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I am Bonnie Downard, the author of Freshly Cut Grass a newly published Christain/Mystery/Romance e-novel about Aleia who finds her body and soul in danger when she begins to unlock the secrets of her past.
I live in Washington in the Tri-Cities. I'll give you a little info about where I live since it is the setting for Freshly Cut Grass. The Columbia River is our jewel as it passes through our three cities. It cools us off, provides recreation and gives our eyes a reprieve from the scorched hills during the summer months.
Writing is my passion and I've been writing since I was in 5th grade. I started with poetry and later short stories. When I got married and became a very busy mom, I still squeezed in time to write. It helps be breathe. I began what I thought was a short story but it didn't end. It sort of swelled a bit more each day until I finally realized it was a Novel. The thought of a story that long (Novel length) was a bit daunting. But I pecked away at it; or rather it pecked at me. Of course, I had to receive my first novel when I was sooo busy. When I say received, I mean that I consider my writing, my God thing. It’s the way God connects to me and my spirit. So I thank God for the depth and wisdom he adds to my writing endeavors. I’m glad he chooses me again and again to share who he is and how he interacts with us.
Every good book needs an interesting setting. I tried a few far and away places before I discovered that the Tri-Cities had lots of stories just waiting for my voice. So I brought my writing home.
My writing has a strange inspiration, its interior design. I can spend a few hours shopping house wares to feed my hungry stories. I know, it just sounds like an excuse to go to Pier 1. But for real, it helps. I think it’s all the creativity that goes into putting comfort, style and color in living spaces that gets my artsy side revved up.
Of course I get inspiration from people. And hey, there are people at Pier 1 and TJ Max and in all those cute little antique stores that dot the Tri-Cities. Actually there are people all over that give me a wide range of interaction to serve as a palate for my characters.
My characters are never one person that I have seen, met or know. They are like quilts, with swatches of what I see and experience stitched together with what I imagine them to be like or look like.
In my life I have been fortunate to have my parents root for me all along the way and they still are. They have always encouraged me to use my gifts and talents that God has given me. They’ve listened to and read my Poetry, short stories and novels with great enthusiasm. My siblings have been good to me in the way of spurring me on too – thanks I need that!
Loved and cherished, are my Husband and children (yes that includes the dog.) They are my life. They have been great at cheering me on in my writing. Publishing a book is something they consider to be “finishing strong.” And I have to admit that finishing strong is my advice in the shape of a boomerang. So here goes family, I’m publishing a novel. I consider this a brave step on my part. May you also be courageous enough to give your dreams a stage. Just remember I didn’t do it alone. This novel got to this stage because of you and all my supporters.
My friends also hold a very special place in my life as they have given me much in the way of support and encouragement with my writing. They’ve been saying that I should publish my work. So now they can curl up with my story and settle in for an entertaining journey.
For recreation, I water ski. Yes the Columbia is COLD! There are these things called wet suits, I don't usually get out of mine till August. The water being cold is my only complaint. The rest of it is pure joy.
I also enjoy SCUBA. I recently became PADI certified for open water and so did the rest of my family. We experienced our first diving expeditions together in beautiful Maui where we swam with Green Sea Turtles and a plethora of other sea life.
This blog is an avenue to sharing my journeys of writing and publishing.