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Rhonda Stapleton, Author of the Month

Rhonda Stapleton started writing a few years ago to appease the voices in her head. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. In the twelve minutes of free time she has each day, Rhonda enjoys reading, photography, writing poetry, singing in the shower (and in the car, at work, or basically anywhere that provides oxygen), drinking chai tea, and playing on the Internet (AKA, connecting to the “mother ship”). Rhonda lives in northeast Ohio with her two kids, her manpanion, and their lazy dog. Visit her website at: http://www.rhondastapleton.com for more information about her and her books.

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1. Tell us about yourself?

Well, I’m an author, mother, teacher, editor, and amateur photographer. I also hate blue food, love chinese and sushi, and hope to visit Japan in the near future.

2. How long have you been writing, and how did you get your start?

I’ve been writing since 2004. Stupid Cupid is actually the third novel I wrote. My first novel was a chick lit, and my second a YA (this is the one that got my agent). I’d originally written Stupid Cupid as one book, but my agent sent it to my editor who thought it would make a good trilogy. :D

3. How long have you been a member of Romance Divas? What does this site mean to you?

I’ve been a die-hard member since 2005, and it’s like crack. I love it. It’s a fantastic source for all things writing. I’m also the YA liaison, and I love it!

4. What should we know about the STUPID CUPID trilogy.

Ummmmmm it’s super goofy and light and there aren’t any vamps and werewolves in it. haha

5. How did you make this sale?

My agent sent it to my editor, who loved it enough to buy a trilogy!

6. I understand you had a booksigning in Canada? How does it feel to be an international superstar?

OMG it was so much fun. And sooo scary. But what a great first signing–I sold several copies, and some people even brought theirs in from home for me to sign. Talk about the ultimate flattery!

7. What will you be doing to help promote the trilogy?

Other than pimping the crap out of my stuff online? I’m doing group signings, podcasts, and blog tours and contests. And I have a few things up my sleeves…mwahahahaaaaa…

8. Tell us about a typical writing day For Rhonda Stapleton.

When I’m in drafting mode, I write at least 1 hour a day (which is around 3 pages for me), 5 days a week. My writing is typically done later in the evening.

9. Where do you get your inspiration?

It’s all around–my family and friends provide a lot of help, because they’re all crazy. hahaha

Interviewed by Amanda Brice

Rhonda Stapleton’s Website: www.rhondastapleton.com

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WORKSHOP: JANUARY 27 – 29

WRITING THE YA ROMANTIC COMEDY

Wanna learn how to make teens fall in love with your characters and have a good laugh or two (or hopefully more)? Check out Rhonda Stapleton’s YA romantic comedy workshop and find out tips on writing funny, as well as how to keep the romantic tension building in a satisfying manner.

Workshop includes: Day 1–tips about writing comedy. Day 2–how to build a realistic teen romance. Day 3–bringing it all together.

**Workshop is featured in our FORUM. Required registration. Become a member and participate for free.**