Bonnie Leon is the author of nineteen novels, including the recently released Joy Takes Flight, book three in the Alaskan Skies series, the popular Sydney Cover series and the bestselling Journey of Eleven Moons.
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother.
Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Welcome Bonnie! I'm glad to have you here this week. Bonnie has graciously offered to give away a copy of Joy Takes Flight. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered and don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a follower.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’ve never had anyone ask this question before. Good one.
I’m in my office, sitting in my leather recliner and I’m wearing a dark blue t-shirt, gray work out pants (going to do my exercises soon) and my ugly kelly-green slippers.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? My goodness, that’s a hard question. I think the most surprising tidbit has to be how dirty the air was in London during the early 1800’s. The businesses and homes burned coal and the smoke from chimneys settled over the city. Even more surprising was a report of such severe smog in the 1950’s that several people actually died in one day due to breathing difficulties. Thankfully, the air quality is much better these days.
What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most? I’d have to say the way God threw open every door into the writing world after life as I knew it was stripped away by injuries I received in an auto accident. It seemed clear to me that writing was what God wanted for me. If that’s where I’m called, then it is my responsibility to honor the Lord in my work. Each story contains spiritual truths and it is my prayer that the truth will encourage those who believe and draw others to Christ.
If you could work with any author who would you choose? John Steinbeck. He was an extremely interesting man. He wrote about what he’d experienced first-hand. Although he often told tales about the dark side of humanity, he was an amazing writer. He could create tension in a scene by using something mundane and so many of his prose flow like music. As a writer, he was a genius. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of his books. Just thinking about it makes me want grab one. I have a few on my shelf. J
When writing, what is the part of the story you enjoy writing the most? That’s easy—the idea. When my mind first lifts a story to my consciousness and I begin to follow the trail, searching for its conclusion I’m always carried away by the anticipation and hope of something spectacular. It’s a time of dreaming and not practicality.
What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals? I used to have typical writing days, but no longer. Layers of responsibility keep me busy. It seems I’m forever being called on to fulfill a task or to help family in some way. And my health is new every morning. I never know what to expect. Trepidation sometimes accompanies me to bed at night.
What I hope to do each day is that, after I’ve had my morning coffee, a bite to eat and have spent time in God’s Word, I can go to work. First thing I scan my email and answer messages that need immediate attention, then I stop by facebook and drop off a message or two while picking up a few. Then I move on to Twitter and see what’s up there and I’ll often work on a blog. By then, I’m ready for a break and usually do my exercises.
Afternoons are when I dig into my story writing. It’s the best part of my day. I take a mid-afternoon break, then work until it’s time to make dinner. Evenings are spent on things like interviews, blogging, and social networking. I try to spend some time watching television or a movie with my husband and then read a good book before bed.
I was a reader before I was a writer and one of my biggest frustrations is lack of time for reading. There’s always so much to get done and never enough time.
If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here. Not an easy question—there are so many fabulous books. If I could choose only one it would have to be . . . The Grapes of Wrath. What a powerful story.
If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be? I’d take my husband. During that time period women had few rights and had need of a good man at their side. I have a good man. He’d see to my affairs and protect what rights I did possess. I’d have no worries when it came to my safety and my possessions. And I’d have a partner to share the joys and sorrows of life.
Kate Evans and Paul Anderson are finally married, settling in, and starting a family. They rejoice when Kate finds she is pregnant, but soon it is clear that there are hurdles ahead. Should she continue in her dangerous profession as an Alaskan bush pilot? Can she really fall into the role of a wife? Then tragedy strikes, life begins to unravel, and Kate fears she may have lost Paul for good.
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