Hold onto the greatness within you.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen's novels reflect her signature mix of great characters, swoony romance, and intriguing suspense. She has had dozens of fiction and non-fiction published in magazines and internet venues, including New Era, The Friend, and Guideposts for Kids, and she is a member of SCBWI and Storymakers. She has also been on the boards of the Storymakers Conference and The Teen Writers Conference for a combined total of fifteen years.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen has always been a writer. In fact, on her tenth birthday she received a typewriter, finally making it possible for her to officially plunk out her stories. But it was not until she was in the sixth grade that her desire to become a writer became her life’s goal. At that time, her teacher was reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to the class, especially the part where Hinton’s character, Johnny, urged another character, Ponyboy, to stay “gold” (Hinton 178)*. That’s when Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen realized she wanted to be an author when she grew up. She also wanted her own novels to do what The Outsiders did: encourage her readers to stay gold, or as she prefers to think of it, to hold onto the greatness within them.
From then on, she read a lot of books and studied the writing craft every chance she had. She eventually worked as a college radio station script writer, had her work published in magazines, and finally had her first novel published in 2009. Now, even with multiple publications under her belt, she still studies her craft through taking classes, reading a lot of books, and watching a lot of movies. Some of them multiple times, because she learns a lot from them, and because, well, they’re fun.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on Facebook (click the link above) or contact her through her contact page.
*Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Penguin Group, 1967.
About Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Finding Anne de Bourgh: 2019 Recommended Read Award, League of Utah Writers Published Novel
Unforgettable: 2018 Recommended Read Award, League of Utah Writers Published Novel
Trapped: 1st Place 2009 League of Utah Writers Full Length Novel
Missing: 3rd Place 2008 League of Utah Writers Full Length Novel
Missing: 2nd Place 2008 LDS Storymakers First Chapter Contest, Suspense