Bonnie Rose is a friend, and we are also associated through The Old Schoolhouse magazine. I am thrilled to be able to share with you Part 1 of my 3-part author interview with her! Grab a cuppa and get to know a bit about Bonnie Rose.
1. When writing a new book, how do you go about planning for it? Do you have a method you use, or is each one different?
I’m a planner by nature. I love to lay out all the details and know where I’m going before I take the first step. But, I’ve noticed that God often likes to remind me that I’m not the one who is in charge of my life, He is! So I usually start a project with a hook and an outline. I need to know the heart of the project before I start. That’s what gets me excited about writing it. What will its purpose be? What will it illustrate? I write an outline, or have one in my mind, but the story or project always takes lots of unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes the research doesn’t pan out and I have to choose a different direction. Sometimes the outline doesn’t go far enough. I remember working on the first book-length project I tried to write. I had a beautiful outline for the entire book. I had covered the entire outline in four chapters! I had some major re-planning to do on that one!
2. Do you have a certain writing space, somewhere you go *just* to write your books? An office, a lake cabin, a hotel? What do you love about that space? How does it inspire you?
I don’t have a writing space. I do have an office/library that I enjoy sometimes when I write because I can close the door and enjoy being surrounded by books! But I will write anywhere, anytime I get the chance, including on grocery lists at the store, in the car (provided I’m not driving, of course), on a notepad by my bed, it really doesn’t matter. I can get lost in an idea almost anywhere!
3. What would you say to a young person who aspires to be a writer? What advice would you give?
Don’t give up. Write everything down that you feel God has put on your heart to write about. Twenty years from now, you might look back on a story you wrote and think it was really silly. I did. I started writing my first book when I was around 11 or 12. When I read now what I wrote, I see a lot of mistakes I didn’t see back then. But that’s not what matters. I wrote down the story that was on my heart.
As you learn more about writing, you will probably find yourself feeling frustrated and discouraged at times by all the rules and all the details. You might wonder why something you thought sounded just fine didn’t get published. The most important thing to remember is that being published isn’t what makes you a writer. If you are a writer, it’s because that’s what God has called you to do. You may get published; you may not. You may not make a living by being a professional author. But that doesn’t change God’s call. Listen to Him, grow closer to Him, and obey Him. That’s what matters.
4. What is your goal with writing? Is it the same with every book?
My prayer is that everything I write would honor God and help whoever reads it know that God loves them and that they are special to Him. There are days we don’t feel special. There are days we feel like no one knows who we are or cares how we are feeling. I want my readers to know that God does know, that He does care, and that they are more precious to Him than they could ever imagine.
5. What other projects will you be working on in the near future?
That’s a hard question to answer. I can tell you what I think I’ll be working on next, but as I said earlier, God likes to surprise me and rearrange my carefully laid plans often! Right now I’m busy writing curriculum for SchoolhouseTeachers.com and an occasional article for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I wrote a children’s book that is waiting for an agent or editor to pick up so that it can move to publication. I am working on the process of querying agents and editors with it now, but it is a very long process. Meanwhile, my book’s main character, a boy named Jake, blogs every week on my blog, Exploring with Jake. In the next few weeks Jake will wrap up a study of India and start a series of posts about Christians who are being persecuted today for their faith in places around the world. I’d also like to continue creating copywork and printables for my website, WriteBonnieRose.com.
Bonnie’s ebook, Asia: Its People and History, is on sale now for $6.95 for Kindle. I recently reviewed Bonnie’s book, so feel free to head over and read Gaining a Biblical Worldview with Asia: Its People and History. Then click the image above to read a description of the ebook and to make your purchase via The Old Schoolhouse. The ebook is also available on Amazon, for those of you who may prefer that option.
Be sure to return next Tuesday for Part 2 of this author interview with Bonnie Rose Hudson!
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.
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