Saturday, November 17, 2012

Interview with Rhonda Gibson and a Giveaway

Rhonda Gibson is the author or co-author of several books including the Love Inspired Historical novel, Marshal's Promise, and the Romancing America Midwife's Legacy.

I "met" her when I'd read her book Marshal's Promise and I'd visited her website. I've also gotten to know her through Facebook and Twitter. I'm thrilled to be able to have her with me today for my first ever author interview!

So without further ado, here's Rhonda!

Dawn: Rhonda, thank you for joining us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Dawn. I guess the first thing you should know about me is that I’m a wife, next May I will be married 30 years. I have two children and three grandchildren. I love to read and I love making beaded jewelry. I have a dog named Sheba and right now I have 7 outdoor cats. 

No I’m not a “cat woman” but someone thinks I’m really nice and left a mama cat who had babies, babies are pretty wild, mama has moved on and I’m still feeding the babies. LOL, one of those outdoors cats is my old cat Sunny and two of them are brand new Siamese kittens that I received for my birthday last month. I guess that is enough about me for now but feel free to ask me anything.

 Dawn: Congratulations on the 30 years. That is an accomplishment in this day and time. :) Seven cats? I only have the one, my sweet Kiki, and I love having her around. So tell me, how did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved telling stories and when I got old enough to write, I started writing :)

Dawn: Ok I'll admit that I discovered your books through Reader Service, and Marshal's Promise was the first one I read of yours. Since then I've also read Midwife's Legacy. Both of those books are very different. How did the idea for Marshal's Promise come about?

The Marshal’s Promise was originally called, Jesse’s Girl. My husband loves that Bruce Springsteen song. So he and I brainstormed and came up with the beginning of The Marshal’s Promise.   

Dawn: Well I certainly enjoyed it! In fact my copy is somewhat battered! Now tell me about Midwife’s Legacy. Was it easier or harder to write a story/novella with others as part of this book ? What went into the deciding factors of writing a generational story? Were you and the others given the topic – ie a family journal handed down among the generations – or did you collaborate to come up with that end?

This collection was very fun to write. My co-authors are wonderful ladies who are very easy to work with. I was invited into this collection by my agent. When I came into it, the basic idea of the journal and the fact it was a generational story were already decided. I was given the freedom to come up with my own story and I really wanted my heroine to travel the Oregon Trail. My co-authors agreed and away we went.

Dawn: I loved playing the computer game of Oregon Trail as a child, though I think my entire wagon train typically died before reaching Oregon. Watching the trail come alive through the eyes of your heroine was very fun. 

I have found several times when I've finished a book or even a movie, that I don't want to say goodbye to the characters. That could very well be one of the reasons I love Harry Potter fan fiction so much, I don't have to say goodbye to the characters. Is it ever hard for you to say goodbye to your characters?

Funny you should ask this, Dawn. I just finished, today, Hannah’s story. She’s Rebecca’s friend from The Marshal’s Promise. Saying goodbye to her and Daniel is hard. I came into my office a few minutes ago prepared to go back to Granite, Texas, the setting of her story. I’m hoping that they will be in my next story but that is up to the editor at this point.

Dawn: I'm looking forward to reading it! Since I know you are one of my followers here on my blog, you know I read pretty much everything, though I'd have say my personal favorite genre is that of historical fiction. Do you prefer to write in a historical setting or a contemporary one?  

I prefer historical. My books are steeped with history but I like to think they have that old, western feeling. 

Dawn: Both of the ones I've read have that feeling! 

I've read some books that have been really good, the author's drawn me in from the first. And I've read others that I've struggled to finish, or just didn't finish because I wasn't drawn into the story. What do you think makes a good book? 

Good characters and a touch of humor. I love books that when I am finished reading them, I feel like I know them and don’t want to say goodbye. I hope my readers have that feeling after every book.

