Rhonda Leanne Stock was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and spent her childhood growing up in the tiny hamlet of Congress. Many years in a small town without a TV gave her a love of books and a vivid imagination. She has been filling notebooks with stories for as long as she can remember.
Not convinced that she could make a living as a writer, Rhonda obtained her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, and worked in a day-job as an engineer. In 2017, Rhonda quit her engineering job to pursue technical writing and follow a dream of becoming a barefoot trimmer for horses.
Rhonda divides her time between her writing, her equine therapy business, her daughter, and her animals, including horses, donkeys, goats, cats, dogs and bunnies.
Her fascination with the 1930s began when she was researching her family history, and reading her grandpa's stories about growing up in the prairie Dust Bowl. She credits her love of Canadian history to the discovery of Pierre Berton's history books while she was in University, and loves researching almost as much as writing. She now lives on and operates a ranch near Estevan, Saskatchewan with her sister, Laura.
Here are some fun facts about Rhonda!
Rhonda's favourite colour is green, especially lime green.
Her favourite authors are Guy Vanderhaeghe, Pierre Berton, and Dick Francis
She collects books, stuffed raccoons, and apparently, horses.
The horse in Rhonda's author picture is A Little Breeze, an American Quarter Horse with rare cremello colouring.
Rhonda wanted to be an author and an artist growing up. In high school, she wanted to be a pilot, but decided on engineering when she discovered she got air sick.
Rhonda runs a ranch with her sister where they have horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats and bunnies.
When not writing or riding horses, Rhonda likes to scrapbook, read and paint. She has also studied her family history and likes to learn languages. She knows some German and Norwegian.
Rhonda is mother to a beautiful daughter named Amber, who keeps her very busy!