Interview: Bonnie Engstrom

Welcome Bonnie Engstrom to the blog today.

BONNIE

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’ve only been writing fiction for about the past ten years. Before that I wrote a non-fiction book about online prayer partners. When I pitched it at Mount Herman no editor understood the concept, both of the book and online prayer groups. By the way, I moderate a small online prayer chain of about twenty women all over the U.S. and one in Norway. If anyone is interested, they can contact me at bengstrom@hotmail.com. Be sure to put Prayer Chain in the subject line.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

I hope they will find it tongue-in-cheek humorous and get a kick out of the crazy characters; also, appreciate that love really is a gift at any age.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I have two more books almost ready to be published. They are very different from Butterfly Dreams which is basically a Lady Lit and my longest work of fiction. A Winning Recipe is a traditional romance between young people, and Second Chances is a women’s fiction about three women whose lives intertwine and find love, as well as find themselves. Both of those will have at least one sequel.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick in which he encourages readers to pray audaciously.

Favorite authors?

No contest ~ Deb Raney, Dan Walsh, Randy Alcorn and scores of other Christian authors; Janice Tompkins for her humor, A.K. Arenz for her cozy mysteries, and oh, so many more. I also love the clean, secular stories of Deb Macomber and Jennifer Chiaverini because they are gifted storytellers and center their stories around things they love to do – knitting for Deb, quilting for Jennifer.

Book you’re currently reading?

It’s almost embarrassing to say. I’m reading my own Butterfly Dreams on Kindle so I can see how it looks and if it comes across the way I’d hoped.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

Any time I’m not taking care of four of my grandchildren!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

One word: READ! Well, also shop. My daughter says “Give Grammy a credit card and a sale, and she’s on it!”

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?

My faith in Jesus and the patience, persistence and hope He has given me.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

One who loves what s/he does and whose stories touch others’ lives and bring joy to them by transporting them to another world.

Where can we learn more about you?

Oh, dear. My website is ancient and will be revised soon. This whole publishing thing caught me by surprise. Still, it basically shares who I am. I am also learning how to navigate on Facebook. My website address is www.bonnieengstrom.com.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I hope no matter what anyone’s dream is that they will never give up and depend on God to guide them.

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