Rhonda, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m a divorced, working mother of two sons, ages 4 and 18. I love to read Christian fiction and suspense. I rarely have time for television, but when I do you might find me watching The Closer, 24, or Criminal Minds. I enjoy upbeat praise and worship by any member of the Clark Family, Kirk Franklin, and Fred Hammond. The teaching ministries of Bishop TD Jakes, Bishop Donald Hillard, and Joyce Meyers have added to my spiritual growth. I’m the vice-president of a great writers’ group here in Atlanta. I also have a free-lance fiction editing service. Interested parties may learn more about my services at my website. But most of all I enjoy spending time in South Carolina with my parents, children and extended family. South Carolina has the best barbeque.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I connect with God all day long. The word says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17,“Pray without ceasing”, and I earnestly do that. But for the last few years the Lord wakes me up at 3 a.m. a couple of times a week. During that time I tell him everything that’s on my heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
You asked (LOL). My favorites are Victoria Christopher Murray, Sherri Lewis, Tiffany Warren, Tia McCollors, Stacy Hawkins Adams, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Claudia Mair Burney, Pamela Samuels Young, and the late BeBe Moore Campbell. Favorite books? Way too many to name, but I’ll tell you Gather Together in My Name by Tracy Price-Thompson and Brothers and Sisters and Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by BeBe Moore Campbell are on the top of the list. I can’t begin to name the Christian Fiction books, but let me just say, I’ll stay up all night reading a Victoria Christopher Murray, Sherri Lewis or Tiffany Warren book and Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster is one I can read over and over again.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but became serious about finishing a manuscript in early 2003. I joined a great critique group, attended some writers’ conferences and read about 20 craft books. I had some interruptions along the way. I started and finished grad school and had a baby, but finally in 2007 I completed my first manuscript. I sold it in December of that year to the first publisher I sent it to. I received a rejection letter from another publisher about a week after I got “the call” and laughed. :o)
Tell us about your current book?
Ah, Secrets and Lies, my first born (book that is) is the story of Jonah and Faith Morgan, a couple who’s troubled marriage is literally collapsing under the burden of…well, secrets and lies. And those lies aren’t all coming from inside the marriage. Old memories and new enemies make for a very juicy plot where the characters are really challenged. I mean the heat gets turned up all the way up on this marriage.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I have ideas for books coming out of my ears. They just come to me; usually in the shower when I don’t have a pen. But I have to admit some aspects of the novel were things I dealt with personally in my marriage. The rest is all divine inspiration and creativity.
List your three most recent books.
Right now I only have one novel, Secrets and Lies, but one of my characters spinoffs and gets her own book, An Inconvenient Friend in August 2010. I’ll give you a hint, the bad girl in book one gets her own story, and she’s so much worse. So please look for that next summer.
What’s next for you?
I’m finishing up the manuscript for my third novel which won’t be released until summer of 2011. I’m working on some e-books, preparing to launch my speaking ministry, and doing everything a mother has to do to get my 18 year old son into college. Can I tell you…I’m so not ready.
Where can visitors find you online?
If you “Google” Rhonda McKnight you’ll find more of me than you could ever need, but I’d like readers to visit my website at www.rhondamcknight.net where I’d love for everyone to subscribe to my newsletter and sign my guestbook. I also have a great blog, www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com, and please connect with me on www.facebook.com/rhondamcknight – I’m a hopeless addict. A girl’s gotta have fun right?