Rhonda Ramsey is a prolific new author who enjoys breathing passion and life into each and every character she creates. She is an avid writer with eleven completed novels, four novels near completion, and five short stories. She is also a military wife, mother of two, and student.
Over the course of seven years, Rhonda has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to; relationships, addiction, abuse, and mental illness. With a passion for people, helping, and learning, Rhonda’s zeal for inspiring others through her writing has also expanded to freelance writing and blogging; as she has her own blog, and enjoys contributing to other websites as well. She hopes to continue in her quest of inspiring others as well as learning from everyone she meets.
Her latest book is Just Beneath the Surface I.
Visit her blog at www.arirjames.wordpress.com.
When Kendall Berkely takes a look in the mirror, she not only desperately wants to run away from the stranger staring back at her; but she also knows that her days are numbered. She can feel it in her bones, and has the bruises to prove it. To make matters worse, Kendall will soon discover that her seventeen year old daughter, Diamond is on a path nearly just as dangerous.
After the demise of the family unit she once knew, a distracted mother, and being forced to accept a new stepfather, Diamond finds herself knee deep in a multitude of mistakes. When Diamond finds herself more lonely than ever before she crosses paths with Bobby Lidell; a teacher’s aide with a dark side. Just as Diamond realizes that she is in over her head, her mother and father have already been notified, and will do everything in their power to protect her.
But what is lurking in the shadows will not stop until a vow has been kept; what is lurking just beneath the surface will come seeking revenge.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Rhonda. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Hello and thank you for having me!
Just Beneath the Surface I is my first published book, but I do have one other book available for purchase, titled Where were you?.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I am a self-published author, and I published Just Beneath the Surface I in February of 2012. I chose to self-publish after more than ten years of keeping my writing to myself. I finally decided that being so unsure of myself was crippling me more than helping me. So I told myself that whether or not I was over looked or rejected, it was better to try and fail, than never try at all.
Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?
I am a self-published author with very humble expectations. If I ever do get the chance to sign a contract, I have a feeling it will be several years from now. :-)
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
When I made the decision to self-publish, and went through with putting my book online, I was elated!
I am finally sharing what I am passionate about, I am receiving some very positive feedback, and I am also learning new things every day.
How did I celebrate — I celebrated by starting the editing process on the next book , and that to me was sheer exhileration! When it comes to writing, finishing what I start so that I can start all over again is a huge rush.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
The first thing I did to promote my book was an internet radio interview. I was able to share information about the messages I wanted to convey in my book, the characters I created, and a bit about myself as a writer.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
Since becoming published, I have grown in many ways. I have learned to research everything thoroughly; from promoting, to punctuation in dialogue. I have always understood the importance of never being complacent, but with sharing my work being new to me, I have a new appreciation for constructive criticism.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
I am not really surprised. I knew that there would probably be more doors closed than open. I understand that it is very difficult to be ‘discovered’, or to find a literary agent. Although I am still very new, I have researched and heard a lot about the publishing industry; I am up for the challenge.
That being said — I admire, and I am very inspired by authors who have been able to make a career out of their passion. The authors who are diligent, persevere, and never give and up, amaze me.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
For me, the most rewarding thing about being a self-published author is finally stepping out and sharing my work. For people to say that they were deeply moved, or could see the novel unfold like a movie, is everything that I could have asked for and more!
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Never stop dreaming. Never allow another person to tell you your dream is far-fetched. Research everything related to writing until your eyes are blurry, because there is always something new to learn.