About the Author:
Ronda L. Caudill grew up in the small rural town of Glade Spring, VA and married her high school sweetheart. They have been happily married for 24 years. She has two wonderful daughters. Ronda earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. She is the author of Birthright (A Nobleman Novel), The Choice (A Nobleman Novel) and short story A Night at the Bishop House. Ronda is currently working on a novel with a twist on Jack the Ripper titled Forbidden Fruit.
MF: You list Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft as two writers who inspired you. What is it about their work that appeals to you?
RC: I love their writing style. I really like their twisted bizarre blots and the realism and horror in their stories.
MF: You were reading Poe at age eleven; his works can be rather dark. How did his work shape you as a person?
RC: His work opened my eyes up to the way the world really is. I was able to see beyond the candy coating that adults put on subjects. I feel that I was a mature child because of being immersed in Poe’s writing. However, his writing did draw my interests into the darker side human nature.
MF: Tell us about Birthright and The Choice. What inspired you to write Nila and Blake’s story?
RC: Birthright and The Choice are about soul mates who rediscover each other and find that love never dies. No matter what paranormal or natural obstacle that they face, they are able to overcome together. I believe in true love and soul mates. I married my soul mate 24 years ago. I know that no matter what we are faced with we can conquer it together.
MF: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
RC: I didn’t have to really do much research because I love paranormal books and movies. I did read a lot of books by P.C. Cast, Alyson Noel, and Margaret Stohl and Kami Garia. I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia so we are by nature story tellers, So I have a problem in showing rather telling in my writing. This is something that is a constant struggle for me.
MF: You published your novels through Full Moon Publishing, LLC. Tell us about that experience.
RC: Publishing with Full Moon Publishing, LLC was a wonderful experience. I had a lot of input on the final product.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
RC: I read quite a bit of horror and paranormal romance. I read the Beautiful creatures series, The House of Night series, and the Immortal series. I also re-read works by Poe, Lovecraft, and King.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
RC: Write what you know. Your writing will be more authentic.
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
RC: .I actually just finished illustrations for a children’s book titled The dream Quilt by deanna L. Holmes. I am also in the process of editing a Novel titled Forbidden Fruit; it is a twist on Jack the Ripper which will be released sometime in May. I have been invited to write a short story for an anthology titled Lyrical Muse. The story I am writing is titled The Music Box Murders; it is a twist on the Lizzy Borden story.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
RC: Don’t get discouraged and keep writing.
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
RC: I would so live in Narnia.
Nila and Blake’s journey of love and challenges continue in The Choice. Nila is faced with many choices, one of which is the choice of mortality or immortality. She makes surprising new friends and discovers secrets about an old one. More is revealed to Nila about Blake’s past. Their love will be tested with the challenges they are met with and the secrets that are revealed.
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