NIU Graduate and Entrepreneur Becomes Author
“Rita Dragonette deems her debut historical novel a designation intended to echo yet distinguish it from the typical coming of age experience.”
“Is there such a thing as legendary-level book marketing? You might think so after reading former PR exec/career consultant Rita Dragonette’s strategies for promoting her debut novel.”
#1 Book For Women In Their 50’s
"What I particularly love are the ceiling-high bookshelves that make me feel like one of Max Perkins’s clients from the ’20s or ’30s. Hey, we’re writers… we imagine!"
Judy’s journey mirrors Dragonette’s experience at NIU – arriving on campus as a nursing major on a U.S. Army scholarship.
A boomer takes us back to campus during Vietnam
So You’re a PR Pro Who Wants to Write a Novel? Six Tips to Make It Happen
Rita Dragonette's playlist for her novel The Fourteenth of September
Spotlight: The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette including an excerpt from the novel
How Stories Begin: I Was a Coward and Became a Writer
One Question: Rita Dragonette
Rita Dragonette’s new novel explores coming-of-age conflicts, conscience, war
Author ventures into territory not yet claimed
Debut Novelist Rita Dragonette Writes Female-Focused, Coming-Of-Age Vietnam-Era Story
Looking Back and Looking Up: How Feminism Has Reshaped Youth Activism
Five Reasons Why the Vietnam War as a Subject for Fiction Is Viable Again – Debut Novelist Makes Her Case
Where Readers and Writers Meet: featured interview of author Rita Dragonette
“I asked Dragonette questions about her motivation for writing the novel, if it was cathartic to have written the events in fiction, and how her story relates to the current youth-led protests.”
Interview for Cooper’s blog series “Inside the Emotion of Fiction.”
The Ms. Q&A: How Rita Dragonette Came of Conscience
“I adore this great novel, with great writing. It’s hard to believe this is a first novel.”
Rita Dragonette with William Kenower on Author2Author
NIU's Days of Rage: Alum returns to campus to debut Vietnam-era novel
The story is beautifully written with compassionate and thoughtful narrative and engaging characters who play out all the angst of the era set on a Midwestern college campus when America was at its most vulnerable.
The Long Walk to The Fourteenth of September: From the Classrooms of the Writer’s Studio to the Prairie Paths of the Ragdale Foundation
Sharing a fascinating interview with Christine Maul Rice of Hypertext Magazine. Best interview questions ever!
Page 69 Test: The Fourteenth of September
A Q&A with Rita Dragonette
Author Rita Dragonette discusses her compelling debut novel
“A story with the same emotional intensity for a woman as for a man at the time.”
WBZ's Laurie Kirby speaks with author Rita Dragonette about her first novel about the Vietnam War.
The Fourteenth of September featured book on ‘For Women Who Like To Read’
Worth Reading: Interview with Author Rita Dragonette
Meet Rita Dragonette, Author in Streeterville
Interview with Deborah Siegel, PhD, principal of Girl Meets Voice
The Fourteenth of September official book trailer featured video on BookTrib
Happy to be a part of the 2018 Author Challenge for the Guild Literary Complex.
The Fourteenth of September: “The ultimate boomer holiday book gift”
A story that speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, feminism, and war and offers an inquiry into the domestic politics of protest.
Can’t-Miss Fall Literary Events with Chicago Writers
The Fourteenth of September is a Publishers Weekly select new book.
Rita Dragonette featured on “People on the Move”