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Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig, a self proclaimed Army Brat, grew up in the classic military family with her father often on temporary duty and her mother holding down the proverbial fort.

Both of her  parents were born in other countries.  Her dad had US citizenship through his father, but her mom immigrated to the States when she was 18 and later became naturalized.  Also, Ronie has one brother.

Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade.  Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when, more than twenty years ago, she married a military veteran.  Ronie describes her husband Brian as her real-life hero.    Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their two dogs a Golden Retriever, and a Maltese Menace in Dallas, TX.

Ronie’s mornings and days are spent  with her four children whom she homeschools (the first of which graduated in 2011), and then after dinner, she locks herself away and writes.  Some days she can get 2-3 chapters done, others, 2-3 pages.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has volunteered extensively,  serving in capacities ranging from coordinator of a national contest to appointment assistant at the national/annual conference.

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have been gained national attention, including:

  • Finalist in Christian Retailing’s 2011 Readers’ ChoiceRonie Kendig Awards (Nightshade)
  • Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s 2011 International  Readers’ Choice Awards in Romantic Suspense (Nightshade)
  • 2011 FamilyFiction Ronie KendigReaders’ Choice Awards – 8th place with Nightshade, 3rd place as New Favorite Author
  • INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)Ronie Kendig
  • The Christian Manifesto’s 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)Ronie Kendig

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ronie.  Here’s what she had to say.

Kristen:  When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy spending your time doing?

Ronie:  I prefer to do something—anything—that puts me in motion, whether painting/redecorating, shopping, or being out with my kiddos. It really helps invigorate me and stir up creativity!

Kristen:  You really have a heart for military personnel.  What do you see as the biggest struggle for our servicemen and women today?

Ronie:   Despite great advances in the military’s recognition of PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury), there is still a great need to support our troops in a variety of ways. Many of the enlisted struggled to support their families on tiny wages while veterans are seeing severe benefit cuts (I know of one retired officer who’s disability pay was cut ninety percent—and he’s nearing retirement!). So, I think anything we can do, like partnering with organizations like Soldiers’ Angels and The Wounded Warrior Project to reach out to our military heroes is very beneficial.

Kristen:  Do you have a current work in progress?

Ronie:  Indeed, I do—I’m currently working on the last pieces of research for the military war dog series Barbour Contracted in January. The first book, Trinity: Military War Dog, will release in August 2012.

Kristen:  Which of your characters would you most want to be friends with?

Ronie:   Now, that’s not fair and could get me in a lot of trouble with my characters. LOL Let’s say each of them has a unique quality that I would love to have around. Max—his no-nonsense, get the to the heart of the matter approach. Cowboy’s Southern charm and deeply rooted faith. Canyon’s quiet but quick intelligence and sense of honor. Legend’s unflappable personality and his ability to believe in others when they don’t’ believe in themselves. Then there’s all the women of Nightshade. . .

Kristen:  How do you think moving around so much and changing schools as a child affected the way you view friendships as an adult?

Ronie:  It affected me great—both in my education and my friendships. As an adult, I’ve had to learn how to nurture friendships, how to be a friend. I’m used to moving a lot and often and not really having deep roots in anything or any friendships. It’s nice, however, with the internet to have friends for years and reconnect with those friends I had in high school. It’s challenging to say the least.

Kristen:  What type of books do you like to read and who are your favorite authors?

Ronie:  There are three basic types of books I like to read: thrillers, historical (can you believe it?), and supernatural/speculative. My favorite authors include Robert Liparulo, Stephen Lawhead, Kathy Tyers, Steven James, Joel Rosenberg, Lisa Bergren, MaryLu Tyndall…

Ronie has described herself as being A Jelly Fish in a Rhino Industry.   She’s very sensitive, empathetic and softhearted.   “I can sense pain and heartache.” she says, “I’m not easily angered—unless I see someone being made fun of or ridiculed.  I take things personally. . .because life is personal—it’s about people, about those around me.”

As I said in my review , if you only read one book this year make it Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig–You won’t be disappointed.

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Stephen Bly: 1944-2011

Author Stephen Bly                rode home to glory today, at the age of 67. He had been battling cancer.

