Lona Smith grew up in Oklahoma and has lived in Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Los Angeles, California, upstate New York, and Florida. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and attended the University of Oklahoma Medical School. She spent many years in scientific research in microbiology and molecular biology. It was in 1970, while working at UCLA and taking creative writing under Robert Kirsch book review editor for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years that her love of writing began. With his encouragement she published several short stories and articles. In 1973 she moved with her husband, George, to upstate New York to take over operation of his family dairy farms. Involved in dairy farming for 12 years, and subsequently owning and operating a bed and breakfast and catering business for 16 years she put writing aside. Following the sale of her business in 2000 Lona returned to writing.
Lona has been actively involved in jail ministry for the past 17 years, and in her self-published novel Morning Walk; WinePress Publishers, 2006, she, uses her experiences to address ethnic, economic, social, and moral issues in our lives. In 2007 her essay, Genetics of Love, an essay about genetically related cancer, received first place in New York; first place in the northeastern division, and third place nationally in a contest sponsored by Daughters of American Revolution. Most recently, her biography, Dynamite Mike, won first place in the unpublished biography category at the 2009 Florida Writer’s Conference, and her novel, The Promise, was a finalist in the unpublished mainstream fiction category.
When Lona is not writing she is actively involved in the Jail Ministry of Otsego County, New York, as a Lay Speaker in her church, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and Glimmerglass Opera Guild in Cooperstown, New York, or she is traveling with her husband, George.
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