertains but also inspires. My characters face conflict, struggle in their faith, make mistakes, but always grow. It is my prayer that each will find its way into my readers' hearts.  Proverbs 3:5,6.