Stephen Bly authored 100 books and hundreds of articles.  THE LONG TRAIL HOME, (Broadman & Holman), won the prestigious 2002 CHRISTY AWARD for excellence in Christian fiction in the category western novel. Three other books  were Christy Award finalists.

Stephen Bly was born August 17, 1944, in Ivanhoe, CA,  and grew up on a farm in central California’s San Joaquin Valley.  He met his wife, Janet at Redwood High School in Visalia, CA.  He ranched with his uncle and his father  until age 30.  Steven Bly

Stephen pastored several churches, and was currently the pastor of Winchester Community Church.  He was rarely seen without cowboy boots, hat, and jeans–even in the pulpit. He served as mayor of Winchester, Idaho from 2000-2007, and spoke on numerous television and radio programs, including Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family.  He was an Active Member of  Western Writers of America.

Steve graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Fresno State University and received a M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.

From 1982 to 1996, he was part of a team of speakers who represented Family Living Conferences for Moody Bible Institute.  He traveled with Kevin Leaman, Gary Chapman, Dr. Harold J. Sala, Gary Ezzo, and Greg Speck.  He also mentored writing students for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

Stephen lived with his wife, Janet  in the mountains of north-central Idaho, in the pine trees, next to a lake on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.  A third generation westerner, Steve spent his early years working on ranches and farms. In his spare time, he pursued collecting antique Winchesters and construction of Broken Arrow Crossing, a false front western village near his home.

In his final Facebook post, only 6 days before his death this is what he had to say:    Despite being poked, prodded, tossed and turned every hour by numerous nurses while I bide my time in a quarantined hospital bed, have managed to complete 5,700 words rough draft on Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. Only 69,300 more words to go.

Stephen once told an interviewer that he doesn’t like writing about a place he’s never been.  Oh, the stories he could tell us now.

Stephen Bly was interviewed for a April 29, 2011 post  http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/2011/04/throw-devil-off-train-stephen-bly-free.html  The interview contains his salvation experience and other personal questions.

Books Written By Stephen Bly

Nonfiction:
Radical Discipleship Moody, 1981)
God’s Angry Side (Moody,1982)
Quality Living in a Complicated Age (Here’s Life,1984)
How To Be a Good Dad (Moody,1986)
Just Because They’ve Left Doesn’t Mean They’re Gone (FOF,1993)
Once a Parent, Always a Parent Tyndale House,1993)
Help! My Adult Child Won’t Leave Home (Tyndale,2006)
The Surprising Side of Grace (Discovery House,1994)

Fiction Series:

Stephen BlyRivers in Arizona Series

Rivers in Arizona (Back to the Bible, 1991)

Rock of Ages (Back to Bible,1991)

Stuart Brannon Western Series
Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing (Crossway,1991)
False Claims at the Little Stephen Mine (Crossway,1992)
Last Hanging at Paradise Meadow (Crossway,1992)
Standoff at Sunrise Creek (Crossway,1993)
Final Justice at Adobe Wells (Crossway,1993)
Son of an Arizona Legend (Crossway,1993)
Nathan T. Riggins Western Adventure Series
The Dog Who Would Not Smile (Crossway,1992)
Coyote True (Crossway,1992)
You Can Always Trust a Spotted Horse (Crossway,1993)
The Last Stubborn Buffalo in Nevada (Crossway,1993)
Never Dance With a Bobcat (Crossway,1993)
Hawks Don’t Say Goodbye (Crossway,1994)
The Adventures of Nathan T. Riggins, Vol. 1 (Crossway,2001)
The Adventures of Nathan T. Riggins, Vol. 2 (Crossway,2001)
Code of the West Western Series
It’s Your Misfortune & None of My Own (Crossway,1994)
One Went To Denver & The Other Went Wrong (Crossway,1995)
Where The Deer & The Antelope Play (Crossway,1995)
Stay Away From That City They Call It Cheyenne (Crossway,1996)
My Foot’s In The Stirrup & My Pony Won’t Stand (Crossway,1996)
I’m Off To Montana For To Throw The Hoolihan (Crossway,1997)
The Austin-Stoner Files Series
The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison (Crossway,1995)
The Final Chapter of Chance McCall (Crossway,1996)
The Kill Fee of Cindy LaCoste (Crossway,1997)
The Lewis and Clark Squad Series