Dawn: I know I felt that way after reading Marshal's Promise. It's probably why my copy is rather battered. I know of several authors whose books make me feel like I've made a great friend. There's even been times that I've been known to cry at the happy ending. :)

 I"m always wanting to know what authors have coming out soon? What do you have coming out soon that we can look forward to?

Groom By Arrangement is coming out in February 2013. It is Eliza Kelly’s story from The Marshal’s Promise.

Dawn: Sweet! I'll add it to my drop-everything-and-read-when-it comes-out list!

With all of this writing, what do you do for fun and to relax?
I read and I bead. Those two things are both relaxing and fun for me. My husband and I also enjoy geocaching. 

Dawn: One of my best friends enjoys going geocaching as well. 

I'm curious, who or what inspires you?
I don’t know that there is one person who encourages me to write more than any other. I have lots of friends and family who cheer me on. I’m thankful for each and every one of them. Even you have inspired me to keep writing because you have enjoyed my books. 

Dawn: Awww, thank you for the sweet words. I have enjoyed your books. Do you have a favorite book, tv show, song, movie, etc.?
How Fletcher Hatches An Egg is my favorite children’s book from when I was a child. Right now my favorite tv show is The Big Bang Theory, Favorite movie – Children’s Disney’s The Sword in the Stone, Adult While You Were Sleeping, My favorite colors are pink and blue, my favorite ice cream is chocolate and my favorite candies are M&M’s and Gummi Bears.  Did you notice I have a sweet tooth?

 Dawn: I love the Big Bang Theory! And yes you do seem to have quite the sweet tooth!

Since this is the time of year when the holidays are upon us, what is your favorite Christmas (or any holiday) memory? 

My husband proposed to me under my parents Christmas tree.   

Dawn: That's romantic! Engaged at Christmas and married in May! I'm sure there's a story to that proposal too.

I ask a similar question to this one at my skin care classes, only I ask about what makeup item the guests can't live without, so here's the more traditional question. If you were stranded on a desert island, and you could only have 3 things with you (items that will help you leave the island not included) what would you have with you?

My Bible, my toothbrush, and James (my husband)

Dawn: I like those choices!

Our time's almost up, so I have just one more question for you today, what advice do you have for others who want to write?

Don’t listen to Nay Sayers. They are the people who make fun of you because you write, the ones who tell you “you will never get published” and the ones who call your writing “a hobby.” Be true to yourself.

Dawn: Thank you so much for stopping by Rhonda! I've enjoyed getting to know you a bit more.

If you want to find out more about Rhonda's books, check out my reviews of Marshal's Promise and Midwife's Legacy.


I'm going to give away a copy of Marshal's Promise by Rhonda to one lucky commenter. No, I'm not giving away my battered copy. I will give away a copy of either the Kindle version or the mass market paperback, winner's choice. Either one will be shipped via Amazon (so you'll get sooner than the prizes I still need to mail out from the last few months. Sorry girls. They're going out TODAY!). To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here. Gain a second entry, leave another comment telling me you follow my blog. You can gain additional entries for leaving comments on ANY of my book reviews. You can find the entire group here.  Comments on the reviews may be made daily for additional entries. At least one of your comments on this post must have your email address so that I can reach you. Use this form myname(dot)hotmail(dot)com

Ends on Friday night November 23. I'll pick a winner on Saturday morning.

As I will not be around most of the day today, I will respond to comments when I finally do get home. I'm pretty sure that if Rhonda's schedule allows her to, she'll respond as well. 

edited to add picture of the book cover.


  1. Thank you so much for having me Dawn! This was a really fun interview and I will try to be on as much as possible today. If readers have any other questions for me, I'll try to answer them. :)

  2. Thanks for your comments today with Rhonda Gibson, I enjoy reading the LIH books and have read this author before. Good work Rhonda...
    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you ladies

    Paula O(

  3. Thanks Paula! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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  5. What a fun interview! I meet Rhonda at a craft fair, we hit it right off :) She is a wonderful woman and I am looking forward to reading her work when the craft fair craziness had subsided. She will be at the Bloomfield NM Craft Fair on Dec 8th eveyone should go say Hi!

