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Ronie has been so busy with her writing, I was delighted she took a break to visit with us. A new book release has so many obligations, I had to give her an espresso with steamed milk and caramel brulée flavored sauce topped with sweetened whipped cream and caramel brulée topping to keep her awake! JK :) I asked Ronie to share with us how God has led her on her writing journey. This is what she said:
The Champions God Sent to Encourage Me
Writing is a journey that has stretched and pulled me, challenged me to grow and demanded I lean heavily on the Lord for strength, for wisdom, and for direction. I am not sure there is another career for me that has forced me dig deep inside for the true measure of surrender.
The first time I really remember a need for surrender—a really deep surrender—was while writing Wolfsbane. The story has a pivotal scene that my tendency to please people overrode my instincts for the story. I grew afraid of public opinion and being ostracized, so much that I removed that element from the story. Then I felt chastised by the Lord and put it back in.
Then took it out again.
That’s when God sent some champions across my path who encouraged me to release my fears and let God do what He wanted with the story. So, the element returned to the story and I turned the book in. Wolfsbane went on to win a Christy Award, a “kiss” from the Lord, I believe, for obeying him.
Recently while writing Raptor 6, I was faced with a bone-deep form of surrender, writing about a heroine who told the hero that if she had given God control of her life, she had no say over what he did with it or how He directed her paths. That’s a really amazing and challenging way to live and write. And that’s my goal going forward. I want to be where Christ is because I know wherever He leads, that will be the best place.
An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim, including:
▪ 2012 Christy Award Winner – Wolfsbane (Contemporary Romance)
▪ 2013 HOLT Medallion Winner – Trinity: Military War Dog (Best Book by a Virginia Author)
▪ 2013 Selah Award Winner – Firethorn (Fiction – Suspense)
▪ 2013 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award Winner - Trinity: Military War Dog (Romantic Suspense)
and the list goes on!
Learn more about and contact Ronie at:
Ronie's Website: http://roniekendig.com
Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives.
Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.
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