Friday, October 2, 2009

Author Fridays Presents...Bonnie Carlson!

Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays!  Sit back, relax and read about this week's featured author, Bonnie Carlson!


Bonnie Carlson is currently the author of two books, one in print and the other one on Kindle on


The first book, the one in print is called "Time for Reflection and Healing".  It is based on a true story about a young girl who at a young age came with her mother from Germany to America. Inga not only had to learn a new language, but had to adjust to a new country and leaving her family behind to never see them again.  Her life is filled with loneliness, abandonment, and physical and sexual abuse. This story was created to help the public gain insight of how abuse truly affects the life of the victim, but how it lives as a skeleton in the closet and impacts one's life into their adulthood. This particular young girl lost her virginity and her life at the age of eleven.


"I knew this girl personally," Carlson says,  "and I gained such insight of how that abuse even if

it had stopped continues to trail along with bad choices. Her strength to survive

surpassed my ability to understand how that was possible."

"Time For Reflection and Healing" can be found at


Bonnie's second story is called "Macronni Green".  It is a children's story of a young boy

who loved the color green. He was truly addicted to the color green. While his mother

is reading him a bed time story, he in visions what his world would look like if

it was green. As he imagines his life, he problem solves with pros and cons of why it would or would not be a good idea, for everything to be green.

"Working with disabled children for a while," says Bonnie, "I found that most boys liked the color green and so it inspired me to come up with a story about it." The book is available at

on their kindle downloads, and she says she has future plans of putting it into print as well.


Bonnie Carlson has been writing since she was in her early teens, including writing for a county paper, a few years ago, featuring stories for a couple of years. She has always enjoyed writing, reading and painting.  "I think I came from a time period that was not filled with all the electronic entertainment and had to make my own," she tells me. "I turned to painting and writing instead. It allowed me to exercise my creativity and like my late mother would often tell me that I lived in my own world. In many ways I guess I did.


Born in Germany, brought to the States with her mother at the age of five, Bonnie now lives in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota..  She has five children, one stepson and three grandchildren.  She doesn't get to read as much as she would like to, but her interests really vary.  "I really

have gotten into some history stories," she says, "especially if they are personal memories of

the "Good Ole Days".


Besides writing, and painting, she is going to school to be a medical assistant.  She will graduate in December.  She tells me that she decided to go in to the medical field, after nursing a son who suffered from Leukemia at an early age.  Also, she truely loves working with people.  Her many experiences with thos people are what give her the ideas for her stories.


When I asked Ms. Carlson if she had any advice for someone who wishes to become a published author, she said, "I would tell them that if they have a desire for it, do not let anyone stand in their way.  Keep trying!"


For more information about Bonnie and her books, visit her website at


Thank you for joining me for another edition of Author Fridays!  Come back next week, same time, same place to read about our next featured author, Christian writer, J. Curt Haney!

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