Welcome Bonnie Dodge!

Take This Job and Love It

Finish this sentence. The best thing about writing is …………

  • Selling your book/story.
  • Collecting royalties.
  • Speaking at conferences.
  • Signing books and meeting new readers.
  • Seeing your name in the paper and in magazines.

I bet you can come up with a hundred more answers: Creating characters. Getting back at the villains in your life by killing them off in your stories. Lying. Telling the truth. Realizing dreams by rewriting your own stories.

All of the above are valid reasons, but for me the best thing about writing is getting to hang out with other writers. Let’s face it. Writing can be a lonely profession. You have to box yourself in a corner and write non-stop until your eyes cross and your butt numbs. I call it getting in the zone, but my husband calls it checking out, and he may be right. To create my stories I have to walk away from the laundry, the cooking, the housecleaning, my friends and family—the real world—and enter another dimension. And even though that is fun and exciting, it can also be lonely. Especially when I’m stuck or my characters refuse to do my bidding.

Writers by nature are curious and analytical. We like to take things apart. We like to put them back together again. We like to make things better and bring order to chaos. We can spend hours discussing plot lines, themes, story questions, or why something isn’t working. Hours that can drive non-writers batty. But we thrive on the confusion, the planning and the editing. Without it we’re lost.

And that’s why, for me, the best thing about writing is the wonderful writers I meet. People like me who struggle every day to tell their stories. Royalties are nice. Seeing my name on a book is thrilling. But my writing peers understand me. They challenge me, and make me a better writer.

What’s the best thing about writing for you?

BonnieDBIO  About Bonnie: Bonnie Dodge lives and writes from her home in southern Idaho. Her award-winning fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in several newspapers, magazines and anthologies in the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit her web page at http://bonniedodge.com and follow her on Twitter @BJDodge


Book Blurb
Three generations of Foster women–senior citizen Maxine, attention seeker Grace, and 166_0.488896001409264164_waiting_cv_hraspiring artist Abbie–think they are nothing alike. But they all share a secret. They wait. For love, for attention, for life, for death, for Idaho’s warm, but promising summer to return. In their journeys between despair and happiness, they learn there are worse things than being alone, like waiting for the wrong person’s love. With sensitivity and humor, Waiting carries readers into the hearts of three women who learn that happiness comes from within.

Now available at  Amazon or at B&N.

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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6 Responses to Welcome Bonnie Dodge!

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Welcome, Bonnie! You’re absolutely right, hanging out with other writers and talking shop wins, hands down. 🙂

    Congratulations on Waiting! Sounds intriguing. I love exploring three different people–on the surface–whose journeys are nonetheless the same or shared. What kind of artist is Abbie?

  2. Bonnie Dodge says:

    Thanks, Mary. It was a challenge writing three story lines and making sure I didn’t leave any holes. Abbie is sixteen and she likes to draw. She is studying art in high school and hopes to win an art scholarship for a summer internship in San Francisco.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Bonnie!

    So happy to have you hear sharing your release with us! I love the concept of stories like this. They are also some I can’t write!

    I do agree about the wonderful writers on this journey. I’m going to Ninc conference (my first in 10 years) and hope to meet many of the friends I’ve been speaking with online for the past many years!

  4. Bonnie Dodge says:

    Hi Dale, thanks for hosting me today. Hanging out with other writers always energizes me, even if I come home from the event dragging. There’s something about a room full of writers that gets the ideas flowing, not that you need that, you’re a writing machine. But I know you will enjoy the Ninc conference!

  5. Bonnie – saw the link on Facebook and came over. Great post. I love meeting other writers too and, since my first book was non-fiction memoir, on my year as a widow, I connected with others who had loss. I love hearing from my readers and I love talking shop with other writers. Just like we hooked up on the romance caper on Facebook the other week. This is a great blog too. I’ve bookmarked it.

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