First off, this event is Monday, Sept 16th, 6:30pm at the downtown Gainesville library. Second, well, there are loads of seconds. Here's a snippet in Rhonda's own words.
". . . there was one story I could not make fit into a poem, an essay or a short story—the story of my mother’s life. I attended the University of Florida and received an MFA in fiction writing, then real life distracted me. But still I wanted to write my mother’s story. Finally, after a divorce and the death of my brother, I decided life was too short to wait any longer. I quit my job and bought myself some time to write a very fictional account of my mother’s voice . . . "
The result is The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, and in this video Rhonda talks about her debut novel.
In full disclosure, Rhonda is one of my Study Hallers which means that a couple of times a week she sits at my front room desk, and I can hear her clack clackitying away on her computer pretty much non-stop. So perhaps we can ask her about that, about her discipline, about what she's writing now.