Interview: Rhonda Burnaugh
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Today we interview author Rhonda Burnaugh. Enjoy!
Name: Rhonda Burnaugh
Latest Release: Released a trilogy in 2014
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rhonda Burnaugh has been a behavioral health professional for most of her life but her first passion was to be a writer. At home she volunteers with an animal rescue group in currently has a pack of five Chihuahuas to keep her company while she works. She has three grown children and eight grandchildren to keep her busy when she’s not writing.
1.What is your name (real or otherwise)? Rhonda Burnaugh
- Describe your writing style in three words. Contemporary dialogue, relaxed
- How long have you been writing? Seriously for 2 years.
- Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most? Character development, twisted plots
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. Use outlines for timelines.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t edit yourself!
- Who is your favorite author? Probably Nora Roberts. My writing style has been compared to hers, so I had to pick up her work and find out if it was true.
- How do you make time to write? I stay up late at night. Sometimes I write all night.
- When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? Like everyone in the world, I stay busy. I have 3 adult children and 8 grandkids who live within 15 minutes of my home. Plus, I have 5 chihuahuas, which is kind of like having 5 kids! I work with a Chihuahua rescue group.
- How do you discover the ebooks you read? My Kindle.
- Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Absolutely! It was a short story called Brink’s Jinx. It was science fiction and had a humorous edge. So, I entered it in a writing contest at Kent State University. (Midwest Writer’s Conference). I was shocked when I won 2nd place.
- What are your five favorite books, and why? I read a huge variety of genres. I enjoyed The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; classics like Wuthering Heights. Years ago I must have read Love Story by Erich Segal ten times. As a child, I loved Black Beauty, the Black Stallion series. Most recent read was Hades by Candice Fox.
- Describe your desk/writing space: I found a high table and chairs parked next to the dumpster. I live in a condo. So, I confiscated it, painted it back and placed it in a cozy corner in my living room. Perfect.
- Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? I grew up in central Illinois. My family lived in a park, so we were kind of isolated. My best friend was a bay mare named Dolly. I had imaginary friends and used to make up stories about them. Dolly was probably my first true fan because she politely listened to all my wonderful tales.
- When did you first start writing? In high school. My English teacher influenced me and introduced me to Shakespeare.
- Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you? Novels- usually around 80,000 words.
- Share one writing goal you have yet to meet. Recognition as an accomplished author.
- What is the greatest joy of writing for you? Writing is my therapy. I can work out emotions and resolve problems. I should probably tell you my day job is that I am a behavioral health nurse, so I hear a ton of stories every day.
- What do your fans mean to you? I feel so honored and humbled when people read my books and tell me they stayed up all night because they couldn’t put it down or cried for one of my characters. Just this week, I had someone ask me how everyone was doing (from my trilogy). That means the characters are real people to them and that I did a good job creating that for them. I also like it when they tell me to hurry up and write more. That really touches my heart.
- What are you working on next? This winter I finished a prequel to my trilogy and then started a whole new novel with all new characters- a whole new story. It is in edit right now.
Her trilogy is available on Amazon now in this order: