Today I’m excited to welcome author Rhonda Blackhurst as she shares about her latest release, Finding Abby. Read all the way through to the end to find out how to enter to win a free copy of Finding Abby.
Rhonda Blackhurst works as a Restitution Advocate in a District Attorney’s Office by day and lives vicariously through her characters at night. She’s the author of The Inheritance, Finding Abby, and the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime (National and Colorado Chapters) and an avid NaNoWriMo participant.
Author Interview Questions:
- What is your favorite vacation spot?
It used to be Riviera Maya, Mexico. There’s something about the Caribbean blue water, the food, the white sand, the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline, the food, the brilliant sunshine…and did I mention the food? The resort we stayed at each year had the most exquisite cuisine! Mouthwatering fresh fruit, including a variety of melons, fresh fish, omelets made fresh, sizzling as the chef slid them onto our plate, and to-die-for desserts. Even the coffee was better. I didn’t mind the plane or waiting in the airport, either. They were the perfect place to people-watch and develop the next character in a book. These days, however, my favorite vacation spot is much closer to home. A couple of years ago we purchased a cabin in Estes Park, a mere 1 ½ miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. My days are spent watching wildlife by the river from my living room sliding glass door, sitting in an Adirondack chair on the river’s edge journaling and working on my WIP, mountain hikes and walks around the lake as ideas percolate. There’s nothing like fresh air to get the creative juices flowing and to wake up my muse.
- What do you enjoy most about writing?
Truly, it depends on what I’m doing at that moment. Often you’ll hear about authors to love the get-it-all-down-fast of the first draft, where there’s no inner critic interfering in the process, just pure creativity, and they dislike the editing phase. Then you’ve got those who freeze up on the first draft—writer’s block, if you will—and love editing, refining their words, turning fool’s gold into pure golden nuggets. They both use such different parts of the brain, and I love them both. Perhaps I’m a bit obsessed with writing, but I can think of worse things to be obsessed with. The first draft is fun because I get to live vicariously through my characters. Life is never boring that way! The rewriting process makes me think more critically, giving me satisfaction that I’m making my story the best it can be.
- What can your readers expect from you next?
Shear Murder, the 4th in the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series, is in the embryonic stage. Also, after publishing five fiction books so far (The Inheritance, Shear Madness, Shear Deception, Shear Malice, and Finding Abby), I’m working on a non-fiction book about finding peace through gratitude. Gratitude is often stressed around Thanksgiving, but too often our mindset prevents us from finding gratitude in the humdrum of normal, everyday life. Even in the aftermath of trauma, it’s possible to seek—and find—gratitude. Each chapter in the book will contain a challenge for the reader to consciously practice, creating a new mindset, ultimately making gratitude a daily way of life. Eventually it will come naturally, and along the way, your life will be transformed. My goal is to have it out by Thanksgiving of this year.
But why not start gratitude right now? In the comments, name something that happened in your day, today, that you’re grateful for. Whoever leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Finding Abby.