  6. Thanks Winter! It was wonderful meeting you too. I'm looking forward to the Bloomfield Craft Fair! See you there!!

  7. Great interview Dawn and Rhonda. I'm a new LI author writing under the name Belle Calhoune. What a romantic engagement story. I love Christmas, and the thought of getting engaged that way is...story worthy. So, Rhonda. Have you ever put that engagement story in one of your books?


    1. Sandy, I'll have to look for your books.

  8. Love the story about your husband's proposal. I LURV Christmas trees. :-)

  9. Dawn and Rhonda, what a nice interview. Was fun to read. The best to you both! My Bible, toothbrush and husband is my fav line.

  10. That made for some good reading. It is always good to get in on an interview with an author who is new to me. It would be great to win your book. I have read very little western themed so your book would fill the gap. Thank you for offering it in the contest.

    Blessings, Janice

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  12. Thanks everyone for stopping by :)

    No I haven't put it in a book yet, Sandy... who knows maybe someday I will.

  13. I also love "Jesse's Girl"! I would LOVE to read and review Marshal's Promise!

    Please enter me! :)

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    Amada (pronounced: Chavez


    Exodus 14:14

  14. I've never read anything by Rhonda, so I would lvoe to check this one out!

  15. Such a fun interview, ladies! The blog looks great and the book sounds awesome! igottawrite at bellsouth dot net

    1. Thanks! I've had fun getting the blog together. And the interview was so much fun!

  16. I would love to win,Enter me!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
    Sarah Richmond

  17. i went to the website and i found Cheryl St. John..i loved to visit with her but whats up with that? i would love to win Dawn's novel. Thanks for a great interview!

    1. Marianne, Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to let you read my novel. I only have to write it first! If you win, you'll enjoy Rhonda's book.

  18. i am now a follower by GFC as well as by email


  19. So glad to see so many wonderful faces! Thank you all for stopping by.

  20. Oh, The Marshal's Promise looks good! Thanks for the interview and a chance to win a copy!


  21. Hi Dawn! I do follow your blog by email! :)

  22. Thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  23. I'd love to win this book. Lawmen have always been great romance/heroic characters for me. I loved reading about the Christmas tree proposal. My husband and I started dating during the Christmas season. We are coming up to out 28th anniversary in the new year. :)
    Thanks, Susan Justmeshf (at)

  24. Rhonda is a new author to me. I would love to read her book. It's so neat that she brain stormed the book with her husband of 30 years.

  25. I have seen this making the blog tours and would love to win a copy! I always like westerns, and I'd love a chance to read a new-to-me author!
    Best wishes on the success of this novel, and many more!!!


  26. I love historical books. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I too am a Big Bang Theory fan. We watch it every night.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  27. I would love to win the book, "Marshal's Promise". Thanks for entering me in the contest.
    Janet Estridge

  28. Marshal's Promise sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the interesting interview and giveaway!

  29. I would like to thank you so much for a fantastic book giveaway, that i would really love to have the oportunity of reading! It sounds like such an origonal, fresh and interesting read in a genre that i love, hence it would be fantastic to spread the word (by review & word of mouth) about a new book.
    I am so pleased to have found your brilliant book blog and intend to be henceforth a keen follower. Thank you x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
    *GFC Follower: lfountain1*
    *Commented on a review: 'Midwife's legacy'*

  30. I have not read any of Rhonda's books, but they sound like the types of books I love to read. I would love to win a copy of "Marshall's Promise".


  32. I'd love to win this book. Please enter me in the drawing and thank you for hosting the giveaway! Blessings! spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

  33. I had to look up "geocaching" on Google to see what it was - it sounds like a fun activity!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  34. Follow your blog by email.

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  35. I commented on your review of Christmas Roses. Thanks for this giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com