Welcome back to Part 2 of my Interview with an Author series with Bonnie Rose Hudson! I’m excited today to share Bonnie’s thoughts on books that have personally influenced her, as well as God’s giftings and how we use them.
Q & A with Bonnie Rose
7. What is one lesson you learned from writing this book?
That God’s plans are far better and wiser than any we could make on our own.
8. What books have most influenced you?
Other than the Bible, that’s a tough question to answer. I have loved to read forever! When I was growing up, I could not get enough of the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard. A little later, I fell in love with the Corrie Belle Hollister series by Michael Phillips, a series about a girl in the old West who wanted to be a writer. As a teenager, I read the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve read dozens of books by authors including Michael Phillips, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Janette Oke, Sharon Hinck, Francine Rivers, T. Davis Bunn, Gilbert Morris, and others that have left permanent impressions on my heart and changed the way I look at things.
9. Who is your favorite author?
All of the above!
10. Is there an author that you would especially like to meet?
T. Davis Bunn, Michael Phillips, and Robin Jones Gunn
11. Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing a book?
Making the time to do it.
12. Did you always have a talent for writing, or is it something you wanted and needed to work harder to achieve?
I think it’s important to realize that there is a difference between a talent and a skill. To me, a talent is a God-given desire and gifting to do something. It’s part of who you are. I can’t not write. It’s part of me. If I don’t take the time to be creative and write down what is going on inside my heart or my mind, I get cranky–just ask my family! But just because I love to write doesn’t mean I automatically know how to do it right or just sit down and write perfect rough drafts! There is always more to learn about how to use the best words to express what you want to communicate, how to craft a story that holds a reader’s attention, how to avoid grammar mistakes, etc. Learning never ends, and most of the time, I wouldn’t want it to.
And don’t forget about Bonnie’s book, Asia: Its People and History. A wonderful way to learn about persecuted christians and other cultures around the world! Now available for Kindle at just $6.95.
Bonnie would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window, or stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market.
Be sure to visit again next Tuesday to read the 3rd and final part of this interview series with Bonnie Rose! We’ll be discussing how to get started in writing and I’ll share some of Bonnie Rose’s advice for aspiring writers!
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