Welcome, Bonnie.Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was born into a good family, but life brought painful challenges. When I was five years old, I was sexually assaulted, and at fifteen I was raped. I told no one and chose to carry my wounds and my anger alone. As a child, I also lived with a speech impediment, which drew barbs from my peers. With the help of a speech therapist I learned to communicate, but the damage to my self-worth was already done. I saw myself as worthless as a piece of trash.
Through the years, the Lord reached out to me through teachers and friends, but I refused to surrender to Him. God didn’t give up, and out of love He allowed a series of misfortunes to hit all in one clump. He knew if I were ever to come to Him I needed to be broken. In a matter of a few months, two people I loved deeply died. One of them was my father. I lost a baby and my husband walked out of my life, stating that he didn’t love me anymore.
I was crushed and without hope. One day an old friend stopped by to visit and while she was at my home she told me about Christ. We watched the 700 Club together, which I pretended didn’t interest me. Before my friend left that night, she said, “Bonnie, I just want to tell you one thing. Jesus loves you.”
I acted as if what she’d said made little difference to me, but on the inside I rejoiced. Someone loved me! I clung to her words. Several days later, I turned on the 700 Club and when Pat Robertson explained the gospel and invited viewers to come to Jesus, I got down on my knees right there in front of the television and prayed with him. I placed my life in the hands of Christ.
I cried buckets and realized that I was not a piece of trash and that my life had value. God had created me. I was special. And I was loved. When I got up off my knees I was a new person.
I began to pray for my husband and God restored our marriage. Two months after that, my husband gave his life to Christ. We’ve been walking God’s path together ever since. This August we will celebrate our 40th anniversary.
That is a very powerful testimony. I’m glad God sent that woman to your house that day. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
This is a really difficult question. I am in fact, planning a writing retreat with my critique group in October. But . . . if I can invite anyone, any authors . . . First I’d invite Christ. I write for Him and my prayer is that His will I what falls upon the pages of my books. Secondly, I’d love to spend a weekend with Abraham Lincoln. He was a man of honor and courage. Two traits I find invaluable in writers. Thirdly, Corey Ten Boom. She was a woman of great faith. I’d love to know her better and experience her strength and faith face to face. Finally, I’d ask John Steinbeck. His writing is a bit dark, but I love the melodies he creates with words. He’s a spectacular author.
I realize all of these people are unavailable, except Christ, but you didn’t say they had to still be living. J
You’re right, I didn’t. So you did just fine. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I love to speak. I’ve addressed women’s groups, writers, readers and church groups. One of my stronger spiritual gifts is exhortation and so I have a natural bent for encouraging others. It gives me a lot of joy. And teaching writers is especially fun. I love to see a group gather, wondering if they are really writers and then after a day-long workshop they walk out, convinced they can do it. It’s extremely gratifying.
Because of a back injury I’ve been on hiatus for more than a year, but I’m stepping back in, slowly. In fact, I’ll spoke at a conference July 16th and I’m teaching at the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference in August. I’m looking forward to spending time with other writers and readers.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I have a list of embarrassing moments, but the most recent was at a women’s retreat. I was the guest speaker for the weekend and my back seized up the first evening. I retired to my bed, heavily medicated and praying for a better tomorrow. God had something else for me. I was no better the next day, but I managed to fulfill my speaking obligations. While at retreats I always enjoy spending time with the ladies, but at this event I spent the weekend flat on my back most of the time. I felt humiliated and hated letting the ladies down.
The women were gracious and kind. When it was time for me to head home, the ladies didn’t let me lift a finger. They packed all my things in my car and I climbed in and headed for home. It was a five hour trip, but I dared not get out of the car and so I drove straight home and went to bed.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I always tell them, “Don’t write for money. There may not be any. Write only because you love it. And grow a tough outer skin. You’ll need it.”
Tell us about the featured book.
Wings of Promise is book two in my Alaskan Skies series, which takes place in
during the 1930’s. I think the back cover does a good job of describing the core of the story. So here it is— Alaska
Wings of Promise is book two in my Alaskan Skies series, which takes place in
Her spunk has always gotten her through tough times. But does she have what it takes to go the distance?
Kate Evans may be a woman in a man’s profession, but as Alaskan bush Pilots go, she’s one of the best. If only her personal life wasn’t so complicated. Torn between her affection for fellow pilot Mike Conlin
and doctor Paul Anderson, Kate longs for clarity in her heart. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, her mind may be made up for her.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Kate pulled her
coupe to the side of the road in front of the Townse’s place. They were good friends, and she was thankful for their invitation to share Christmas with them. Still, she was unable to hold back a sigh as she turned off the ignition. Bear Creek, with Paul, would have been more fun but frigid temperatures had cornered her in Plymouth . She knew better than to count on anything when it came to Alaskan weather. Anchorage
She sat in the car a few minutes to rein in her thoughts. The calendar said December 25, but without Paul, it didn’t feel like Christmas. It was to be their first Christmas together as a couple. They’d planned a celebration with a tree, gifts, and dinner. And maybe even a trip up Bear Creek on the sled with the dogs. Kate had imagined a romantic evening huddled together, sipping hot chocolate and gazing at a glittering Alaskan sky. They’d talk about their future and, with any luck, share the beauty of northern lights dancing across the sky.
Maybe she could get
’s permission to use the shop’s radio to call Patrick out on the creek. Paul would most likely be there. Would calling him be too forward? Sidney
Maybe we can celebrate the New Year together. It was almost as good as spending Christmas with each other. According to predictions, there was reason to rejoice—1937 might be the year the country actually crawled out of the ruinous depression.
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Thank you, Bonnie, for visiting with us today.
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