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S02-02 A Conversation with Cindy Bonner

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Cindy Bonner’s first novel, LILY, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Pipe Bearer’s Award. Her novels have been listed as “Best Books” by the American Library Association and have been translated into Spanish and German. Her fourth novel, RIGHT FROM WRONG, won the Pen Texas Award and was finalist for the Women Writing the West’s Willa Literary Award.


Bonner takes an unstereotypical -- and historically truer -- approach to writing. None of the gunmen in her fictional shoot-outs are very good shots; the soldiers in her war stories drive supply trucks rather than tanks. The real heroes of her fiction are often the women -- strong, spirited, capable women, but women who are faithful to their time and situation. Historical accuracy is the keystone of her work.


Besides writing, Cindy is an avid watcher of birds, the weather and the political goings-on in Washington D.C. And she is, in her words, “a bottomless well of spotty information on history and the meaning of life.”

Here are links to Cindy at Amazon and archives at Texas State University.