PM: I am so excited to have Lynnette Bonner with us this week for coffee! Lynnette has written so many books, both contemporary and historical, and I have been blessed to be able to read both genres and loved every moment of them! Thank you, Lynnette for taking the time to answer this nosy reader’s questions, lol! I just have to ask this, I am sure you get it a lot, but what is your favorite time period to write in, contemporary or historical? You are so good at both of them, I imagine this a hard one for you to answer!
LB: Yes, it is hard. I enjoy both of them at different times, which is probably why I end up writing in both. My historicals take quite a bit more thought because it’s important for me to remove myself from our current time-period and ways of thinking and put myself into the characters’ time-period.
LB: I’m currently reading a historical called Rose’s Pledge by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford.
PM: I am sure your life is extremely busy with four children! When do you find the time to write? Where is your favorite place to write?
LB: Admittedly, when they were all little it was much harder. I had a lot of years of only writing a bit here and there. But now they are all adults, except for my last, who is a sophomore in high school, so I have quite a bit more time. Homeschooling does take up a good deal of my mornings, but I tell people that everyone makes time to do the things they love.
PM: Having been raised in Africa, what was your biggest ‘culture shock” upon arriving in the United States?
LB: I think one of the biggest shocks each time we came home was the sheer amount of “stuff” in all the stores. So much frivolous junk that no one truly needs. How many types of laundry detergent does one country really need? Or brands of bread? This was probably made more evident by the vast needs in the country we’d only so recently left (where one bar of soap might be shared among a group of women beating their clothes “clean” on the rocks at the edge of a muddy river bank.)
PM: What was your most beloved book to read as a child?
LB: I think I would have to go by ages, with this. The first books I remember loving and reading for hours were Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. That was when I was about eight. Then followed a phase of the Old Mother West Wind series by Thornton W. Burgess. Loved, loved, loved those books. In high school you would find me with my nose in one Christian romance book or another, but my favorites of those were the Zion books by the Thoenes.
PM: If there was a news story about your life, what would the headline say?
LB: Author Saved by Grace Hopes Others Experience Same.
PM: Do you get to travel back to Africa a lot?
LB: I do not. It is so expensive to travel to Africa. Thousands just for the tickets to get there, not to mention lodging and food on arrival. Raising four kids on a pastor’s salary has made it impossible to go back since I married in 1992. I’d love to go back on a mission’s trip someday. It just hasn’t happened yet.
PM: What is your favorite go to snack, midnight or any time?
LB: Chocolate. Is there anything else? Speaking of which…it’s nearing Easter and those Cadbury Eggs in the purple bags? Yes!
PM: What’s your favorite song?
LB: This is difficult. I think right now I have two. They are both by Zach Williams. One is Fear is a Liar. The other is Chain Breaker. I choose these because of some things our family is going through right now. So thankful to have Jesus to cling to and share my concerns with. And his Word of Truth to stand on as a firm foundation.
PM: How can readers keep up with you and your new releases?
PM: Finally, coffee or tea? Cream, sugar?
LB: I drink both and enjoy both. Most mornings it’s coffee with just cream, no sugar. My preference is with a little sugar, but I’ve been trying to cut way back on sugar and since I’m a chocoholic, I choose to get my intake of sugar that way instead of in my coffee. I drink tea, both hot and iced, at other times of the day.