Writing Wicket welcomes Rhonda Eichman.
Rhonda is a lifetime resident of Kansas and received her education at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. She offers an authentic view of life on the Kansas prairie where she lives. As a history buff, she can relate with unique historical culture to create fiction that is entertaining and features life’s lessons through her characters’ actions. She is the author of articles in Kansas Country Magazine and several technical materials and grants. She lives with her husband, Ray, in Seward County, Kansas.
I asked Rhonda:
Q: What’s the most you’ve ever edited out of a book?
My first book, Bargain On The Prairie, lost 5,000 words during edits.
Q: What motivates you (either in writing or otherwise)?
A desire to leave what I know for others to read and understand.
Q: Are you ever upset when you’ve finished a story, that your characters have said all they’re going to say?
They’re actually never finished, and I have to keep going with the next book or sequel.
Q: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Oh yes, Christian Fiction as a category. After I started reading Christian Fiction, I can’t go back to regular fiction. It feels flat, missing something.
Q: What are the ethics of writing about historical figures?
Researching each detail about the historical period I’m writing in to make sure the places, the goods and services, and character actions are correct for the period.
Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Q: Do you ever have trouble coming up with titles for your books?
Yes, the hardest part ever.
Q: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I read them and try to reflect on what I can do better.
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes, characters’ actions and thoughts that only a reader of Christian faith will get.
Q: What was the hardest scene you’ve ever written?
When one of my characters has a miscarriage. I cried.
Q: Have you set goals?
Yes, when my next book will be finished. Horsethief Canyon will be done in March or April, 2019.
Q: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurts. You must be able to take criticism and make corrections to move forward and be a better writer.
Q: Do you Google yourself?
Yes, I do have a larger profile now that my first book is out.
Q: When you were growing up, did you ever expect to be a writer?
Always, that was my goal.
Q: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Housework! Lots of laughs. I often put off tasks I should do so I can write. I take on-line seminars to improve and try to connect with other authors, so I don’t feel isolated and give up.
Q: Have you ever cried with one of your characters?
Oh yes, when I can make myself cry, I’m finally there.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop and write everyday, work always waits on you.
Q: Is there a genre you wish you could write that you can’t?
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Six to eight months.
Q: What books have you self-published?
None, I am a traditionally published author with my first book, Bargain On The Prairie, released 9-24-18
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C.A. MacKenzie is the author of the novel WOLVES DON’T KNOCK, a psychological drama/thriller, available from the author or at various retailers, including Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Wolves-Dont-Knock-C-MacKenzie/dp/1927529387/.