Thursday, December 6, 2018

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Bonnie Engstrom

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Bonnie Engstrom

Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on your 5 Star Readers Favorite Award for Restoring Love at Christmastime! Where did you find your inspiration for this story?

Bonnie: My parents and I used to visit Cambridge Springs every summer, so I had fond memories of the old hotel and where I first rode a horse named Traveler. There was a cute stable boy there, too, but not as cute as Jake on the book cover. (Isn’t he adorable?)

LM: The age old question for writers – are you a planner or a “pantster,” and what is your favorite part of the writing process?

Bonnie: I am an off the cuff, maybe sometimes off the wall, writer. I do have ideas for every story I write, but each story evolves by itself. No outline, no plotting. Too boring, too restrictive. Although I admire authors who can do that. Just not my style.

LM: Research is a large part of any book. How did you go about researching Restoring Love at Christmastime, and did you discover any extra special tidbits of information?

Bonnie: Most of the actual details of the hotel were embedded in my memory. But, sadly, I decided right before I sent the manuscript to my publisher to check out the three turrets to be sure there was an angel one. I was devastated to learn the historic hotel had burned down just a week prior to my search. I was torn about the story but decided to honor the old inn and publish it.

LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Bonnie: Knit! Deb Macomber is one of my favorite authors, and she centers many of her books and her life around knitting. I always thought it would be fun to join one of her knitting meetings. I do know how to quilt, though, and used to own a children’s shop that featured just about everything quilted. My poor sons had to wear quilted patchwork shorts when they were two and four. I don’t think they’ve ever forgiven me!

LM: You live in a beautiful area of the world, a place many people visit. If money were no object, what is your idea of the ultimate vacation?

Bonnie: We’ve dreamed of going back to Sweden to connect with our roots, but I’m not sure I want to endure the long flight. Besides, we are so busy with our four Arizona grandkids, we are tied down. We have visited our son and his two boys in Costa Rica, but not recently. Instead we pay for them to come here to connect with their cousins ~ all of whom adore each other.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing! In spite of what some Christians might say, I think it was a poignant and powerful love story. That’s another thing I wish I could do – dance like that.
Favorite food: Sushi. Actually, sashimi. Salmon and crab are close seconds.
Favorite childhood book: Anything Nancy Drew.

LM: What is your next project?

Bonnie: I promised my publisher I would write one more book in the Candy Cane Girls Series. Doreen needs her own story. After that . . . I have several books started – a love story about an older couple (sort of like my debut novel Butterfly Dreams) and one that involves a family secret and a trip to Sweden.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

I’m running a weekly contest, WACKY WEDNESDAY, on my Facebook author page I hope everyone reading this will stop by every Wednesday and answer my question to win fun prizes.

My website will be updated soon, but it’s still a place to see all those grandchildren. See if you can pick out the two surfing boys and the little imp who got baptized with me recently.

My favorite way to connect with readers is via email where we can chat and exchange ideas. I do ask that they put BOOK in the subject line so they don’t fly off into cyberspace.

I’m not very good at Twitter, but my handle is @BonnieEngstrom1.

I’ve given up on Instagram – don’t understand it.

Book blurb:
Why was Jenni taking this journey back in time during the Christmas holidays? Surely, she didn’t expect to see Jake the stable boy. She had moved on from sneaking kisses in the barn after trail rides. He must have, too. Who on earth would stay in the tiny town of Cambridge Springs?

She planned for a respite from teaching, time to read, take quiet walks and indulge in delicious hotel meals. At least no one knew where to find her, none of her friends, and not even her family.

She wanted to soak up memories, alone. Unless by a Christmas miracle Jake was still there to share them.

Can romance still flourish after fifteen years? Will a teacher and a former stable boy remember their first kiss?

Bonnie will gift two Restoring Love at Christmastime books to two people who comment; an eBook and a signed print copy. She hopes you will give a review on Amazon or Goodreads after you read and enjoy it.

Author Bio: Bonnie spends her time between writing and driving four Arizona grandkids to and from school, with Starbucks stops on the way. Her psychologist husband, Dave, takes his turn, too, when he isn’t on a Skype meeting with his University of Phoenix colleagues or preparing dinners as the resident chef. Life is busy for Bonnie and Dave, but filled with love and blessings, soccer games, spelling bees and strings concerts.

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