She’s a busy lady. A loving wife. A devoted mother and grandmother. And one amazing author. Thankfully, she had enough time for us at Ashberry Lane to ask her a few questions about her latest release. Ashberry Lane: In the Northern Lights series, you bring the story full-circle. In the first two books, Ana clings to the Native ways at first, then leaves it for town life. Now, in the final book, Luba, her daughter, returns to the Native way of life. When you started writing this series, did you know that’s where you would end up? Bonnie Leon: Yes. That was the plan all along. When I create a series I usually know the basic plot of all the books in the series. When I imagined the story I knew that Luba had to return to the place of her ancestors and discover her roots. And what was truly special about writing this series is that I also discovered my roots. AL: How were you able to vividly describe all the settings in the books? Have you traveled to the places you wrote about? BL: I’ve never been to the Aleutian Islands, so when I received a letter from a life-long resident telling me that my descriptions were spot on, I was thrilled. I invested a lot of time in research, gathering information from books, magazines, pictorials, videos, and from those who had lived there. Ray Hudson, a historian and resident of Unalaska for many years, was a tremendous help. He answered my every question and helped me bring the beauty and culture to life in the pages of this series. AL: The original story was inspired by one of your ancestors experiencing a tsunami like Anna did in The Journey of Eleven Moons. How much of this series is based on your family’s history? BL: The opening of The Journey of Eleven Moons came from an experience my grandmother had. She stood on a high bluff and watched a tsunami charge into the beach. This sparked my imagination and the story unfolded from there. The historical and geographical background is accurate, and the location is part of my family heritage. My great-grandmother and my grandmother spent much of their lives on the Aleutian Islands, but beyond that the story is fiction. I did write a stand-alone book that follows this series that includes this same cast of characters and comes right out of my grandparents’ life. Thanks, Bonnie, for a fantastic end to this series! Get your copy of Return to the Misty Shore today! Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo iTunes...Read More
Ashberry Lane Publishing began with a promise. Dianne Price, a spunky, and tough-as-nails Scots woman, had a dream to see her stories published. But time was running out. Dianne was battling cancer, and rejections and disappointments almost stole her dream away. Then she met Christina and Sherrie and signed a contract with Ashberry Lane Publishing, turning dreams into reality. Dianne’s Thistle series, was, unfortunately, published posthumously, but she died knowing that Ashberry Lane would keep its promise and bring Maggie and Rob’s romantic tale to the world. We are thrilled, and a little sad, to announce that Dianne’s final books, We’ll Meet Again and Maggie’s Dream, are now available for your reading pleasure. Dianne’s dream has been fulfilled. Due to her illness, she was finishing Maggie’s Dream days before her passing. It was in the rough draft stage, so we were not able to publish this book in its full form. However, we want to honor Dianne and her fans by seeing the series to completion, so have chosen the most important scenes in this final book and added them to the end of We’ll Meet Again. Dianne’s dream and Maggie’s dream have become utterly entwined in our minds and hearts as we have worked on this series. We hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with Dianne, Maggie, and Rob. If you have not yet started your travels to the small Scottish island of Innisbraw, get your copies of The Thistle series and start your journey today. Click to Explore the Thistle...Read More
In between sets at the Grand Ole Opry, we caught up with Lindsay to ask her a few questions:
Ashberry Lane: Where did the idea for One More Song to Sing come from?Read More
What does the Canadian author have to say about the final release in her critically acclaimed Seven Trilogy? Read on to see.
Ashberry Lane: As the series draws to an end, which character will you miss the most and why?
Between the release of In the Land of the White Nights, and doing rewrites of upcoming Book 3, we asked Bonnie a few questions about the rewriting process of this series.
Ashberry Lane: You rewrote the first book in the series a couple of years ago, so it makes sense that you would want to redo the others in this series. But why? What have you learned about the craft of writing that made you want to bring fresh life to these wonderful books?Read More
Ashberry Lane secretly met with Sara–or blatantly emailed her in Canada–and asked a few questions about her second book and what remains hidden until book three, The Morning Star Rises, releases in October 2016.
How was writing the second book in the series different from writing the first? Was it more, or less, challenging?