Interview: Rhonda Hopkins

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week we are visited by Rhonda Hopkins, a unique writer with a background in investigating for family courts.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

I’m wonderstruck by the generosity of other writers. I can always find someone who will answer my questions and support whatever I’m doing. I am amazed by how thoughtful and kind everyone is. It makes me want to do whatever I can to help them as well. After all, we’re all in this crazy wonderful world together.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with family and friends either in person, on the phone or online. I love to connect with them and find out how their day has been and what’s going on in their lives. That sharing of time is very important to me.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

I don’t really have a particular time of day that’s tough for me. The one thing that is an issue is my ankle. I need surgery on it, so I can’t do the things I’d like to do all the time and can’t walk very much. The way I move past that is to think how fortunate I am and how there are people in worse situations and in more pain. So I’m grateful for what I do have and what I can do.

What do you wish your were more conscious of?

I wish I were more conscious of time. I can get involved in something and before I know it a significant amount of time has passed – more than I should have spent, especially if I was just playing around. I think I need to get one of those timers and stick to it.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I make a list of short term and long term goals and evaluate where I am once a month. I don’t always meet each deadline but at least I keep track of my progress and do better than if I didn’t have those lists. But the most important thing to me is family. So I make as much time for them as I can.

About Rhonda Hopkins:

Rhonda Hopkins did investigations for the state and the family courts for nearly 20 years. She uses what she learned to help those in need and to make her writing more realistic.

She is working on a romantic suspense novel, ILLUSION OF SAFETY, which should be out this
fall. She is also working on a non-fiction book, IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS, to provide information on child custody, co-parenting and what to expect in Family Court.

Each Tuesday, Rhonda hosts an author and their favorite charity in her Authors Give Back series.

Visit Rhonda Hopkins here:

26 thoughts on “Interview: Rhonda Hopkins

  1. Thank you so much for having me as your guest today, S.M. I love your blog. Every time I get notice of a new post from you in my email, I know I’ll read something that will inspire me and make me feel blessed for all the wonderful people and things around me.

  2. Terrific answers to S.M.’s questions Rhonda. You are an inspiration with your positive attitude and such a wonderful team player in this writing collaborative. I feel blessed to have you on my team, sweetie!

  3. Great interview, Rhonda. Sorry to hear about your ankle. That must be very difficult. I certainly know what you mean about losing track of time. By the end of most days, I wonder what in the world happened to all the stuff I should have gotten done.

  4. How wonderful that you should mention the generosity of other writers, Rhonda, when you have done so much work for the benefit of others. Your good karma abounds, and I hope we can all help you cash your bounty in one of these days!

  5. Thank you. That’s sweet of you to say, Christine. You’re always a bright spot in the cyber-world for me as well. :-) I hope to one day meet you and a bunch of my writer friends face to face. Wouldn’t that be fun? ;-)

  6. Rhonda, I hope you get your ankle fixed soon. Ouch, painful.

    When it comes to family, I’m totally with you. They always come first.

  7. Nice interview. I love learning more about you, Rhonda. I’m so sorry about your ankle. You have such a great attitude about it. I hope you’re able to get it taken care of soon. Take care.

  8. Brilliant idea, Rhonda!!!I’m going to make several of these. It could be the best way to beat my aeirsvon to using bought scrubbies until they die with their overload of bacteria.The detailed instructions and the photos are great.It’s a good way to use up the still-useful bits of old towels. too.AlmaG.

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