Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome Back, Ronie Kendig

Meet Roni!

People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?
Life before writing? What is this of which you speak? Seriously, I’ve

always been writing. It’s a form of therapy for me, and I’ve done it since before I even considered trying to get published. It’s a passion that is borne deeply in my being—and I LOVE IT!

The book is not a new one (copyright date of 2005, I believe), but it has made it to my Top 5 all-time books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Also, Jim Rubart’s THE CHAIR.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
I have no recipe, but I’d be a tiramisu with layers of soft creaminess (I’m a softhearted person) but also with a jolt of espresso (I am always busy and going!).

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
The poor thing—to be in my kitchen it must be pretty desperate because there’s no great meal coming up or sweet treats, so I’d prepare said monster a cappuccino and ask it to have seat and tell me what’s got his spots in a dither. And then I’d encouraged it to drink and talk fast because my new puppy will most likely mistake it for one of her squeaky toys and will try to disembowel it of all its fluff!

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Working at a now-defunct large Christian bookstore chain as the assistant music buyer, I had the privilege of working in-stores with artists. This particular night, my husband joined me and we were responsible for “protection” of premier artist, Rich Mullins. When we left the store, this woman appeared with a bowl and asked Rich if she could watch his feet. I was mortified and stunned, but Rich—all kindness and graciousness—told her he appreciated her intent, but he’d rather not. “I’m funny that way,” he said. She wasn’t offended and he got away without clean feet! I’ll never forget what an amazing artist and humble servant he was!

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Cleaning toilets! I thought for sure once I had kids that I could get out of that nasty chore, but somehow, it’s always me cleaning the great porcelain thrones in our home.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
Right now, he’s re-emphasizing that I am not to be doing everything by myself, that He wants to save me from my hurst, from my habits, my hang-ups. He wants to save me for His purpose and by His grace. But I hae to quit trying to do it by myself. I have to realx, and I haven’t been doing so well with that lately. I need to relearn (and probably will, over and over) to let God be God.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be Trinity: Military War dog and is about a military working dog and her handler who must rescue an intelligence officer who was kidnapped in the Afghan mountains. It’s the first book in the A Breed Apart series and will release September 2012.

Find Ronie at:
Ronie on the web: www.roniekendig.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction
Twitter: www.twitter.com/roniekendig

Roni is giving away a copy of Firethorn. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole Brown


Joanne Sher said...

I'm glad I'm not a purple polka-dotted monster ;)
Please enter me!

Marianne said...

Ronie Kendig's novels are must have. Right up there with Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason. Would love to win this novel. Thanks for a great interview and opportunity to win.


Charity U said...

Please enter me!


Abbi Hart (gatorade635) said...

I hate cleaning toilets too! Though I'm not sure it's a chore anyone enjoys! I can't wait to read this new series all Of Ronie's books are AMAZING!

Amy R.S. said...

Hi. I also have a new puppy that enjoys tearing up her fluffy toys. I haven't ready any of your books yet, but I have read so many great things about them. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

ann said...

I like your little story about the feet washing of Rich Mullins LOL
amhengst at verizon dot net

lgm52 said...

Great interview. Sounds like wonderful reading.

lgm52 said...

Great interview. Sounds like wonderful reading.

lgm52 said...

Great interview. Sounds like wonderful reading.

apple blossom said...

love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

I love Ronie's books. But I have them so do not put me in the drawing.

I'm just saying she is a great writer!

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I'm intrigued by Ms. Kendig's next series ... my brother wanted to be a K-9 police officer when he was younger, now he wants to go into the military. Maybe I could even get him to read these books --sounds like there's enough action to hook him in. =)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Bethany said...

The Rich Mullins story is very funny!! I'd love a copy!


Patsy said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. I know Ronie is a great writer.


Anne Payne said...

Ronie's books rock!!!

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