Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Bachelor's Club by Rhonda Gibson

I've known Rhonda for a long time. Actually, her first sale was for the novella collection Scraps of Love. I was on that writing team. I've loved knowing her. You will, too.

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

I’d say that a small part of myself goes into each heroine. Her likes/dislikes, hobbies, beliefs, and some mannerisms.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I guess you could call bursting out in song quirky. I do that all the time and sometimes it’s just embarrassing. Especially when it was in front of my children’s youth director, in my nightclothes, waving a wand, and the song is, “J.C. Pennies, donin' it right!” Email me, and I’ll tell you all about it, if your interested.

That invitation should flood your mailbox with mail. When did you first discover that you were a writer?

The first time I picked up a Hardy Boys novel. I fell in love with them and wanted to write one of their stories. I wrote a 400 page handwritten Hardy Boys book when I was 12 years old. It’s been lost over the years but it was a great beginning for me!

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

I enjoy romance, mystery, childrens/tween books, westerns, fantasy, and some sci-fi. Horror isn’t something I enjoy. I’m a chicken at heart.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?

Published: I have written both contemporary and historical romance. Plus, God allowed me to contribute to a non-fiction book. Feel free to check out the titles at

Unpublished: Cozy romantic mysteries, contemporary and historical romance, a tween book, and a cookbook.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

I spend time in the Word that alone makes any day run smoother. I also have a schedule I try to stay within.

How do you choose your characters’ names?

Some of my characters come with names. For the others, I have been known to look online for popular names of certain time periods. I have a baby name book that I can refer to, and I chose family members names.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Without a doubt my children, they are both men and women of God, and for that I am most thankful!

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

A dolphin. They swim in cool water all day. Play and have fun and can eat whatever they want. Best of all, they bring joy into peoples lives. That’s what I’d like to do.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican. I love hot, spicy meals.

I love Mexican food, too, but probably not as hot as you do. What would you like to tell us about the featured book?

The Bachelor Club is a special book. The group of authors who wrote this book with me, Bev Huston, Janet Spaeth (a very special friend), and Kathleen Y’Barbo allowed me to pattern one of the main characters, Willard Lovelace, after my dad, Willard McConnell. So it is very special to me. The Bachelor Club is a book about a game four little boys started and how it turned into a competition to see who would wait the longest to get married. This is a fun book set in my home state of New Mexico.

Rhonda, thank you for spending this time with us. We'll be on the lookout for all your books.

Readers, remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this fun book.


Susan Page Davis said...

Fun interview, Rhonda and Lena! I've read The Bachelor Club, and it's a very cute book. Well written and a nice escape. Love you both, Susan

Rhonda said...

Thanks Susan!

I was offline all last week and didn't realize Lena had posted this! Thanks Lena!!

Anonymous said...

Great interview, Lena and Rhonda! I love Rhonda's work and can't wait until her historical HP comes out!!! God bless you both!

Aaron McCarver

Sherry Lowery said...

I really enjoyed Rhonda's book The Bachelor's Club. It was a fun read. Just what I needed at the time. A good laugh or two. I also enjoyed the interview.

Anonymous said...

I've read the book and enjoyed it! I can't wait for more from Rhonda. Good luck in everything you do.

Rhonda said...

Thanks Aaron and Sherry!!
It's nice to know your books make others laugh! I appreciate the compiments. You two are awesome!!

Debra Doggett said...

What a great interview. Rhonda is such a generous writer (and great friend). I highly recommend The Bachelor Club.
Debbie Doggett

Melinda Baron said...

I loved reading the interview. Rhonda and I have never met which I hope to change this June if given the chance to do lunch or dinner with her...I have yet to read any of her books..just don't have time..need to manage my scheduel differently. Love your whole website. Love, Melinda B. Memphis, Tn

Laura said...

Hey Rhonda,

Great interview. I like your writing but I like you even more. You're a great online buddy. Scraps and Bachelor Club are great books.

Jean said...

Hi Lena & Rhonda

Couldn't we have gotten some juicy tidbits on Rhonda to inform her readers of what a nut she is? I mean the girl drives a scooter for pity's sake. Of course she CAN write, so I guess we'll let the juicy stuff slide this time. I like these interviews, Lena.

Rhonda said...

Hey Melinda! Great to see you stoped by. I'm looking forward to meeting you in June also.

Laura, you are a sweetheart and I enjoy being around you too... just wish we lived closer.

Alright Jean! I confess, I do drive a scooter. But, you should see Jean cruise around on a golf cart. Now that is funny. And for the record my "scooter" is a Honda Helix... way cool.

This is great fun Lena!!

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Laura, I'll say thank you, too, since one of the stories in Scraps is mine.

Those of you who haven't been here before, come back. We have a new interview weekly.

Audra said...

What a fun interview and the book sounds interesting. :)

Deborah Vogts said...

Hi Rhonda & Lena. I haven't read this book yet, so I'm eager to win the prize. LOL. It sounds wonderful.

ScrollSquirrel said...

Awesome interview, ladies!


Kristy Dykes said...

Great interview, Rhonda. Thanks for bringing it to us, Lena. I enjoyed reading it and learning a little more about you, Rhonda. God bless--

Cindy Woodsmall said...

What a fun interview and you're a brave woman to be willing to share a story privately via e-mail.

The sack over the groom's head is too cute. LOL. Poor guy.

Great to "see" you again, Rhonda.



Grace Bridges said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I'd love to read it. Also a very well done interview - good job!

Rhonda said...

Thanks everyone! You all are awesome!

Nancy said...

Excellent interview!
Now I REALLY want to read the book!

Lindsey Freitas said...

Great interview! I'd love to read the book!

Feel free to enter me in the book drawing. :-)


Carolynn W. said...

Great interview, I'm really looking forward to reading the book!

Rhonda said...

Hey guys,

Thank you all so much for coming by. If you want to win more free books, feel free to go to my webpage, sign the guest book (that will get you in some drawings from me) and join my newsletter where I give away even more books. I learned this from my dear friend Lena, she is very generous with her books. Rhonda

Valerie Fentress said...

Thanks for sharing with us:)

I look foward to browsing the book shelves for another author.


Rhonda said...

Thanks Valerie!

If you can't find them, let me know. Rhonda

Lynette Sowell said...

Fun interview! Rhonda, it was great to hear more about your writing. :)

L. Harris said...

Great interview, Rhonda! Loved reading a bit more about you!

Rozana Clah said...

Loved your interview, have not read the Bachelor Club but now I want too. Question to Rhonda do you perfer Wendy's, BK, or Micky D. Everything is sacred. Rozana Clah

Rhonda said...

Hi Rozana,

I would say I prefer BK. Hubby takes me to Wendey's WAY to much! Although, one of my very favorite writer's groups meet there twice a month. MickyD's is always a fun place to go, especially if you want to study children! But over all BK!!

Mexico Queen said...

Hey, I thought this was interesting for both Lena and Rhonda. I had three copies of Bachelor Club and a friend came by this morning wanting to borrow a couple of books for a trip. All by herself she chose Bachelor Club and all she did was look at the cover. Cool, huh?

Rhonda said...

Way Cool Mexico Queen!!
I love that cover! I'm glad your friend did too.

Anonymous said...

I am a member of Rhonda Gibson's newsletter and thus came here from there. I enjoy Rhonda's book. I have not read the Bachelor Club yet but will try too. I loved the interview very much. I also read interviews of other authors you had listed and know a few of them through their books.

Anonymous said...

i loved the Hardy Boys and spicy foods too! :D if I'd known you in person, we'd probably get along well..

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