Bonnie spent 22 years as a newspaper editor and wrote six thrillers, as well as several non-fiction books. An interest in astrology and a friendship with Cosmo Magazine Astrologer Hazel Dixon-Cooper led to the development of her new Star Crossed Series for the YA market.
And in case you’re wondering…Bonnie is a double Gemini, saved by an Aquarius Moon. Air and Fire with very little Earth.
Bonnie has two more books in the Star Crossed Series coming out later this year: Taurus Eyes and Gemini Nights.
You can find Bonnie at her website.
BECAUSE OF A BOOK
I've heard that writers begin as lonely children. Our love of reading leads us to a love of words and ultimately to creating our own stories.
When I was very young, my mother told me that when I learned to read, she would give me her set of old fairytale books. These were the unsanitized tales of the yellow dwarf and the witch cooking kids in the oven. Although I had some wild nightmares, I learned to read in no time.
I went through Edgar Allen Poe faster than you can brick a dead body into a wall. I loved Poe's voice and the sound of his language. "The Telltale Heart." "The Black Cat." Chills to this day.
Then came Saki (H.H. Munro). I can still feel the terror of, "Wolves," the single word that ends his short story, "The Interlopers."
"Sredni Vashtar" told of a sickly little boy and his evil guardian who unsuccessfully tries to stop the boy from worshipping the great ferret for whom the tale is named.
Back then, my cousin frequently spent weekends with us. We would tell each other these and other stories as we lay in pitch blackness in my twin bed.
Late one night she said, "Just roll over and give me a normal look so I can get some sleep."
I made a snarling werewolf face, rolled over, and realized she had done the same. When we saw each other, we both screamed.
Later, I found that what frightened me most wasn't supernatural monsters but the evil that lurks closer to home. "Silence of the Lambs" terrified me because I could imagine people such as these actually existing. I read the scary parts of that book the way I cover my eyes in a horror film, with my finger hiding the rest of a sentence as I read just one word and then the next.
There are times with my own writing that I wish I could do the same thing. Only I can't of course. If I don't write the next word, the next sentence, it won't exist. So that's what I do, sitting here at my desk, often late at night. I carve out stories from the images in my head and shape dialogue from the voices I hear. From the time I read that first fairytale, some part of me knew I would do this one day. It is what I love, and it began because of a book. A lot of books.
About The Telltale Heart - Suspense, fear and the supernatural provide the center for these tales by the master prose writer.