Finding light within the darkness…
Rhonda Hopkins is an award-winning author of Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and Nonfiction for adults, teens/young adult, and middle grade. She uses her past experience as an investigator to craft characters that are diverse and full of life, along with situations that include the dark and the light side of humanity. Rhonda especially enjoys finding that light – the hope and spirit of survival in everyday people.
Rhonda’s nonfiction can be found at Navigating Family Court.
Okay, so here’s the unofficial version…
I’ve been reading since I was four. I read all the Nancy Drew Mysteries my library offered and promptly moved on to Stephen King. I really enjoy escaping into other worlds and exploring the unknown. So much so that I often got in trouble for reading under the covers with the flashlight at night. I still read every night and have read just about every genre, but my consistent favorites are horror, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. That goes for my movie choices as well. Yep. I’m a proud nerd.
I knew I loved writing after I created a short story in third grade for a class assignment. My mom still has a copy of How the Raccoon Got His Mask. I wrote off and on for my own pleasure, but I eventually stopped for a long while. Just not a lot of time then for extras. But, a friend encouraged me to start again and that was the beginning of my publishing career. I entered a few contests before I actually published just to make sure that my work was something others might enjoy. After winning and placing in several contests, I decided to give publishing a try. I’m so glad I did.
I live in a small town in Texas on five acres with cows, chickens, a dog (Ratatouille – don’t ask me, my niece named her!), and a cat (Katarina). We also have our share of wildlife (coyotes, foxes, possums, and skunks – pew!) that makes an appearance from time to time. But, I also live just a few miles from Fort Worth, so I feel like I have the best of both worlds – a peaceful small town within minutes of a big city.
Before I began publishing my books, I was an investigator for twenty years for the state and the family courts. I met all kinds of people and loved the interactions with folks from all walks of life. Sometimes things got a little (or occasionally a lot) scary. But there were humorous times, too. Oh, the stories I could tell… Oh, right – I do!
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