Featured Interview With LeeAnn Bonds
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised an Air Force brat and married an Army brat who couldn’t give up the nomad life. We did settle in north Idaho for a time to raise our children, whom I homeschooled all the way into college. The kids are grown, and we have flown the empty nest and returned to the wandering life.
We currently live on Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, where I’m learning to love heat and humidity to a greater degree than I ever thought possible. Our weather is beautiful all the time, except for the occasional typhoon.
We’re don’t have pets of our own, but our neighborhood is replete with booney dogs and feral chickens, not to mention the geckos. Lots of critters to love.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have loved reading since before I can remember. I have always read voraciously. Indiscriminately. Randomly. Repeatedly. As if time is running out.
I’ve been writing since I discovered that telling stories is as much fun as reading them. I specifically remember lying belly-down on a swing, twirling slowly, writing a story in my head when I was about 10 years old. There was a princess, and a peacock…
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
C.S. Lewis is my all-time favorite author, supplying fantasy, science fiction, popular theology and profound wisdom all from one pen! I love classics in all genres. I love a good sci-fi adventure, and spec fic all its weirdness. I love women’s fiction built around realistic people who are trying their best to figure things out and love one another.
Currently, Stan C. Smith is inspiring me to greater weirdness…but truly, the worldwide family of writers provides unending inspiration every day!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is Scrabble Weather: Montana Rising book 2. Montana Rising is a slightly eccentric teacher, avid Scrabble player and writer of fantastical stories. She’s raising her granddaughter and caring for her ailing war-veteran husband.
I include the stories Montana is writing, as alternating chapters between my chapters recounting her adventures. In Scrabble Weather, she is reuniting with her long-estranged daughter (the mother of the granddaughter she’s raising), who’s fresh from rehab and ready to get her life back together. The story is filled with hope and happiness, and Scrabble!
Although the first Montana Rising book took me several years to write as I was raising my family, this one came together in a year, and I’m excited to be starting on the next in the series already!
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