Intrigue at the Rafter B Ranch (Crossway,1997)
The Secret of the Old Rifle (Crossway,1997)
Treachery at the River Canyon (Crossway,1997)
Revenge on Eagle Island (Crossway,1998)
Danger at Deception Pass (Crossway,1998)
Hazards of the Half-Court Press (Crossway,1998)


The Heroines of the Golden West Series

Sweet Carolina (Crossway,1998)
The Marquessa (Crossway,1998)
Miss Fontenot (Crossway,1999)
Old California Series
Red Dove of Monterey (Crossway,1998)
Last Swan In Sacramento (Crossway,1999)
Proud Quail of the San Joaquin (Crossway,2000)
Fortunes of the Black Hills Series

Beneath a Dakota Cross (B&H,1999)
Shadow of Legends (B&H,2000)
Long Trail Home (B&H,2001)
Friends and Enemies (B&H,2002)
Last of the Texas Camp (B&H,2002)
The Next Roundup (B&H,2003)
The Skinners of Goldfield Series
Fool’s Gold (Crossway,2000)
Hidden Treasure (Crossway,2000)
Picture Rock (Crossway,2001)
The Belles of Lordsburg Series
The Senator’s Other Daughters (Crossway,2001)
The General’s Notorious Widow (Crossway,2001)
The Outlaw’s Twin Sister (Crossway,2002)
The Retta Barre Oregon Trail Series

The Lost Wagon Train (Crossway,2002)
The Buffalo’s Last Stand (Crossway,2002)
The Plain Prairie Princess (Crossway,2002)
The Homestead Series
Strangers & Pilgrims (Crossway,2002)
Courage & Compromise (Crossway,2003)
Reason & Riots (Crossway,2003)
Adventures on the Western Frontier Series

Daring Rescue at Sonora Pass (Crossway,2003)
Dangerous Ride Across Humboldt Flats (Crossway,2003)
Mysterious Robbery on the Utah
Plains (Crossway,2003)
The Horse Dreams Series

Memories of a Dirt Road Town (B&H,2005)
The Mustang Breaker (B&H,2006)
Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago (B&H,2006)

Fiction Stand-Alone:
The President’s Stuck in the Mud (Chariot/Cook,1982)
Trouble in Quartz Mountain Tunnel (Chariot/Cook,1985)
The Land Tamers (Tyndale,1987)(Center Point,2009)
Time Warp Tunnel (Chariot/Cook,1985)
Paperback Writer (B&H,2003)
One Step Over The Border (Center Street,2007)

Creede of Old Montana (Center Point,2009)
Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon (Center Point,2010)

===STEPHEN & JANET BLY (co-authored)===

Fiction Series:
The Crystal Blake Series
Crystal’s Perilous Ride (Chariot/Cook,1986)

Crystal’s Solid Gold Discovery (Chariot/Cook,1986)
Crystal’s Rodeo Debut (Chariot/Cook,1986)
Crystal’s Mill Town Mystery (Chariot/Cook,1986)
Crystal’s Blizzard Trek (Chariot/Cook,1986)
Crystal’s Grand Entry (Chariot/Cook,1986)
The Hidden West Series
Fox Island (Servant,1996)
Copper Hill (Servant,1997)
Columbia Falls (Servant,1998)
The Carson City Chronicles Series
Judith and the Judge (Servant,2000)
Marthellen and the Major (Servant,2000)
Roberta and the Renegade (Servant,2000)

Nonfiction:
Questions I’d Like to Ask (Moody,1982)
Devotions With a Difference (Moody,1982)
How To Be a Good Mom (Moody,1988)

Be Your Mate’s Best Friend (Moody,1989)
How To Be a Good Grandparent (Moody,1990)
Winners & Losers (Moody,1982,1993)
The Power of a Godly Grandparent (Beacon Hill,2003)

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