We’re crossing the pond to meet today’s guest, fellow Safkhet author, Bonnie Glee, who’s here to tell us all about her road to becoming a published novelist. A story of ups and downs, it just goes to show how, with lots of determination and a good pair of socks, we can win through.
Welcome, Bonnie, it’s great to have you here.
My dream of becoming a published author started, quite unconsciously, by seeing a five-year diary sitting on the edge of my Grandma Jensen’s buffet in her living room. In grade school I made a diary by medical-taping uneven pieces of paper together (never could cut a straight line, still can’t) with a favorite movie star’s picture pasted on the front cover and writing in it often. Then tucking it away in a secret drawer under the gathered skirt of my dressing table (mine didn’t have a key-lock like grandmas).
From there I evolved to story writing during recess, around the age of 12, which gathered giggly classmates around to hear the latest in my amateur love-saga.
Other writers who have greatly influenced me are: Belva Plain, the queen of family saga. Evergreen is an epic of people you know (or can relate to); once you know Anna, you won’t want to put the book down; and Pearl S. Buck’s, The Good Earth, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Chinese people have a hold on my heart for some reason and that book, its feelings and characters lingered with me. She traces the whole cycle of life; its terrors, its passion, its ambitions and rewards. This book is the universal tale of the destiny of men.
My very first publication was a short paragraph to the editor in my hometown newspaper about lowering the speed limit past my house of five (5) little children. To read my printed words fueled my publishing dream.
From there I put my mind and publications to poetry. I remembered my mom toiling over her poems, inviting a school-teacher-neighbor over to critique her grammar and spelling because she only made it thru 8th grade, and watched her excitement when her first poem was published.
Short stories and feature articles followed, my dream was taking hold. Each acceptance for publication was a BIG thrill.
In November 2014 it was 5 years since I sat down to begin my novel; it was a challenge I read somewhere by a group called NaNoWriMo to write the first draft of a novel in the month of November. I took their challenge and it amounted to three solid hours of writing seven days a week for 30 days. I did it!
The years that followed were filled with my edits and the edits of friends and professionals. Then, after 2 years of submitting my manuscript, I got the news, a traditional publisher made me an offer, with royalties and all. The first title was Empty Memories, then Silent Memories, then Sallee’s Secret, and ended up, after strong suggestions from my publisher, Safkhet Publishing, to be Satin Murder for placement in their Suspense Division.
During those long years, discouragement often set in. One Sunday morning I received the final boost I needed. Teacher, Diane Dearden de Ruiter had a Nike logo on the whiteboard as I walked into Relief Society.
She said the Nike logo meant JUST DO IT, and around their house was they had a somewhat similar logo; KEEP WALKING. At the end of her lesson she passed around a basket of socks for each member of the class to choose a pair. When I would get discouraged I would put on these socks, and keep writing.
After nearly a year of preparation for publication with Safkhet Publishing (mine was the next one on their list to be released) an email arrived from them that nearly ended my dream; they were revising their publication contract to Amazon e-books only. No printed copies, and I had plans to present my book as a thank you to several people. Safkhet, after my pleadings and begging’s, presented me with the suggestion to print with CreateSpace. I suddenly found myself as the half-and-half girl (besides half diet coke and half regular coke mixed). I was now half traditionally published and half self-published. The proof arrived.
Through lots of sleepless nights and anguish we met my original launch date of September 1, 2014, and I had my first book signing. Satin Murder was real.
Bonnie Glee is a freelance writer who enjoys membership in the League of Utah Writers, the Utah State Poetry Society with previous leadership positions in both. Her publications include a short story Pigtails in the Cache Valley Magazine; poetry in Utah Sings: Volumes Seven and Eleven and other publications; essays in the Healing Ministry, Not Everybody Can Cry, Wasatch Woman, Life After Motherhood; and human interest articles printed in the Logan Herald Journal, Kirk Peterson: Paradise’s Professional Jockey and The Pied-Piper Marsha Anderson and the Gingerbread Kids. In 2012 she won Honorable Mention for her poem ‘Where is Comfort’ sponsored by Whitmore Library. June 2014 found her short story, Dust of the Evening, printed in the anthology, Romantic Hero’s, by Safkhet Publishing, now out on Amazon.com. September 1, 2014 will be the release date of her first novel, Satin Murder by Safkhet Publishing, e-Book on Amazon.com. and paperback on CreateSpace.
Second book, Token Woman due to be released spring of 2015.
She lives in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with her husband Joe, is the mother of five children and two chosen children, 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (soon to be three).
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Face book: http://facebook.com/bonnie.g.thomas
A family saga best begins with murder, betrayal, and an unexpected gift in Satin Murder
“Ladies don’t just let a gun rattle around in the bottom of their purse.” She took the beige bag, unzipped it, and dropped the contents on the bedspread. She gasped, as Officer Riley and Mr. Davis stared in silence. In place of the gun, there lay a mostly flat brownish-black rock.
It’s the 1950s in Seattle and socialite Sallee Anderson is at the height of her popularity, but her beauty, intelligence, and savviness won’t stop her from being implicated in the cold murder of her husband, who was found dead in his office with a single bullet to the head. What’s more, Sallee’s pistol is missing. Lawyer Ryan is now hot on the case trying to unravel the mystery, but will he make it in time to save Sallee from jail and disgrace?
Disgrace is not all that threatens Sallee’s happiness. With suspicious family and friends surrounding her, Sallee doesn’t know who to trust, especially not with this kind of secret.
What is Sallee’s secret? Read Satin Murder and find out!