Author Spotlight: Jan Bono

Rich in history and dripping with beauty, the Washington coast is a wonderful place to live or visit.  But I’m not here to boast about my geographical location.  I am, however, more than happy to boast about fellow author Jan Bono, whose cozy mystery novels take place on the SW coast of Washington.  Jan’s books are the perfect accompaniment to a rainy weekend or brightly lit Tuesday afternoon.

I present to you, dear readers, the “Sylvia Avery Mystery” novels.  Dive on in!

Bottom Feeders Jan Bono Small

Sylvia Avery Mystery Series, Book One

Bottom Feeders

Cozy mystery *1 set on the SW Washington Coast. Something evil has happened at the Clamshell Motel, and early retiree Sylvia Avery is right in the thick of it. With insider help from Mercedes, her mature but mischievous lounger friend at the Spartina Point Casino and Resort, Syl works to prove that Harold Rodman the Third, a.k.a “Uncle Harry,” is up to something fishy.

Starfish Jan Bono Small

Sylvia Avery Mystery Series, Book Two

Starfish

Cozy mystery *2 set on the SW Washington Coast. A movie production crew has come to the coastal community of Tinkerstown, but before they first scenes are shot, two murders have been committed. Although the MOs are quite different, Sheriff Donaldson doggedly searches for any possible connection between the two deaths.

Jan travels to various Washington state beach locales, where she sells as well as signs her books.

Other Jan Bono books:

“Back From Obesity”

“Just Joshin'”

“It’s Christmas”

Like what you see? Want to learn more? Be sure to follow Jan on Facebook and check out her website!   You can also purchase Jan’s books at Harbor Books, located in Aberdeen, Washington.

 

I Am a Wealthy Writer

Some time ago I wrote an article highlighting my nephew Keaton, who had chosen me as the subject for his school assignment.  He depicted me as his hero, someone who chased after her dreams and subsequently secured them.  And from his perspective, he was absolutely right.  I’m published. I made it happen.  But from my perspective, I still have and will forever have a long way to go.  It’s how goals work.  You meet one, you create another.  But that’s not the point of this blog post.

My nephew Sees me.

And in that spectrum of Seeing is a rainbow of adoration. Let me tell you, if you don’t already know, it’s an honor and a blessing to be treasured by a kid (ahem, “young man”–he’s 13 now!).   Truckloads of cash in exchange for my writing, and it still wouldn’t compare to the wealth of Keaton Seeing me.

Here’s What Happened:

Last night, my brother and sister-in-law dropped by for an impromptu (but welcome) visit.   As my brother walked towards me where I sat on the couch, I recognized the item in his hand.  It was my book, “The Christmas Beagle.”  Puzzled, I looked up at him.

He grinned and showed me the spine:

Library Spine TCB

“…It’s a library book?”

Courtesy of your nephew, they explained to me.  My eyes lit up and my jaw dropped.

Then I remembered.

Months ago, Keaton informed me he wanted to get my books into his school library.  I smiled, flattered by the notion, but knew it wasn’t likely to happen.  Schools, I imagined, have strict policies in place, regarding reading material they make available to their students.

“Compulse and The Voiceless are out,” I told Keaton.  “They’re not really appropriate for young readers.  But The Christmas Beagle…well, first someone would have to request it, then your school librarian would have to buy the book.”

I forgot about this conversation, not thinking anything would come of it.  I’ll admit it, if it were me at 13, I would have forgotten about it, been distracted by a million circa-1997 kid-things. But Keaton followed through, offering evidence that my nephew is more driven and determined than I was at that age (and sometimes, at my current age, as well!).

Blurred Out Inside Cover TCB Library

“He wanted to be the first one to check it out,” my brother told me.

Keaton already owns a copy, but he nevertheless checked out my book from his school library, so that he could be the first one to do so. “It’s cool,” my brother said, “because other kids might read it, too.”

…Other what now?  Who?  Oh, other kids might read it?   Maybe so, but in that moment, all I could focus on is my Biggest Fan, my nephew, my wealth and reward for all of my hard work, and the fact that he put forth effort to honor me and my writing.

I’ve made some money off of my writing, which is great.  But whether it’s 30 bucks or 30 million, boasting about money is, in a lot of ways, worthless.  I hope, that in your life, you are bombarded with things worth far more than money.

The real worth is in the eyes and heart of who Sees you. And my nephew…? He thinks I’m worthy.   Guys…I’m filthy-rich.

What about you?

Do you have a kid, teenager, adult or pet in your life that keeps you motivated?  Share who this person is in the comments!

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Bible-Thumping Scripture Robots!

I am a Christian.  I clutch my Bible close to my chest everywhere I go, I judge others for doing anything remotely non-churchy and, let’s not forget, swear words make my ancestors cry.

…Or so Hollywood would have you believe.

OH.

…And I voted for Trump, yeah?  (No, I didn’t.)

Hollywood knows it’s popular to bash my beliefs, so that is what they feed you.  …I’m talkin’ the Westboro Baptist types, similar to that portrayed in movies like “Easy A.”

EasyA

But don’t get me wrong.  Sometimes Hollywood has it right, or as close to right as they can get.

Exceptions

Saved

This film makes several valid points about what it truly means to be Christ-like (but is a bit too watered down for my liking). Still, while there are multitudes of Christians who would use their Bible as a weapon, there are still those who are tired of being misrepresented.

A Walk to Remember

In my opinion, this is the only movie that accurately depicts a Christian character.  Jamie Sullivan doesn’t hide her faith, nor does she force it on others.  She’s slightly snarky, totally sweet, earthy, and real.  She’s a struggling human being who loves Jesus, just like me.   This movie depicts a Christian character who acts like the Christians I know.

Split Down the Middle

I am not far-right, nor am I far-left. God gifted me with the unique, yet oft frustrating ability to see both sides of almost every ethical debate you can imagine.  It’s part of why I write books.  I can create characters who hold vastly different beliefs, from one another and from their creator.

And as I’m a “down the middle” kind of gal:

  • I cringe when Hollywood zaps the Jesus out of screen adaptations of popular novels.
  • I cringe when Hollywood depicts Christians as monstrous, bigoted poop-heads.
  • I cringe when Christian writers portray Christians as Christiany-Christians who eat Christian-Os for breakfast and Christian all the live-long-day.  (…Facing the Giants, and pretty much any Kirk Cameron movie.)

I REFUSE to create scripture-quoting robot characters.  This is not how to show others who Christ is.  This is how you alienate others.  No one can relate to it, not even most Christians.  It’s preachy.  It’s campy.  It’s…just awful.

…Yes, Christ is the center of my world.  Yes, I am madly in love with my Savior.   No, not every blessed second of my life needs to be linked to scripture references.  And no, I don’t shove Jesus down people’s throats.  I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, but guys, seriously, He gave me other passions, all of which, if used correctly, can be wordless testimonies to His wondrous works.

“Preach the Gospel at all times.  If necessary, use words.”

Christians love Jesus.  In essence, that’s it.  That may mean something different to you than it does to me, but it’s my sincere hope that I will learn how to show you, in all I say and do, what it means to me.  I may not always “hit the mark,” but that’s kind of the point.  Just like Jamie Sullivan, I’m real.  I’m human.  I’m struggling.  And I love Jesus.

I won’t change my beliefs to suit you.  …You wouldn’t do the same for me, I hope.  But this isn’t about making me happy.  It’s about pointing you towards Christ.  And as an Christian author, it’s my responsibility and great privilege to show you what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Moreover, who Christ is.

…I think you’ll be surprised.

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