Saturday, December 20, 2014

An Interview with Author, Bonnie Lanthripe

I met Bonnie Lanthripe in Edmond, Oklahoma when she stopped by the university where I was doing a booksigning. She purchased my Divine Dining  and Victoria and the Ghost. How could an author like me not like someone like that? She became a cherished friend and one of my sweetest encouragers.

Since then, Pen-L Publishing Co. has released Bonnie's debut novel, and it's very good. I'm not just saying that because she's my friend, but because I have a twelve-year-old grandson that the hero of her middle grade book  The Ringleader reminds me of.

 
 


A middle-grade adventure novel. Fourteen year-old Patrick Morrison makes a bizarre unexplainable discovery while exploring a drainage culvert with his friends. Obsessed with identifying what it is and how it got there, his search turns up some surprising clues as they race from one adventure to another. A series of unusual twists uncovers all the pieces of the puzzle, bringing a stunning resolution to the riddle.


 
 
I asked Bonnie to stop by Writing with God's Hope blog today and answer some questions.
 
 
1.  Bonnie, tell us a little about yourself.
      I am originally from Arkansas, lived many years in California where I met my husband and raised our family. We have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandbabies. I love spending time and traveling with them all.

2.  Tell us about your writing journey.
      I basically have been writing for as long as I can remember--- just not on paper. I grew up on a farm in Arkansas and when I was alone, in the field, in the barn loft, I made up stories, even supplying the dialogue and sound effects. I wrote very detailed letters to my friends back home when my family traveled during my teens.
        It wasn't until after our youngest child was in college that I got an opportunity to go back to school to finish my degree. When I began creative writing classes, I felt as if God had presented me with a huge gift; a great big box tied up with a red ribbon; something I'd always wanted, but didn't know it. I've been writing ever since, but it was only two years ago when I got up the nerve to attempt to get published. What a thrill when I held my book in my hand!

3.  Did you ever feel like giving up? And how did you press through this?
     I let life get in my way. It is sometimes difficult for me to discipline myself to a steady routine.  Busy-ness of everyday life sometime overwhelm me and I think maybe it would be better to just stop. Then I remember that God gave me this awesome gift and I plow through the daily "stuff" and come back to the keyboard.

4.  What gave you the idea for this book? What is the book about?
      My 14 year-old grandson told me about an experience he and his friends had. I thought it was hilarious the way he told it, and that it would make a great story.
      The book is about Patrick Morrison and his friends who like to adventure. Instead of hanging around inside, they  get out and explore their neighborhood, the nearby open fields, the surrounding community. Check things out.  They make up wild stories and shoot videos of them.
     One day, while exploring a drainage culvert, Patrick sees something he can't explain, something that really spooks him, but he is determined to find out what it is and how it got into the culvert. His search for the answer leads the boys into some sometimes humorous, sometimes risky, situations but their adventure ends in solving the mystery.

5.  How do you feel this book will encourage people in their walk with Christ, or did you have something in mind when you wrote it?
     "The Ringleader" is not classified a Christian novel, however, when I first began writing courses, I made a commitment to write responsibly. My purpose is to present characters who are respectful, responsible, with integrity. They accept accountability for their actions and learn valuable lessons through their experiences. Isn't that how a Christian is supposed to act?

6.  Anything  more you'd like to add?
      Maybe that I never thought about writing a book for middle-grade or Young Adult. Only when I began writing this one did I realize how fun I was having. I'm having the same good time with the sequel.

7.  What's a little known fact about you?
      I am a socially functioning introvert. Go figure that one out.

 Oh, I love that, Bonnie. I think that describes me, too. Must be why we like each other.  
 
8. Where can your readers find you?
       Bonnie.Lanthripe.com/  From here readers can connect to my author's page, blog and web page.
       Also, Pen-L Publishing, Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.


 
 


 Bonnie Lanthripe, playwright, award-winning actress, novelist, has degrees in Theater and Creative Writing. She has written several one-act stage plays and ESTATE SALE, a full-length published work. An independent editor, her short stories have appeared in inspirational, historicaland devotional anthologies. Originally from Arkansas, she and husband, Jim, made their home inCalifornia for several years before moving to Edmond, Oklahoma. With four children (grown) and six grandchildren, Bonnie says there is always a story just around the corner.
 
 


 I highly recommend The Ringleader for your middle-grade boys. We adults enjoy the book, too.

 

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