Introducing tonight's WiHM guest...
Best-selling and award-winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned first-hand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money.
Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda's imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes Horror, Suspense, Paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy.
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Rhonda Hopkins Interview
What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
Well, when I'm not writing, reading, or watching those, I'm spending time with my family. I'm fortunate that we're so close-knit. Of course that means everyone's always in everyone else's business, too. But the trade-off is worth it. My sister is my best friend; although, I'm not sure I would have ever thought that would happen when we were younger and trying to kill each other every other day. :-)
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you draw the inspiration from? Favourite characters? Tell us something unusual.
My SURVIVAL series is set in Fort Worth, Texas and I use my knowledge of the courthouses and jails from my days as an investigator to give the current "safe" area realism. Of course, I had to do a little fictional modifying to make the courthouse work for what I needed. For instance, the courthouse I'm using in the story does not have a cafeteria; although, I lobbied for one when they were building it. :-)
I also have twin nieces and I use some of their likenesses and differences for my main characters, Sarah and Dana. Don't tell them that though or they'll probably demand some of the royalties. LOL
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What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
I'm currently working on the second in the SURVIVAL series: DEAD OF WINTER. If all goes as planned, it should be out by the first of April.
I'm also working on a paranormal suspense novel, DEADLY REUNION and plan to start a new YA urban fantasy series soon called GEMINI PROPHECY. I've got a lot of writing to do in the near future!
What makes you want to write about dystopia/the apocalypse and or horror?
I've always loved the horror genre. I guess I owe that to my grandmother. I would spend most of my weekends with her growing up and we'd settle in with our popcorn and watch whatever horror classic was on. I really miss her!
I started reading Stephen King very young and I just haven't been able to get enough of the genre since. I love that creepy sensation and the adrenaline from the fear that good writers can evoke. So, writing dark fiction just came naturally and I hope I'm able to share those senses with my readers as well.
But, as much as I love reading about zombies and other dystopian fiction, I never planned to write a zombie story. It wasn't until author TW Brown asked me to write something for a charity anthology (LET'S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH) that the idea came to me for SURVIVAL. It was only supposed to be a one-time creation. However, I loved writing about the characters and zombies so much, I decided to continue their story.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
A little of both. I don't have a large stock-pile, but I'm prepared for a short-time period which is good for any emergency. And of course I have my weapons for self-defense. With my luck, I figure the apocalypse will happen when I'm nowhere near my emergency supplies, so I've thought about what I would do if that happened and I have a plan. But we all know that during chaos, carefully crafted plans can and usually do go awry. So we have to be prepared to just "wing it" to survive.
I believe that the horror genre is way more accepting of female horror writers now, what’s your take on it.
Absolutely! And thank goodness. :-) I don't recall very many female horror writers in the past. But maybe that was just because of the way the established publishers and book stores marketed books. With many authors now going the indie route, we have many more authors to choose from. I've been fortunate to find a great deal of new authors that I absolutely love. Lots of women that can create that visceral feeling I talked about before. Women like Eli Constant, Billie Sue Mosiman, Alexie Aaron, and of course, Claire C. Riley -- just to name a few.
Happy reading my little book whores!
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