I wander a lot, through books, life, and the world, picking up treasures as I go. Some of those I can’t help but share.
I’ve been drawn to the written page from early days, reading and writing my way through the classics and all sorts of genres for my MA in creative writing from the University of Tennessee. It took me awhile to follow the muse. I spent several years in technical and research writing for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and sales support writing for a software outfit, all the while hungrily studying the fiction craft, reading endlessly.
Living in the Southeast has left its mark, and I have a fondness for the roots and culture here, the language, pace, and quirks of the people. In my first novel, Light to the Hills, this is easy to see.
But I also appreciate travel. There’s so much of the universal in us, despite differences in tastes, families, or culture. Those fascinating morsels from other people and unfamiliar places often show up in my writing as well.
I try to find humor in imperfection. I love words, language, books, and a solidly written sentence. Our home is full of books, top to bottom (it’s a wonder the floors don’t cave in!), so it’s only natural that I see life as story. Growing up in a large military family gave me great material.
I raised two children and live on a mini farm in central Tennessee with a garden, chickens, and bees. I’m married to a small-animal veterinarian, my partner in faith, parenting, and life.
In my blog, you’ll find my “thoughts along the way,” stories from our life, and ways I’ve found grace through the Ordinary.
You can visit Bonnie at her website: https://www.bonnieblaylock.com
Bonnie's book Light to the Hills is historical fiction, set in Depression-era Appalachia, and is slated for publication (by Lake Union Publishing) December of 2022. Light to the Hills, won the 2021 Porch Prize for fiction and an excerpt was printed in Vanderbilt’s Nashville Review.