Roberta C.M. DeCaprio
1950 I was born with a birth injury, left to navigate through life
using canes (and in recent years occasionally a wheelchair). Not being
able to run and play as the other children could, I turned to books for
fun and adventure. The words on each page swept me away, cultivating an
imagination I would come to call upon in the years that followed.
Reading begets writing, and even at a young age I was composing poems,
writing short stories, and even plays . . . using paper dolls and sock
puppets as characters to act out the story's scenes. Reading was the
first factor that inspired me to be a writer.
My most favorite
television show during the 50's was THE LONE RANGER. I loved watching
westerns with my father, but many of the other shows portrayed Indians
as ruthless heathens....except for THE LONE RANGER. Clayton Moore played
the part of the masked hero, and Jay Silverheels was his trusted
friend, Tonto. A different side of the Native Americans was brought into
view, and it made a huge impression on me. I actually met Clayton Moore
in 1958, and he gave me a silver bullet shell as a memento of our
meeting. Thirty years later, in 1988 I had the opportunity to meet him
again, showed him the silver bullet shell (which I still have), and he
remembered me immediately. I also explained to him how his show inspired
me to write my first novel, THE GOLDEN LADY (released in 2009 by The
Wild Rose Press), which told the story of a white woman falling in love
with and marrying an Apache Warrior in 1864. THE LONE RANGER & TONTO
were the second factor that inspired me to be a writer.
HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR ENEMY? the tag line for THE
GOLDEN LADY read. And indeed, during 1864 the white man and red man were
at war with each other. Using factual accounts, my fictional characters
struggled through all odds, true love prevailing. And here lies the
third factor that inspired me to be a writer . . . the late, great,
romance author, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. After reading her novel, A ROSE
IN WINTER, I knew exactly how to write the story of my heart's desire.
But it would take 25 years for THE GOLDEN LADY to be available to the
public. It just goes to show you what can happen when you never give up
on something you believe in.
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