Q&A: Ramona Richards
Who killed pastor Eaton? Was it his wife, June, who was found standing over his dead body? She claims she's innocent. And sherrif Ray Taylor is inclined to believer her - and not just because he's always had feelings for her. There's a secret in the parsonage and Pastor Eaton's killer is convinced that June knows it. Can Ray protect June and find out what's going on in time?
WHAT LED YOU TO WRITE HOUSE OF SECRETS?
I love old houses. When we cleaned out my grandmother’s house in 1977, we found some of the most amazing things tucked away in nooks and crannies. The idea that family secrets could be buried away like that stuck with me through the years. When I was working on a follow-up book to Field of Danger, it came wandering back.
STARTING OUT, WHO WERE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED YOU? WHO INSPIRES YOU NOW?
I want to be Terri Blackstock when I grow up. Seriously, my earliest inspirations were the Trixie Belden and Robin Kane YA mysteries. I read a lot of the classics—and even more science fiction—in my teens. Now some of my favorites are Sharyn McCrumb, Robert Crais, Margaret Maron ... and Terri Blackstock.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING? HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was about three or four. I think it’s a gift and a passion that God gave me, and I want to honor that. In my thirties, I spent a lot of time studying the Bible (still do), and the more I knew the more I grew as a person and a writer. I honestly can’t imagine life without writing in it.
WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
A sense of hope and perseverance, the understanding that God really can get us through anything. Also, I hope they have a really good time reading the story.