Name: Rhonda Stapleton
'09 Book Title: Stupid Cupid (book 1 of the trilogy)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Favorite Books: There are so many fantastic books out there, I can't list them all! Needless to say, I'm partial to paranormals, and I also love YA, good romances, fantasy, historical fiction, and very funny books.
Favorite Bit of Writing Advice: For me, the best advice I ever got was, "Don't consider yourself a writer. Consider yourself a rewriter." I keep this in mind every time I draft a book, so I allow the first draft to flow. If I accept from the beginning that I'm going to be revising, it helps me turn off that nagging internal editor.
Random Info About Me: I'm a pretty random person, so this is easy. haha. Okay, here goes: I hate blue food. I'm addicted to chapstick (my favorite to use is Carmex). I auditioned for American Idol. One of my ears is higher than the other. I love Air Supply--there, I said it...don't judge me! I'm a competitive little freak, especially when it comes to board games. I nearly choked to death on a bbq pork sandwich (which served as the inspiration for the first YA I ever wrote). I have a quirky sense of humor (gee...really? haha). I also love exclamation points with a fiery passion!
STUPID CUPID Trilogy Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Felicity gets a job at Cupid's Hollow, she's skeptical at first when she finds out it's no mere matchmaking gig: she'll take on the role of a cupid (there's more than one of them, you know) and matchmake her high school, using Palm Pilot technology to send love emails. In a stroke of sheer genius, Felicity decides to matchmake her best friends, which leads to all kinds of disaster...especially when she accidentally makes the whole school fall in love with Derek, guy of her dreams.