Friday, August 31, 2012

Interview with Author Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

R.K. Hinrichsen (Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen) writes both fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She enjoys history, fantasy, suspense, and learning about real-life heroes. Besides her Heroes of the Highest Order, chapter book series, she has published two suspense novels, Missing and Trapped. She travels with her husband throughout the world in search of fun settings and exciting characters for her stories.

Welcome back to my blog, Ronda. Please tell us about your new children’s book.

The Prisoner of the Shadows is book #2 in my Heroes of the Highest Order series. It’s about two children, Dan and Page, who move between a fantasy world and real-life history to earn powerful treasures that will eventually help them destroy the enemy of the Hidden Kingdom. In this book, the children walk in the footsteps of Mother Teresa to rescue their grandfather from the Prison of the Shadows.

This is a new experience for you since you usually write suspenseful sweet romances. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This series has been in my mind for so long I really can’t remember where the idea first came from. I’ve just always thought children are amazing. They have the power to do great things, and I want to encourage them to do those great things.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Besides traveling to some of the settings, I read biographies about Mother Teresa. I also contacted her official organization for permissions and correct information.

That is so awesome. I’m impressed with your research. I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Do you ever put real experiences in your books?

Most definitely! Especially in this series because the premise of the story is that the children follow in the footsteps of real, historical heroes.

This book sounds like a wonderful book for children. Thanks for this fun interview.


debbie curto said...

Would love to win! I gave my kindle to my grandma in hopes that learn to like to read more ! Hoping they like real books too

aLilLacey said...

Sounds like a fun kids read that i would enjoy too! I love that they follow Mother Theresa's footsteps. Great review! Laceysvette at hotmail dot com

beemama said...

What a wonderful way to introduce children (and adults) to some of the amazing people from our past.

Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds really good!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

deanna_boocock said...

Can't wait to read. I am always looking for new authors for my grade 4/5 classroom.
deanna_boocock (at)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book. I love that it combines both mystery and real life history.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gretchen said...

I loved books about historical people as a child, and I am always trying to share these with my nieces and nephews. This sounds like a great addition.

mariehahn13 said...

This sounds like a book my daughter would love! Thank you for the post and for the opportunity to win such a great prize! :)

songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

Kentuckylady717 said...

Would love to win this children's book..Sounds like a wonderful book.

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Love that cover!

Carole Avila said...

Positive role models are a vital component of a child’s reading experience. The characters enhance a good story and have a lasting impact on young readers. Quality literature that helps a child raise their self-esteem is vital, especially for those parents who can’t emotionally support their kids, whether they’re struggling to survive in this economy or if they don’t have the skills to address their child’s emotional needs due to their own low self-esteem issues. It’s a blessing to have authors who write for children. Thank you, Linda, for supporting children's literature through your interview with Ronda Hinrichsen.

valariemccoy said...

Sounds like a book my kids would really enjoy!!

Jen said...

This book sounds really intriguing. It's definitely going on my to-read list.

Darlene said...

I like children's books that tie in some historical events. Great giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Thank you!

Darlene said...

+1 for tweeting:

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Shauna Buck said...

Great interview!! Just getting into chapter books with my son and these sound like fun ones for him!
jbsmunky at aol dot com

chirth7 said...

Hi Linda! It's been a while. I can't do the ebooks and I also have been a little under the weather but am feeling much better. Hope you are well too. :)

Welcome Ronda!!! I am so intrigued by your series, I will have to buy book one first. lol I love historical thrown into my romances so This book personally sounds so good I want to read it too. But it will be saved until I have the whole series and my nephew is reading chapter books which won't be to long, he did start kindergarten this past month. He loves to read books to me by looking at the pictures and telling me the story. So I think he's just going to grow up with books the rest of his growing life. :) Thanks for offering your book this week. I'm always looking for great books for him and Linda only brings the best here so I apprciate that a lot.

Thanks Ladies, Hugs, Christine

tickmenot said...

This sounds like an exciting book for children.

I would love to win it!


Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, aLilLacey! You are the winner of this wonderful children's book.