Sunday, November 18, 2012

Welcome Back, Ronie Kendig!

It's with pleasure I welcome Ronie back to the Barn Loft Book Shelf today! You'll enjoy learning more about her as you read her interview.

Don't forget to check out yesterday's blog too, for TWO chances to win her book!

Is there a story behind your novel, Trinity: Military War Dog?

This story came about via an email from a dear about this military war dog, whose handler had been captured. It was an incredible story with the dog performing heroic feats to rescue his handler, including killing her captors and sniffing her out in the prison. I was enthralled! Turned out the story was a hoax. But!! That seedling of an idea blossomed into a compelling series about military working dogs and their handlers. Five months after my publisher bought the series, the Navy SEAL’s MWD Cairo hit the news for taking down Bin Laden. Soon, the interest in MWDs hit a fevered pitch, and I knew that I’d struck gold with this concept for my series. 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love reading thrillers like Robert Liparulo, Steven James, and Ted Dekker, but I also love YA Dystopians like Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Insurgent. And then there’s the whole speculative genre with the amazing Kathy Tyers’ Firebird series (Marcher Lord Press), Jim Rubart’s amazing books, and Stephen Lawhead

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

My children! I really have some of the most fun and entertaining children on the planet. They light up my life and have such witty and dry humor, I can’t help but laugh and smile.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Since I was a little girl living in Fort Devens, MA, Fall has been my favorite season. Replete with gorgeous colors, it is a time of relaxing, warm drinks, and fond times with families. And pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

A family favorite for our family is the banana pudding recipe from a family friend: Nelson’s BANANA PUDDING:
2 lg boxes vanilla instant pudding
5 cups milk
8oz sour cream
12 oz cool whip
Nilla Wafers

In large bowl, combine pudding packages and milk. With electric mixer on low, mix for 4 minutes. Add cool whip and sour cream and mix with above until thick/creamy.

Layer: wafers, bananas, pudding (repeat).

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

I think one theme that pretty much carries through all of my books, one way or another, is that God will fight for us—with a relentless passion, He will pursue and fight for us. We “only need be still.” Exodus 14:14

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. 

I suppose it’s not too ironic that my favorite verse is one that arose just in the last few years and, I’m sure, is tied to the years of abuse I suffered—Exodus 14:14: The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still. This verse came to be my favorite during an especially dark hour in my life, where I had really lost hope, was smothered in defeat, and didn’t know why I should go on. A friend prayed over me, and while she wa spraying, I noticed that she seemed really distracted by something behind me. Honestly, I started getting angry—“Why isn’t she listening to me? Nobody ever does. I shouldn’t be surprised.” But then she said something that stunned my angry, broken heart into silence: “I see flashes of light, like sparks from two swords clashing, over your head. The Lord is fighting for you.” I stared into the air and asked, “He’s fighting—for me?” I sobbed. Nobody had fought for me before. I’d always (going back to the days of being abused) had to do the fighting to keep myself “alive.” 
What question would you like us to ask your?

I would really love to hear a dog story—whether a personal account, one you heard elsewhere, or even from a book or movie—that inspired and moved you.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

The next book in the A Breed Apart series is Talon: Combat Tracking Team and is about a military working dog who has PTSD.

About Ronie:
Christy Award winning author Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat, married a veteran, and they now have four children and two dogs. She has a degree in Psychology, homeschools, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers.

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Ronie is giving away a copy of Trinity. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy holiday reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for this interview. I wish I had a great dog story to tell you! Please enter my name to win a copy of the book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

karenk said...

would love to read this story...thanks for the chance

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

ann said...

I love dogs and this will be a wonderful story to read for me. Thanks
amhengst at verizon dot net

Jennifer said...

I remember watching cops when I was little and it was a hostage situation involving a woman being held at gun point inside her house by a man. The police were surrounding the house and didn't know the guy had snuck out the garage somehow and was hiding behind a car. The K-9 officer and his dog were near a tree by the garage and the car. The guy was about to jump the cop, when the dog attacked the man and was shot and killed. The cop hadn't even given the command to his dog because he didn't see the bad guy. His dog had saved his life! THis story made me cry. The good that came out of this was that a law was passed that if you killed a police dog it was the same as killing a cop and you were charged with murder.

KayM said...

A funny little story: My husband loved dogs and had the habit of bending down and talking to the dog face-to-face. We were visiting relative and Don bent down to talk to their little Jack Russell terrier. The dog, not happy being face-to-face with this stranger, bit my husband in the ear. It bled a little and then stopped. A few hours later, Don was in the ER suffering a heart attack. The doctors and nurses were wonderful and got things under control pretty quickly, but they were at first baffled as to the blood pouring out of Don's ear. Of course, I explained. They had quite a time trying to staunch the blood dripping from the site of the dog bite. They finally had to use some sponges and a clamp on his ear to keep the blood from going all over. It added a little humor to a serious situation. My husband had a good recovery from both the bite and the heart attack.
may_dayzee at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

please enter me in this giveaway.

Lane Hill House said...

Enter me, please. Kathleen

Anonymous said...

The real-life dogs that inspire me are the ones that learn to help the blind. And, also those who help find people in earthquakes, etc. They are really wonderful , life-saving dogs. I enjoyed the interview and would like to win your book. Maxie ( )

Anonymous said...

We have Roni's books in the Church Library.
I wish I had a dog story to tell you but I'm very allergic to dogs, cats, horses, birds, etc.
Thanks for entering me in the contest.
Janet Estridge

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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