“It is always fun and exciting to be on Horror Addicts and I had a blast writing this piece. Horror is always a challenge for me as it is not my normal genre,” Rhonda said when asked how it felt to be the featured author of Horror Addicts episode 37: Sea Serpent.
The story she has written for this episode is Scotland Burns. “It is a story of the leviathan from the book of Job in the bible. Nope not what god did right in this one, but what god did wrong during creation and how his creations suffer then and what could be now because of those mistakes.”
Not only is Carpenter an author and Clinical Hypnotherapist, she is also a Dream Analyst, Professional Psychic, and Reiki Master. With such an interesting background I had to find out how she was able to make the transition to author.
Rhonda was happy to share her story, “Author was a natural progression of a love of writing, teaching and helping others. Honestly, my first novel The Mark of a Druid was an experiment in what can I do as a writer instead of a continuation of writing for myself. I would always have written the challenge was putting it out there for others to consume. I am exceptionally pleased with the outcome. Writing is something I need to do to be happy.”
She was also kind enough to share her secrets that inspire her to write. “I am inspired by many things to write. Music is a big part of my writing experience. But the funniest thing that inspires me are my sleeping dreams. I often put a thought about my writing out before sleep and see what happens in my dreams.”
Having such an intensive background in psychology it’s easy to see why Serial Killers are Rhonda’s favorite horror monster. She told me, “I think I am most fascinated by the serial killer. I tend toward the philological and spiritual needs of the human condition. Why one person would perceive one thing and someone else perceive something completely different in the same situation is fascinating. How the mind works and what will break one person and not another makes my mind spin with stories.” Then she asked her own question, “Serial killers are often the most brilliant and demented individuals don’t you think?”
As one of Horror Addicts Wicked Women Writers, I wondered how it felt to be back. Carpenter mentioned, “[she] so wish[ed] there were more hours in the day…[w]hat a wonderful group of women writers who are always willing to support each other. It feels great to be back from hiatus. It has been a long time coming. But the break was much needed.”
Speaking of Wicked Women Writers Rhonda co-hosts Podioracket.com, “an informational podcast for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of podiobooks.com authors and what they are doing;” along with Heather Roulo (also known as H. E. Roulo) WWW Most Wicked 2009. Carpenter decided to share with us a little information about Podioracket. “We do a bi-weekly short show with 2 or 3 interviews, news, contest info and promos for the authors of Podiobooks.com. Then we have a live show every other Thursday opposite the short show on blog talk radio. We get to take some time and have some fun with the authors of Podiobooks.com in this hour long live show on Blog Talk Radio. We also turn out 2 to three blogs a week on the website.”
“Brand new to Podioracket.com this season is H. E. Roulo & Brain Hotlz are cranking out the first season of Podioracket Presents! This season’s title is Visionaries because it features podiobooks.com authors in a short story venue of their genera. It is a 16 week release schedule this season or volume. Podioracket is a labor of love for the authors of Podiobooks.com. There is a very special breed of people out there in podcasting and we give the listener a heads up into what is coming up, what has just completed and everything in between. Don’t know what to listen to on Podiobooks.com? Then we are your gals. You can hear about my novel and shorts or head over to Podioracket. I am also one of the founders of Free Audio Bookshelf on blogtalk radio where we, Arlene Radasky another WWW writer play full books for a live audience in weekly shows that air every Friday.”
Rhonda also has her own website, Lifefirst, which is a “a complete informative online hypnotherapy and hypnosis website dedicated to you. [They] cover all areas of hypnosis for knowledge, training, and for personal growth.” I asked if she could give us a bit more information about the site.
“Lifefirst was the brain child of myself and an associate that has sense left to do other things. We wanted to create an in depth look at hypnosis for the lay person. From there it expanded to include handwriting, and dream analysis as will as many other non-traditional mostalities (sic).”
Lifefirst has gained some fame since it’s creations. “Some years ago Google picked [Lifefirst] up as an authority site in the field of hypnosis. The site has many online interactive aspect to help anyone find out about who the mind works and how you can change what is not working for you in your life. There is a free audio library of hypnosis sessions anyone can use for free. There is also an interactive certification course and a downloadable dream analysis book. Certification courses for hypnosis are done in person but [Rhonda is] working on a level one course that could be done online.”
I was interested as to how Carpenter’s experience as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Dream Analyst, Professional Psychic, and Reiki Master has helped with her writing. Rhonda stated, “I believe all my life experience has added to and helped my writing. Hypnosis gave a vehicle for the story of The Mark of a Druid as did my love of all things Celtic. Dream Analysis even made an appearance in the first book. My belief system certainly has effected my writing and I think the things I do as a day job will always be a part of my writing in one way or another. Funny now that I think of it horror is so far away from what I do in my day job maybe that is way it is a stretch for me. But Scotland Burns has that one question I always asked myself about the one god religious belief. How could the one great and powerful god be so merciless?”
The Mark of a Druid, Carpenter’s first fiction publication and the first of what’s sure to be a great trilogy, “is about reincarnation and the idea that energy never dies it simply changes. It is also about honor and revenge and how those qualities can follow a soul from life time to life time.”
Book two of The Mark of a Druid, titled When Ethers Descend, “is about what the knowledge of past lives can do to a person in this lifetime and it is the continuation of Aileann and Adaham’s (sic) connection to a prophecy.” You can listen to the prologue for the book in Podcast episode 34 on Podiobooks.com.
Look froward to Rhonda Carpenter’s future works. “Besides the sequel When Ethers Descend [she] am working on a novel that takes place between 1890 and 1914 about a murder called Truth Slithers and [Rhonda has] a 3rd called From Mother to Daughter about a family of female psychics and the struggles of having the gift.”
For more information on Rhonda Carpenter check out these websites:
www.themarkofadruid.com/novel/press-room/ – Links to her Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks (as well as her mailing and email addresses)
www.podiobooks.com/title/the-mark-of-a-druid – Link to the prologue of When Ethers Descend