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:


  1. Rhonda Hopkins

    August 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    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.

    1. smhutchins

      August 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you for playing! I love seeing everyone’s answers each week. It’s amazing how the same 5 questions can produce such different answers.

  2. PJ Sharon

    August 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

    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!

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you, PJ! I am very blessed to have you on my team as well. :-)

  3. Christy Hayes

    August 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    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.

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Christy! I know the feeling. I never get as much done during the day as I planned. Oh well, every little bit is progress. :-)

  4. Tamara Ward

    August 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Good post! I, too, get stuck on tasks, and like you, before I know it… is it already noon?!

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I know! It nearly is for me and yes..I’m behind again. LOL I really need one of those timers! Thanks for stopping by, Tamara. :-)

  5. Prudence MacLeod

    August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Great post. Rhonda, you sound like my kind of people. If I ever get to your neighbourhood I’ll buy the lattes. Great interview.

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Prudence! I am so glad you’re okay after that accident. You’re my kind of people, too. Would love to have a chance to have lattes with you. Take care!

  6. Judythe Morgan

    August 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Loved your answers to Sherrie’s questions, Rhonda. You have a wonderful positive attitude and a servant’s heart. You’re an inspiration.

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Judythe! I can only say ditto for you. :-)

  7. Coleen Patrick

    August 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love the wonderstruck question–and of course Rhonda’s answer. :) Love the positive vibes that I get from reading this–thanks!

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Coleen! Glad you enjoyed my answers. I always feel good when reading S.M.’s blog. Her spirit is amazing.

      1. smhutchins

        August 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Aww, thank you! That is a wonderful compliment.

  8. Dale Amidei

    August 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    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!

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      That’s so sweet, Dale. Thank you! :-)

  9. Christine Ashworth

    August 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Rhonda – it’s great getting to know more about you, though I will say you’ve always been a bright spot in the Internet landscape. Take good care of that ankle, hon!

  10. Rhonda Hopkins

    August 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    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? ;-)

  11. Sheila Seabrook

    August 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    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.

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Sheila! Absolutely. Family is so important. I don’t know what I’d do without mine. :-)

  12. Kassandra Lamb

    August 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Boy can I relate to that losing track of time thing. It happened tonight. I’ve got a bum ankle too and it’s no fun. Hope you can get it taken care of soon. You are a gem, Rhonda!

    1. Rhonda Hopkins

      August 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Thank you, Kassandra! I lost track tonight, too. But I enjoyed myself. :-) I hope you did as well.

  13. Lynn Kelley

    August 30, 2012 at 12:28 am

    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.

  14. Rhonda Hopkins

    August 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Hi Lynn! Thank you for the kind words. I hope all is well with you. :-)

  15. Dcsho

    November 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    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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