Saturday, November 15, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH RONIE KENDIG








INTERVIEW WITH RONIE KENDIG
 
S.S: Do you write full time? If the answer is no, what else do you do? If you are a full time author, what other jobs did you have in the past?

Yes, I am a full-time author, but I am also a homeschooling mom. I have four children and have graduated half of them, leaving me with my fifteen-year-old twin sons. I’m investing more time with them during these final years to help prepare them for college.

S.S: Do you write in any other genres? If so, what?

For the last five years, I have written military suspense and been published in that genre, but I have, simultaneously, written speculative (fantasy, science fiction) stories. It’s with great joy that I will see the first of those speculative novels published next year. Embers, book 1 of Abiassa’s Fire, will release September 2015 from Enclave Publishing.

S.S: How does your faith play into your writing?

Faith is an integral part of who I am and how I live my live, so it will invariably filter into my writing. However, I approach each story with the intent of letting the faith element, however small or large, be organic to the character and the story itself. Raptor 6 had a much stronger and more obvious faith thread than Hawk, but there are elements of faith in both stories.

S.S: Tell us about your current release.

Hawk is the second book in the Quiet Professional series and features the heroes who were the ODA team in the A Breed Apart series about military working dogs. Here is the blurb for Hawk: 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

S.S: What are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on finishing Embers, the first of my fantasy novels to find a publishing home. In addition to that I’m working on a new paramilitary suspense series.

S.S: Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.

It’s been my lifelong dream to visit Israel, to walk where Jesus walked. I’m determined to fill that dream in the next 5 years. Also, I want to go to Hawaii, and it looks like my husband and I will do that next year for our 25th anniversary.

S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet?

I can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/roniek/)!

Ronie is giving away a copy of HAWK! Just leave a comment, along with your contact information, and we'll pick a winner next week!











37 comments:

  1. It's so great to have you visit here on suspensesisters! Loved your post. You sound like one very busy woman! You are writing such an interesting range of fiction, too.

    One question---you have a retired military dog. Did it take a while for him to adapt to family life? And what did he think of your Maltese? :)

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    1. Thank you, Roxanne! I'm so honored to join you amazing ladies here!

      It has been a HUGE adjustment having Vvolt in our home. We went into it thinking, "OH, we'll adopt this amazing dog and he'll be our pet." Wrong, wrong, WRONG! Vvolt is not and never will be a "pet," not in the traditional sense. He still tries to work and is often hard to get him to chill out. He and our Maltese pretty much just avoid each other, mostly because Vvolt seems to think Helo is a ball of fluff to walk over, and because Helo is a grumpy old man. LOL

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  2. Thank you for a great interview!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  3. Wonderful interview with Ronie! Ronie, congrats on finding the dress for the upcoming wedding.... I am looking forward to reading HAWK. :)

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks so much, Caryl! It was a surprise, which one she chose, but we're both over-the-moon excited about it. :-D

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  4. I love Ronie's books! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    mo1202007@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa!! Glad you stopped by for a chance to win!

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  5. Thank you, Suspense Sisters, for the interview with Ronie. I'm getting ready to start Raptor 6. Hawk would be wonderful to have waiting next in my book queue.
    Love your action scenes, Ronie!

    harryw51[at]comcast[dot]net
    H L Wegley

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    1. Thank you so much, Harry! What high praise. Those actions scenes are my favorite to write. I power-down the speed and take my time with those. LOVE writing them. So glad you enjoy them, too! :-D

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  6. I recently discovered Ronie's books and read Raptor 6 not long ago. It was fabulous! I'd love to win a copy of Hawk. Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win a copy.

    thejorns(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wonderful!! I'm so glad you enjoyed Raptor 6, Jessica!

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  7. Ronie's one of my FAVORITE Suspense authors. I'm a fan. :0) Always looking for one of her stories to read knowing it will be exciting, good plot and great characters. Thanks Ronie for good reads. Jan

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  8. Great interview with Ronie. I love her and her writing. :) Thanks for having her! faithwalker007[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you so much, Renee!! And thank you for stopping by for a chance to win!

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  9. Great interview, Ronie! Love your books. I'm reading HAWK right now. :)

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  10. Thanks for this fun interview and giveaway opportunity! katie07edgar(at)gmail(dot)com

    Katie Edgar

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  11. So excited to read this one! I've loved the others I've read by Ronnie and am filled with anticipation for this. :)

    charityu.austenite[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Charity!! And I love your profile picture here. :-D

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  12. I have adored all of Ronie's books and I absolutely cannot wait to read this newest release! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing. I love your writing. Hawk looks very good and looking forward to reading it. What do you like to read, romance/suspense/mystery?
    eppersonkatrina(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. I have been reading novels and following you for quite some time! So I knew about your hubby being a Vet, your adoption of Vvolt and that you live in the same state as me. But I somehow missed the twins!! I too have twin boys. They are 22 years old and seniors in college. One is at Western in Bellingham and one is at Texas State in San Marcos. I miss them so much!

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  15. I love your books. Can't wait to read Hawk. pbeatty08@gmail.com

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  16. I loved getting to know Ronie and am excited to read HAWK! Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  17. Excited for Hawk, too! Blessings, Voni

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  18. Can't wait to read your books! They sound awesome.

    bookluv90[at]gmail[dot]com

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  19. I have been reading a lot about Ronie the last couple of weeks, and am excited to start reading her material. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com

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  20. It would be awesome to win one of your books! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  21. This is a nice interview. I had wondered how you implemented faith into your stories. I am looking forward to reading Hawk's story. Mardox(at)consolidated(dot)net

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  22. I enjoyed meeting a new author for me. I look forward to reading Hawk and Ronie's other books.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

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  23. I've never seen your blog before! Hawk looks like a wonderful read! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  24. Wonderful interview. Would love to win.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  25. Great interview Ronie :) I went to Israel for two weeks and it was AMAZING! I'd highly recommend it!

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  26. Visiting Israel is on my bucket list too. I would love to see first hand the places in the Bible.

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  27. Just finished Raptor 6. Cannot wait to read Hawk. Love your books!

    hulamonkey30@gmail.com

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  28. I loved Raptor 6 so I can't wait to read Hawk - it is on my TBR list!

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  29. Ronie I love your books and your writing style. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the future.

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