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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Bonnie Leon

C. Kevin Thompson
C. Kevin Thompson

Greetings from Kevin Thompson in The Swamp, better known as Florida. Where the gators and the mosquitoes play… We’re sitting here on the front porch, waiting to see which way Hurricane Irma goes. Pray she turns north and plays harmlessly in the Atlantic! Today, I have the privilege of sharing an interview with my friend and fellow author Bonnie Leon.

Welcome, Bonnie, and congratulations on the release of your most recent book! Please tell us about it.

Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon

In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. The two elope, believing love is enough to bridge the gap between the civilized world of Juneau and the primitive culture of Nicholas’s small village. Luba struggles to adapt and the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ threatens to destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship. 

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Writing Business

Tips from the Pros: Bonnie Leon

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Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing someone I consider a good friend—even though we haven’t met in person! Bonnie Leon and I have been critique partners for several years, and I’ve enjoyed learning from this extremely talented, experienced, and generous multi-published author.

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Bonnie, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I’ve published twenty books—nineteen novels and one memoir.

My most recent title is Where Eagles Soar, it is a memoir I wrote for a woman who grew up in the Alaskan wilderness. The series, Alaskan Skies, released prior to the memoir. The titles in the series are Touching the Clouds, Wings of Promise, and Joy Takes Flight.

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Book reviews

CAN Book Review by Diana Brandmeyer: Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon


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When Touching the Clouds
arrived in the mail I wasn't sure if the author could
pull off a book with such an independent heroine during the depression. Well,
Leon did it. 

Kate Evans calls off her marriage and heads to Alaska in her small plane to be
a bush pilot. She leaves Washington State and its heartaches behind, hoping to
support herself in the rough Alaskan terrain.

She runs into major problems, from unpredictable weather to judgment from other
male pilots.

She's not the only one hiding in Alaska. So is Paul Anderson. He has his own
memories that he is trying to hide from. You'll wonder if he's running from the
law or himself.

While Touching the Clouds has some
romantic elements, I didn't feel as if the entire story was centered around
romance. Reading about Alaska during the depression, “flying” with Kate, and
enduring the challenges with her make this book special. Even better, this is Book One of the Alaskan series, so there is more fun to come for Leon's
readers. 

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Encouragement

Abide

Happy Monday from Bonnie Leon.

 

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Authors lead busy lives.

Writing requires large chunks of time, plus there is the continual process of editing. We’re either working on a manuscript or in the middle of one that’s back from the publisher requiring changes. There’s also marketing do be done, which demands a good deal of our time. Plus we have church, communitiy functions and family fun and drama. Sometimes it feels like there is not one free moment. With those kinds of pressures how do we stay close to the Lord?

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Devotional

There’s Only One Superman

Happy summer greetings from Bonnie Leon

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I just finished a manuscript and turned it into my publisher. The usual rush toward a deadline plus unexpected adventures from life wiped me out. I’m still trying to recover. I have a new book, Touching the Clouds, releasing, so now comes the book launch and all that it entails. I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about it. There is so much to do.

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Encouragement

We Are Able

Hello from Bonnie in rainy Southern Oregon.

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How often do you feel unfit to fulfill the call of God on your life? Once a month? Once a week? Once a day? More than that?  I don’t keep track, but I know I frequently doubt my abilities as a writer, a teacher, mentor, wife and mother. When I don’t reach my expectations I feel I’ve failed. We’re all uncertain, some of the time, about our skills and our readiness to fulfill obligations. I believe our lack of confidence exists because we rely upon the wrong power source.

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Encouragement

Remain Faithful

Hello from Bonnie here in soggy Oregon. I'm still waiting for spring.

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When I first started creating stories it was just a hobby, something I did for fun once in a while. I never dreamed it would be anything more. But after being side-lined by an auto accident God gave me a new vision, a new way to serve Him. It was through the gift of writing. Though I didn’t fully understand what I was saying yes to, I was committed to the call. God threw open every door, and it was clear that writing books was part of His plan for me. I vowed to remain in the race until He called me elsewhere.

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Encouragement Writing craft

We Need to Get Out More

Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon

 Blessings to you from Bonnie Leon.

Most days do you stay cloistered in your office with your story ideas flying onto your computer screen or your nose in a research book seeking an imperative piece of information that turns out to be impossible to find? That’s the writing life, but there’s more to living than that. And if you’re not experiencing it you’re missing special pleasures offered to us by our Heavenly Father. There is so much to be gained by engaging in the world around us.

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Encouragement

TEAM SPIRIT

Happy Monday to you from Bonnie Leon.

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In all my yeas of writing I've seen very little resentment, back-biting, or mistrust among my writing friends and acquaintances. However, knowing the human condition (we're very self-centered) I understand that all of these emotions, and more, are present in the writing world. And I know my own heart, which is not always pure.

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Encouragement Writing craft

He Makes Me Able

Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon

It’s a new year and a lot of us have made New Year’s resolutions or simply decided that “this year will be different”. However, let’s not leap into change willy-nilly. If we leap too quickly it may lead to defeat, or what we see as defeat. Writers already experience enough of that.