Erin Brockovich is a movie starring Julia Roberts based on the true story about a power company that contaminated the water in the little desert town of Hinkley which led to deformities in animals and cancer in humans. But for Roxanna Hinkley was not a movie; it was reality and like so many people in her town, her mother and two sisters both had cancer. Her youngest sister, the youngest of five, died of the disease on Thanksgiving Day.
With such a sad history together Roxanna has a great relationship with her other sister and she moved to Huntington BeachCA to live with her when she finished high school and began working with her at Wycliffe Bible Translators, which is a missionary organisation that translates the bible into many unwritten languages.
In 1999 Roxanna and her sister relocated to Orlando, Florida when the Wycliffe Bible Translators (now known simply as Wycliffe) moved there. Roxanna says working with Wycliffe has been amazing and she has helped and met countless amazing people. She is unmarried and has no children, but is an auntie to the children of the many great friends she has made.
Despite the sad start to Roxanna’s life, she remains an upbeat, brilliant woman who has a real passion for writing and is the creator of the excellent Super Pig series.
1. What are you working on right now?
I have just finished a book and it’s at the publishers now. I haven’t heard any news, like it has to be redone or edited so am hoping it is finally done and will be out by June. It is a Christmas story called “Izabella’s Christmas Dream” and is part of the Super Pig Series that I write.
I’m also doing a rewrite of my first two books, The Adventures of Super Pig, and Super Pig to the Rescue. My publisher went bankrupt and didn’t tell me for months. I wasn’t happy at all. So I’m republishing some of the stories.
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
Izabella’s Dream is about a little frog that lives on Hollyhock Farm where Super Pig lives, though of course her Super Pig identity is kept secret and she is known as Pinky Pig. Pinky tells Izabella about the Baby King (Jesus) born long ago at Christmas and she dreams about it. In the dream she follows a star to a stable and sees all her friends there giving gifts to the Baby King, but she has none. She goes out into the night to find the perfect gift and Super Pig has to come to the rescue. It is a very sweet story and will be available on amazon.com, books a million, and several other online book stores.
The next book project is a rewrite of 8 stories from my first two books. Since six years has passed since I first published them I felt I would no doubt get a whole new audience and should republish some of the stories. They are about a little farm pig, Pinky, who after listening to her farmer’s grandson talk about superheroes decides to become one. She is looked up to for advice from the other animals when they have a problem so she thinks being a superhero would allow her to be a much more helpful friend. She has no super powers of course, but she doesn’t realize that or care. Her main goal is to help others. I hope the stories will encourage kids to do the right thing and show you don’t need super powers to do what’s right. Each chapter begins with a bible verse that goes with the story. The stories aren’t preachy and I don’t try to have each one be a big teaching lesson. I think there are enough books like that. But they do end with Pinky thinking about her day and a bit of ‘the moral of the story’. She also always says her prayers before going to sleep.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I write because I love it. It fulfils more than my day job, and it is a great job. I get ideas and inspiration from friends telling a story about their kids, something I see in a TV show, even friends saying, “Why don’t you have Super Pig do this.” One friend suggested I have Super Pig fly, so I wrote a story about some of her little bird friends trying to teach her to fly and the results of that. I love the story.
4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
No not really, I usually write very late at night, well early morning really. I have trouble sleeping, if I go to bed before 1am, I wake up at like 2 and can’t get back to sleep. So I’m on the computer about 3-4hours in the evening writing. I don’t seem to need much except an idea. =}
5. What is your favourite book?
It’s hard to say, I like so many. I love to read, didn’t always, but one very boring Summer my mom begged me to just try reading a book, then she was sorry because ever since then I had my nose in one. I read mainly Christian authors and my favourites are Francine Rivers, amazing, I mean I couldn’t put them down, amazing books. I stayed home from work once just to read her books. I also love Stephen Lawhead. He did an amazing, couldn’t put it down, series on King Arthur called the Pendragon Cycle. So good.
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire the most, and why?
I would have to say Dr. Seuss. =} I loved his books as a kid and still do. My mom subscribed to a book a month club and I’d get a brand new book every month, so cool! They were just so fun, the fun words he used, words he made up, like “Pantukas”. You have to admire a man who can make up words like that. I’ve made up a lot of words and my friends think it’s a riot. I also love to do funny poems and since Dr. Seuss was able to rhyme everything, something I have to think so hard to do, I just think in so many ways he was a genius.
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I’m sure I have a million annoying habits; my friends are so kind to put up with me. =} I do have several hobbies I really enjoy, one is making cards. I love to be creative. I also do mosaics, haven’t in a while though. One can only have so many mosaics pieces in the home and can only force so many on friends. But they are so fun to do and I use cut up dinnerware so the pattern can be really beautiful.
I can also be very funny so my friends do like me at parties to help entertain. =}
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
I do have a blog. Life According To Super Pig. http://accordingtosuperpig.blogspot.com/ But since I have been working on writing projects I have neglected it terribly.
9. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
Would you believe I have never had one? I’m so sorry; I will make it a point to do so in the near future. Are they fattening? If I get hooked and gain a bunch (more) weight, I shall blame you. =}
Roxanna was a great person to interview and if you wish to learn more about her and her Super Pig Series follow the links below and remember her book Izabella’s Dream will be out soon! And Roxanna, no Jaffa Cakes are not fattening at all, at least I like to believe they aren’t.