Back with us today is author Bonnie Leon! Boy, do we have a treat for you. Bonnie is sharing a some photos and things with us today from home allowing us a closer glimpse into her life. I am so excited to be able to bring this to you today and just one more thing to add to my gratitude journal. So, let’s get started.
Katrina: Thank you sooo much for joining us here again today. It has been such a blessing to really be able to get to know you this week. We heard a bit during your first visit about your home and your family. Today, I’m so excited that you’ll be sharing some photos of home and of your beautiful grandchildren.
Bonnie: Yes. Katrina, here is a picture of my four grandchildren taken this Summer.
Katrina: Beautiful kids. Thank you so much for sharing. You also have pictures of home as well, correct?
Bonnie. Yes I do.
This is a picture of our house. We’ve been putting on an addition, but now it’s for sale because my son-in-law has enlisted in the Army. We already have another piece of land to build on once this sells. It’s not far from here. I’m so grateful of that. I love it here!
Katrina: I can see why. It is absolutely beautiful out there.
Katrina: Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your home with us today. Now, I have a few questions about how you came to be an author. At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author and what influenced you?
Bonnie: I was nearly forty when I decided writing might be more than a hobby. I’ve always been a reader and over the years I’ve written snippets—poems, personal stories, vignettes, but in 1989 I was gripped by a compulsion to put my thoughts down on paper. I wrote whatever came to mind, filling up legal pads with my thoughts. It was great fun!
Reading has been the greatest influence on my writing. I’ve been in love with books since I can remember. And it’s been great writers who introduced me to the wonder of storytelling.
However, the bottom line is God. He is my greatest influence. He’s the one who sparked my interest and opened every door and provided opportunities for publication.
Katrina: At what age did you come to know the Lord personally? Could you share a bit of that experience with the readers?
Bonnie: I was twenty-three, truly lost and very unhappy. Most of my life I believed I was of no real value. There’s a long story that goes along with why I felt that way and maybe one day it will end up in a book, but there’s not time to tell the story here. 🙂
God is so good. He used a string of tragedies to draw me to Himself. In four months time, my father died, my godfather died, I lost a baby and my husband said he didn’t love me anymore and wanted a divorce. Considering that I already felt like trash, these hardships drove me to my knees, which is exactly where I needed to be. For many years, God had tried to get my attention, but I refused His offer of grace. I’m grateful that He loved me enough to allow “whatever it took” to get my attention.
The moment I met Christ and believed, I became a new creation and understood that God loved me and that I was His precious creation. I’ve never been the same since.
Katrina: How has your relationship with the Lord affected your writing?
Bonnie: He’s the one who led me into writing. There are times when I wonder what He was thinking, but mostly I’m just grateful. I write knowing that I’m one of His representatives, and I pray that my words and my life honor Him. Always when I write I think about the person who has never met the Living God and who may discover the truth in one of my books.
Katrina: Are any of the characters in any of your books modeled after you or any of your emotions?
Bonnie: Absolutely, yes. There are pieces of me in all my books—lessons learned, heartaches and joys experienced. I write from my heart, which means that I write about what I know. I’ve lived a good many years and have traversed deep valleys and climbed lofty mountains just as my characters do. Sometimes I’m faithful and strong and then there are times when I’m weak and I fail, just like all of mankind.
But there is always faith. God never abandons us. He knows every detail, every tear and offers us strength and courage and never reneges on his promises.
Katrina: During your writing, are there ever characters that emerge uninvited?
Bonnie: Although I plan out my plots and know my characters before I begin writing there are always surprises. Characters emerge that I don’t count on. And sometimes I’m compelled to tell their story.
In To Love Anew an endearing character, Lottie, didn’t exist until my protagonist was loaded on board a prison ship. And then suddenly there was Lottie. I fell in love with her as did my heroine, Hannah. She added so much to the story, in ways I’d never imagined.
I recently received a letter from a reader who told me how much she loved Lottie and asked if I’d consider writing another book that would follow her story. I’m thinking about it.
Katrina: I can’t wait to read that one. I think it would be a wonderful addition to your already fascinating collection. Thank you for stopping in today on Kat Logic, especially on Thanksgiving Day. What a wonderful thing to be thankful for.
To our readers, be sure to stop back in tomorrow for the final thoughts from Bonnie Leon. Be sure to add a BLOG post if you’re interested in winning her latest release Longings of the Heart.
To read the first part of Bonnie Leon’s interview, click here.