month I’d like to
introduce Bonnie Leon. Way back when I first started reading Christian
fiction I had discovered Bonnie’s books. I’d read all of the
Thoene books and was looking for a serious read. I found a
book with a cross taped to the label, which was attached to the spine
of the book identifying it as a Christian book. I was so glad I went
looking for more authors. Bonnie has opened me up to a whole new world
with her stories. But enough about my excitement in getting to know
Bonnie merely through being a loyal fan.
are the tidbits about
Bonnie that she chooses to share about herself.
There’s a television commercial
that says, “Life comes at you fast.” It does. I was reminded of this on
June 11, 1991 when it came at me real fast and changed my life forever.
My eleven-year-old daughter and
I were driving up a winding road near my home when a log truck loaded
with huge logs, coming from the other direction, barreled around a
corner. I noticed the inside back tires of the trailer were lifted off
the highway rather than being planted on the pavement where they
belonged. I knew I was in trouble.
The seconds that
followed are forever etched into my memory—the screams of my daughter
mingled with the rasping screech of metal and tires. The truck tipped
over, dumping its load of logs down an embankment in front of us. It
struck my van and left it teetering on the edge of a cliff. It also
left me with spinal damage and chronic pain.
Sounds like a sad tale, but it’s
not really. The reason—God. First off, he saved our lives. According to
all the experts we are walking miracles. Plus God set me on a course to
doing something bigger than myself.
many months prior to the
accident I’d been writing short stories, poems, vignettes . . . just
for fun. After the accident I was empty and couldn’t write. Months
followed and the pain and disability didn’t lift. Doctors told me I’d
never live a “normal” life. I wondered how I’d live through even one
I was devastated. What could I
do with my tattered life? I couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes
at a time, couldn’t take care of my family. Some days I needed help
just getting from my bed to the sofa. My future looked bleak but I had
hope. Although struggling with depression, I knew God hadn’t forsaken
me. I asked Him to give me something to do that mattered. He did. He
gave me writing.
He opened every door. When there
was no money for extras, He provided a first-rate IBM Selectric
typewriter via a dumpster. He gave me a scholarship to a writing
conference, which provided the tools I needed to write my first book.
He brought mentors and encouragers into my life who guided me through
my first novel and many others. He found a publishing home for my first
book and then carried that novel to enough readers that it became a
When I was young I never dreamed
I’d become a writer, but God knew. And He understood what was needed to
get me where He wanted me. In all honesty, if the decision had been
left up to me I wouldn’t have made the same choice, but I rest in God’s
love and wisdom.
He knows the plans He has for
me. And because of that, I can praise Him for every day.
Bonnie Leon is the author of
including the popular Queensland Chronicles and the Sydney Cove series,
plus the bestselling Journey of Eleven Moons. She’s excited about a
three-book contract she just signed with Revell for a new Alaskan
Bonnie also stays busy speaking
and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. She and her husband
Greg live in the mountains of Southern Oregon. They have three grown
children and four grandchildren.