AuThursday – Rhonda Print

Please welcome fellow Liquid Silver Author Rhonda Print. 

Q. What inspired you to write your first book?

 I love to read and always wanted to write a fiction. When my children all went back to school, I thought, I can do this and began to fulfill my livelong dream of writing. After that the book just took on a life of it’s own.

 Q. Do you have a specific writing style?

 I try to put myself in my characters world. What would he or she do or say? Then I take it from there.

 Q. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 Wow. There are so many excellent authors to choose from and for different reasons. Nora Roberts writes great romance and family dynamics. Keri Arthur and Laurell K. Hamilton have strong female characters and I just finished reading a series by Kelley Armstrong that was awesome.

 Q. Who designed the covers?

 April Martinez and she absolutely nailed my vision of Ian Nightwalker and the way the characters relate to each other.

 Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 Okay, this may sound strange but the first thing that pops into my head is writing the query letters. The second was coming up with names that fit the personalities of the characters.

 Q. Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Write something that excites you. Don’t write to impress anyone but yourself. When I started this, my goal was to finish writing the book. Then I did and my goal changed to getting a publisher to look at, and so on and so on. I took each process one step at a time and had fun doing it, even when I wanted to pull my hair out. J My current goal is to finish writing book two of the series.

 Q:  How do you make time to write?

 I love this question because the answer is simple. I have a very understanding and supportive husband and children. I tried different scenarios, for example, I’ll try to write x many hours a day, or I’ll write from this time to this time. What really worked out was writing when I felt inspired, even if that means jotting down some notes in the grocery store or doctor’s waiting room. When an idea hits me, I try to get it on paper so I don’t forget it.

 Q. When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

 Definitely my characters! My husband and I attended the Tucson Festival of Books last year and there were two seminars that I wanted to take, both at the same time. So he went to one with a notebook and pen and I went the other. One of the speakers said that your characters should always be talking to you. Both of our reactions was the same, “how do you shut them up” I can even picture my characters when I’m not writing standing around doing nothing and saying “hey lady, you started this, tell us what to do next!” J

 Q. Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 I don’t know if it was a call. I just had the ideas and characters floating around my brain until I finally had to start writing. Once I did, it took on a life of it’s own.

Q. Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?  and!

Join me Saturday when we read an excerpt from Rhonda’s story Nightwalker.