About 10 years ago my husband and I set out to travel in an RV. We were fortunate to have a Bluebird and we towed our ford explorer. At first, I was apprehensive about traveling in an RV but now that I look back on the adventure I am happy I got over my fear and enjoyed the ride. We took thousands of pictures and saw so much of this country that you just have to see in person—the Grand Canyon will bring you to tears—wildlife—people you meet out on the road that you would not meet if you just stayed in your safe zone.
I would tell anyone to just do it but don’t wait.
It certainly has come full circle in that I am now writing a series and traveling in an RV is the setting for the series.
We hope to get back out on the road while we can but in a Tesla Cybertruck and one that is self-driving. I tried driving the Bluebird once and it was just too big to handle. It’s also like a boat you just don’t stop on a dime—you have to slow down and stop carefully.
This time it will be more of a destination instead of traveling all over the west. We will pick a location and stay there probably for most of the summer. At least that’s the plan and then head back to warm climate for the winter.
Like my character Mabel, I will need to learn to drive the Cybertruck or at least not freak out and be comfortable with self-driving. Probably something in the next 5 to 10 years we will see self-driving become more commonplace. Like cell phones and the internet. It will open the world for older adults who otherwise would have to give up driving and the independence that comes with driving a car.
The interesting thing was when we took off in the Bluebird, we stayed in a campground in Fort Lauderdale which is where my husband and I met and got married and we started our life almost 50 years ago. That’s where I decided it was time to write a book. So, I did in the city where it all began. I’m still writing and now camping with Mabel and Irma until I get back out on the road. You never know where life will take you—just keep moving.
Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: April 1, 2021
Solving a murder might raise her spirits. But will it spring her spectral friend from Purgatory?
Mabel Gold still isn’t sure what happened. Traded by her husband for a busty bimbo the same age as their youngest daughter, the feisty sixty-something rejects the retirement community and heads west in a vintage camper. But the RV comes complete with a ghost who needs a good deed to get into Heaven, and cracking open a homicide at their first stop in Savannah could give them both a new lease on life.
Determined to dig up the dirt on the dead wheeler-dealer, Mabel and her phantom companion tackle the crime. But with two rich dudes from Dubai, a Willie Nelson lookalike mobster, and a widow nicknamed The Barracuda all on the suspect list, conjuring up the truth could take a real live miracle.
Can Mabel catch the killer before she’s the next soul crashing the Pearly Gates?
Wheeler-Dealer is the high-spirited first book in the hilarious Ghost & Camper Kooky Mystery series. If you like golden-girl sleuths, zany characters, and sardonic humor, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s witty whodunit.
A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns and The Russian & Aunt Sophia and The House on Xenia. Last year when we entered the Twilight Zone Rita wrote the first two new novels in the Ghost & the Camper series. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband. When not writing she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries, or you can find her teaching SilverSneakers fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy. She loves connecting with readers. Visit her at www.RitaMoreau.com or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/RitaMoreauAuthor. She would love to hear from you.