Sunday, October 21, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 3, Rhonda Hopkins

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 3 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)

Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31stAfter this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. 

The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:

"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to ... the amazing, award-winning Rhonda Hopkins! Gotta love that smile :)

Thanks for having me as your guest today, Natalie. I’ve enjoyed working with you on TALES FROM THE MIST. I’d like to share with your readers how my story, The Consuming, came to be.

A few years ago I stumbled across a literary journal – The First Line. TFL is published 4 times a year. What makes it unique is that the stories in each issue all start with the same first line. It’s very cool to see how authors interpret that first line and how varied the stories are. I often go to their website when I’m having trouble writing and use their first line as a prompt – just to get the muse jump-started; although, I’ve never submitted my work to them or even developed any of the stories except for that first time.

The first line I saw was: “There were five of them, which was two more than I’d been expecting.” As soon as I read that, the story just came to me. I wrote the original non-stop in about three hours and then spent another three trimming it down to meet word count requirements. This wasn’t too long after I started writing with the thought of publication, so of course it needed some work. Okay – a lot of work. ;-) I’ve since re-written it from the very beginning and added about 6,000 words.

Why ghosts? Well, I kind of live in a haunted house. My grandmother used to live here and I stayed with her most weekends growing up and even lived a short time with her while I was in college. We (my whole family and others) have witnessed many weird and eerie things over the years both in this house (which is now my home) and the other one that’s on the same property and has been in the family even longer.

While in college, I’d wake up in the middle of the night and there would be someone sitting on the edge of my bed. I couldn’t see him/her. But I could see the dent left on the mattress where they sat. I could feel the bed move when they got up or sat down. And I could see the depression disappear when they stood. As you can imagine, I was scared spit-less the first few times this happened. With great reluctance I told my family about it, just knowing they’d think I needed to be locked up somewhere. But my aunt assured me the same happened when she lived in that bedroom.

So I guess you can say I am definitely a believer in the supernatural. I even used at least one “real” experience to base an event in my story. I’ll leave it to you to try to determine which one(s).

I am so proud to be part of TALES FROM THE MIST and it has been my honor to work with so many talented authors.

Thanks again for letting me take over your blog for today, Natalie! 

About Rhonda:

Award-winning romantic suspense and horror author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator for her state and family courts give her characters a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. 

Find Rhonda at: 

Amazon Author Central Page


TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

About Rhonda's story, THE CONSUMING:

Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!