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.
Q. Thank you for this interview, R.H. Can we begin by having you tell us why you wrote your book?
Thank you for the opportunity to share!
I wrote Just Beneath the Surface I with women and victims of abuse in mind. At the time of writing this book, I was very saddened by some of the misconceptions, and assumptions about domestic violence. I also wanted to show how quickly teenagers can fall into dangerous situations when they are lonely and searching for love or attention.
I wanted to convey messages about communication, as well as to dispel some of the myths that are associated with domestic violence.
Q. Which came first – the title or the story?
Generally when I am writing, the story comes first – the first chapter, and the title come last. This is not intentional; I often change and add several things last minute before I am officially finished.
Q. Who was your favorite character in Just Beneath the Surface and why?
My favorite character, I would have to say, is Diamond. After yearning for more attention from her mother, Kendall, Diamond finds herself involved with an obsessive teacher’s aide. She is also drowning in vicious gossip at school. Diamond’s character goes through a very intense transformation; she goes from a self-conscious teenager, to facing her own demons, and finally finding hope in Just Beneath the Surface III.
I love to see characters find the light at the end of the tunnel. To me, this is the essence of inspirational fiction.
Q. Who was your least favorite character?
Not to give too much away, but my least favorite character in the novel is the new man in Kendall’s life. In the beginning, he is a bit of a pushover; he is shy, quiet, and a bit quirky. Throughout the book, he becomes unpredictable and violent. He not only wants to possess Kendall, but wants to punish her for the hurt he has experienced in his past. Kendall’s new husband abuses her, humiliates her, and eventually threatens to kill her.
Q. Can you tell us about the setting and why you chose it?
The events that take place in the novel all take place within the last ten years. Most of the things that occur with the first main character, Kendall, are behind closed doors. All but one of the incidents take place inside of the home, as her new husband unleashes his anger only in private. The second main character, Diamond, experiences most of her turmoil at school.
Q. What was the hardest part to write?
The most difficult thing to write was the ending. I think I probably changed it between eight and ten times! I wanted the ending to be fast paced, suspenseful, and intense. Just Beneath the Surface I is the only book I have ever written, where the ending was actually the last thing I finished. (Again—I normally finish the first chapter, and title last.)
Q. Do you plan on writing more novels?
Absolutely—I have more ideas than I can keep track of. I currently have eleven completed novels, four novels near completion, and five short stories. So for now, I am working on editing.
Q. Thank you for this interview, R.H. Can you tell us where we can find out more about you and your wonderful new book?
You will find Just Beneath the Surface I on both smashwords.com and amazon.com—here are the links: