Category Archives: Christian historical romance

Lunch with Author Lynnette Bonner

I first became acquainted with Lynnette Bonner in 2009 when I read her first book, “Rocky Mountain Oasis“.  I loved the book and knew I would be looking for more books from this author.  Thankfully, Lynnette is a prolific author with a total of eighteen books published to date.

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Equally fascinating as her book, was her author blurb on the back that informed me she lived in the Pacific Northwest (local!), was born in Malawi, Africa to missionary parents, and attended boarding school growing up.  I never imagined that I would one day meet Lynnette, let alone get to take her to lunch and learn about her writing journey.

Lynnette has been writing since her school days. After marrying her college sweetheart and moving to Idaho, she got the idea for Rocky Mountain Oasis while researching the history of the small town where they lived.  She wove her story from historical facts and her fictional characters to produce a compelling story that is true to the time period.  Her book was originally traditionally published by OakTara Publishing.

Lynnette has since become an indie author and her most recent publication is a serialized historical Christian romance set in East Africa.  “On the Wings of a Whisper” is the first installment in the Sonnets of the Spice Isle series. It is FREE on Amazon for Kindle, so click on the link and get your free copy today.  Much research into the time period makes this book a fascinating, historically accurate read.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the first installment, and look forward to reading the entire series.

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When asked about how she finds time to write, this busy mom of four and pastor’s wife, told me that she schedules time each day day to write. She uses an app called Freedom to block the internet, email, Facebook, etc. while she writes.  Otherwise, as we all know, it is too easy to think we will just check Facebook for a few minutes, and then look up and realize several hours have gone by and nothing has been accomplished.

Lynnette also shared with me a tidbit from James Scott Bell about writing 500 words first thing every morning, sort of like “priming the pump”.   James Scott Bell calls it “the furious 500“.  Too many times I think I need to pound out 2,000 words a day and some days it is too overwhelming to even start.  Small is better.  I am definitely going to apply the furious 500 to my writing.

Lynnette also recommends books on the writing craft by Randy Ingermanson, and a new video series called “The Creative Way” by author Ted Dekker.

Lynnette is not only an accomplished author, she is a great mentor and friend.  Looking for a good book?  You can’t go wrong with a Lynnette Bonner book.

Lunch with Author Dawn Kinzer

I recently had a wonderful lunch meeting with author Dawn Kinzer.  We met a few years ago when I first joined Northwest Christian Writers Association.  At my very first meeting, when I was standing there feeling out of place and awkward, she reached out to me and made me feel welcome. Don’t you just love people like that? Since then, we cross paths at monthly meetings and conferences, but I wanted a chance to get to know Dawn better as a person and an author.

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Like many of us, Dawn found a love for writing at a young age.  Her creativity with words manifested itself in many different ways through the years: from writing for her high school newspaper, to short stories, devotionals, full-length plays, blogging, and this fall, the first two historical romance novels in her series: The Daughters of Riverton.

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You can read more about Sarah’s Smile and Hope’s Design by clicking on these links.  I can hardly wait for the books to come out!  They are exactly the kind of story that I love to read.

Dawn began to take her writing seriously about ten years ago.  She has attended many writing conferences and belongs to several writing associations, to include the Northwest Christian Writers Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.  She originally thought she was writing women’s fiction, but found she is greatly enjoying the research involved in writing historical romance.  Not content to just write a wonderful story, she wants to get every historical detail just right. As a reader, I love that attention to detail.

Dawn feels she writes in partnership with her husband, Sonny, who gives her support and encouragement.  They make decisions together.

Check Dawn’s beautiful website and subscribe to her newsletter for her FREE short story, Maggie’s Miracle.  Did I just say FREE?

Dawn recommends several books for writers: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide, and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style.

She shares these words of wisdom for aspiring authors, “Don’t underestimate yourself. Follow the path to publishing that feels right for you. Although our writing lives may have similarities, no two journeys will be exactly the same, so try not to make comparisons.” On the dreaded writer’s block, Dawn recommends a healthy dose of daydreaming to chase it away.

Dawn’s life is busy and full as a mom, grandma, freelance editor and writer.  I asked how she finds time to write each day, and Dawn encouraged me to try to consistently write a page a day.

Look for Dawn’s books: Sarah’s Smile in October of 2016, and Hope’s Design in November of 2016. You won’t want to miss them!