Interview With Ronda Gibbs Hinrichsen
Welcome to Embracing Abundance, Ronda!
1. I understand you have a new ebook out that is quite a bit different than your suspense novels. Please tell us about it.
I’d love to! It’s a Magic Tree House meets Narnia chapter book titled “The Hidden Kingdom,” and it’s Book #1 in my Heroes of the Highest Order series. It’s for early readers, ages 6-8, and it incorporates both fantasy and back-in-time travel. I’ve also published it under the name R.K. Hinrichsen, so I won’t confuse my suspense fans.
2. It sounds like you enjoy history?
I love history. It fascinates me. Whenever I travel, I always try to visit historical sites to learn more about what life was like in that place hundreds of years ago. That information usually leaks into my books.
My point of view characters are nine-year-old Dan and his sister, eight-year-old Page. Their mother takes them to a magical playground which whisks them to a fantasy world between time and place called the Hidden Kingdom. There they register for hero training camp and learn they must gain skills and earn powerful treasures by walking in the footsteps of real, historical heroes. In this first book, they travel back to 1853 Utah. My second book, not yet out, takes place in Rome—and a little bit of India.
4. They’re training to be heroes?
Yes. The king of the Hidden Kingdom has a dark enemy who seeks to destroy the Hidden Kingdom and all it represents. The Heroes of the Highest Order are a bit like the Knights of the Round Table, in that they are doing all they can to stop him and protect the kingdom. Dan and Page’s family are part of that Order.
5. Please tell us about yourself. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been a life-long reader and writer. In fact, one of my favorite lines is from the movie, Anne of Green Gables, when Anne asks Marilla, “Don’t you ever imagine things different than they are?”
“No, I do not. “
“Oh, Marilla, how much you miss.”
That’s how I feel about books and writing. Without them, there’d be a large void in my life.
6. What was the best writing advice someone gave you?
“You’re value is in your individuality.” This came from my creative writing teacher at Ricks College, Dorla Jenkins, and it’s become an inherent theme in all my books, because I believe each person has great value and purpose in this life.
6. Where can readers find you and your books?
I have several websites and blogs (listed below), but “The Hidden Kingdom” is available as an ebook through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Paperback copies are available through Amazon and Createspace (https://www.createspace.com/3684103). You can also purchase autographed copies from me through rondahinrichsen.com.
Websites: RondaHInrichsen.com, heroesofthehighestorder.com, rkhinrichsen.com
Blogs: rondagibbhinrichsen.com, thewriteblocks.blogspot.com, suspensesecrets.blogspot.com
My suspense novels, Trapped and Missing, are available online and through your local bookstore.
7. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Yes! Since my Heroes of the Highest Order series encourages strong family relationships, I’m celebrating Book #1’s release during National Family Week which is also Thanksgiving week. Between Monday, November 21 & Saturday, November 26, readers can buy the ebook version of The Hidden Kingdom at the promotional price of .99 at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Smashwords.com. The print version is 6.99, but if readers want to purchase an autographed copy during that week, I will provide free shipping within the United States. Just go to rondahinrichsen. com for more details..
Below are the links to my books: