RONIE KENDIG BIO: She is a wife, mother, writer, and a student. She home schools her four children and writes amazing books. Ronie says, “This is a challenging part of my life. Sixteen years ago when my husband suggested I write for publication, I refused to entertain the idea. I told him it would remove the pleasure I got out of writing. And sure enough, when I became consumed with publication, I lost my joy. So God led me through a series of experiences--excruciating ones, if I do say so myself--that forced me to grow up or give up. :-D

I'm not a quitter.I grew up. Got serious about writing, and man! Writing got hard. But I love writing more now than I ever have. Part of becoming a better writer involved joining the American Christian Fiction Writers This is the most amazing group of people who are loving and encouraging.”

Did you come up with this title? If not what was your working title?

Yes, the titles for the Discarded Heroes were my ideas. I went looking for plants that were "deadly, but powerful," which I wanted to draw a parallel to the men on the Nightshade team. And those titles are actually the "code names" for the team members that the man who put the team together uses in his reports so that the identities of the men are protected.

Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has been surprising to you? What a tricky question. Of course there are ups and downs, things I didn't expect--both positive and negative. I definitely didn't expect to bear such a large burden in terms of marketing, something that makes me very uncomfortable. But I also didn't expect the fans--few though they may be--who are ardent in support of my writing and books. Notes from readers saying they stayed up all night reading helps me keep going during the droughts when I'm immersed in marketing and self-doubt.

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you have had since you have been an author? What made it a “Wow” moment for you?

The first and most memorable "Wow" was when God guided me through a deep and intense period of understanding about writing for an Audience of One. Miraculously, I was talking to a friend about that concept one night while reading Jim Rubart's debut novel, ROOMS. My friend encouraged me to surrender my fears and doubts over writing to our Audience of One, and for once--in the safety of her confidence--I admitted I didn't know what that meant. not really. I mean, I'd thought it meant we were writing for Him so others could read the book and through those words, God would touch people. As she typed her response (we were on Instant Messenger that night), I flipped back to Jim’s book--and stopped cold. There in the middle of that page was the explanation that whatever we do, whatever God has us doing, it wasn't for wealth or for fame, but for the sheer point of using that gift God gave us because God derives pleasure out of us using what He gave us. Instantly, I had a vision of God sitting in an arm chair next to my desk, hands steepled, eyes closed, head resting on the back of the chair while I typed--used the gift He gave me. That completely revolutionized my life!

Another "Wow" moment was when I got a call telling me a producer was interested in optioning the TV/movie rights for Nightshade. Though nothing has come of that at this point, it was incredible to think a movie producer saw potential in something I had created.

Meeting author Robert Liperalo was a high light as well as other special authors I met at conferences.

Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? Can you tell us something about it? When does it release?

Right now, I'm working on Firethorn, Discarded Heroes #4--the final installment. The tagline for this story is "This time, Nightshade *is* the mission." The team has been dismantled. They must find out who did this and why.

What amazes me about your novels (especially this one) is the fact that you write so well in the male mind. Your writing leads me to believe a man wrote this. How do you get your insight into the male brain? It’s quite good and very believable.

Thank you so much! I remember the first time an editor told me this; I sat stunned with no response. I still don't have one because in all honesty, I just don't know. That comes naturally to me. I've come to realize--sadly, and my psychology major mind tries not to analyze this--I write the male POV better/stronger than I do the female POV.

What made you want to write about this subject? What research do you do in preparation for one of your books?

I started the research for this series after watching a young woman's life and marriage collapse under the strain of her Navy SEAL husband's anger. I remember her prayer requests at Sunday School, her complete love yet broken heart for her husband, the images of her two small children. AT the time, I had written several military-themed stories, but I sat there with the gravity of her situation weighing heavily on me. I realize that I could never again write another military story without showing (with respect and honor) the toll that life takes on the heroes and their families. Shortly after that, John Olson and I started brainstorming a new series idea for me, and it was then that I remembered this young woman and just knew that it was time to write stories about our troops and PTSD.

Research is continuous and ongoing for me but also for the professionals. I talked a lot to an Army chaplain who works at a VA hospital working with wounded (externally and internally) vets. Countless hours of research on the internet. Talking to vets. LISTENING to vets. The research will never end as long as we have soldiers and wars.

What do you hope readers take away from reading your books?
Hope. I always want readers to know that in Christ, there is always hope. My mission with any book, I believe, is to help wounded hearts find the Master's Healing Touch. We are all wounded veterans, whether of life or war, and God is the only hope we have for a peaceful future.

1. What three things would you rather not live without?

(Besides the obvious answer of "God,")...My family, books (Bible included), and pastries (although I can hardly eat them anymore due to a gluten allergy, but a girl has to have her sacrifces, right?)

2. What three movies can you watch over and over again?
Oh, I am so relieved you didn't just ask for one. I can never come up with just one. Three is hard enough! LOL I'm going to cheat here by counting the Jason Bourne movies as one, the new Star Trek movie, and BBC new classics like Pride & Prejudice, North & South.

3. What were three of your favorite books as a child? Why?

Alice in Wonderland because it was my grandmother's name, any Richard Scarry book, and (well, it was a book set to music) Peter & the Wolf.

4. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?

Seriously? Only two? Wow, um...okay, let's think. I'll set aside the spiritual answers, as I think they'd be expected, and go with "traditional" historical events. I really think I'd want to be there for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. What a provocative time and decision! Ironic (or maybe sadistic) as this sounds, the death of Jesus. I think too often we think of his sacrifice with only a miniscule fraction of the importance it deserves. When we live, breath, experience things firsthand, they make an indelible mark on us. I want a deeper relationship with Christ, so perhaps literally seeing His sacrifice would deepen it. Granted, it'd be mortifying to witness, but it'd change me forever.

If you had 48 hours to hang out with any two people alive or dead in this history of the world who would you pick and what would you do? (besides Jesus)
Probably my most unpopular answer among some people--George W. Bush. I'd just love to sit and listen to his wealth of experience and wisdom. I greatly admire his unwavering belief (in God, in our country) and strength of character.

And the last person...I can't choose between the two: either Ruth from the Bible, or my great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Farrell, who left his native Ireland and came to America. His life was not easy but he rasied a large family. I'd just like to know what drove him to the New World, what type of man he was.
Thanks for having me here Nora. I'm excited to unveil my next book Wolfsbane's cover. The next installment in the Discarded Heros series, to be released in July 2011.


THANKS Ronie for stopping by and letting us get to know more about your series. It's been a pleasure. Thank you for inviting me! Thanks also for the give away and the opportunity to get to know you better. I think your books are very helpful for the non-military person understand what soldiers and their families go through to help keep our country free. There is a real sacrifice on many levels. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series called, Wolfsbane.

Until next time.


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  1. The titles pulled me in, Ronie. I grew up in the plant business, and now I work in a pharmaceutical-related job. So I know Digitalis from many angles. But never would've thought of it for what you're doing! I love the powerful-deadly idea.

    So after reading the interview, I checked out Ronie's website. The novels sound very interesting. Oh, and I love that you are going to write about Military dogs!

    I'd love to enter the drawing. Thanks, Nora, for the opportunity :D My email is mail_tammydoherty(at)charter(dot)net. I'll do some of those other things, too, not because I want more chances to win but because I love to spread the word about good books.

    Blessings to you both,

  2. This looks like a book that my hubby would like to read.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  3. GFC follower

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  4. Great post. Loved what Ronie said about writing for an audience of One.

  5. Great interview. This book sounds like one that my hubby would enjoy.


  6. Thanks so much for the interview, Nora! I really had fun.

    Thanks to all who are entering. Tammy--fascinating on the titles. I've had a few in the medical profession tell me they can't wrap their minds around Digitalis for anything other than heart patients. LOL

  7. I'd love to win. :)

  8. I'm a follower. :)

  9. Ooh this looks great! Please enter me!


  10. Interesting interview...please enter me into the drawing.

  11. I agree, you are really good at writing from the male perspective.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. My dad and I share alot of books and this is on his "to read" list which means it will probably be on mine very soon!
    Sounds amazing!

    Carman sent me


  13. Please enter me!

    My comment is that I have never seen or read Alice in Wonderland in my entire life! I just have never had the opportunity. :/ LOL

    booklovercb at yahoo dot com

  14. I posted about this giveaway on my blog, Christian Book Giveaways, but I don't know if it counts since you sent it in. If not, that's fine. I understand. :)

  15. Great interview. Ive heard a lot of good things about this book. Id love to be entered into the giveaway!


    ~ Katy

  16. Great interview. It was genuinely engaging.

  17. Lady DragonKeeperApril 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Wow, what inspiration for this series ... we have a lot of military families that attend our church (being near bases and all), but it's so true --they and their families sacrifice a lot to protect the rest of us ...

    My sister loves "NCIS" and "JAG" so a military themed book is something she might enjoy (her b-day's coming up). =) Thanks for the chance to win!


    (P.S. --Sent by Carman)

  18. I applaud you for taking on such a difficult subject. For all the honor of a military man, it is a very difficult life for the family. Your interview stated you wanted to show the toll on a family with "respect and honor". That must have been difficult to do.

    This sounds like a great book and I would love to win it. Please enter me and thank you for the opportunity.

    Carrie A. Larks

  19. I just have to say, WOW! I am a big fan of Ronie's books(have every one of them written) and I feel like I got into the mind of the author a little bit through this interview. To me she is one of the greatest authors out there. And your first WOW moment, this really got me to thinking. Thank you so much for a great interview, Nora!
    I already have this book but would love to win it for my Mom of sister. My mom just read Nightshade and badly wants the second book in the series(I think I might just have to break down and buy it:) so I would love to win it for one of them.


  20. GFC Follower as Charity.


  21. I already have this book, so don't enter me. I just wanted to say that if you haven't read the first one, Nightshade, you will want to! These books are terrific!!!

  22. I would love to win a copy of Digitalis. I enjoyed reading the interview. Two points to make. I have a nephew that came back from Iraq and he and his wife have had lots of adjustments to make. Also, my father-in-law is still dealing with his Vietnam tour. He's finally getting the counseling he has needed all of these years.

    I too happen to like George W Bush. It may be unpopular, but I too would love to sit and listed to his wisdom.

    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    Debbie Clark

  23. I am also now following your blog.

    Debbie Clark

  24. We have the same favorite movies!!! I always find it funny that girls can like girly movies and be action flicks fans too!!! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  25. Enjoyed the interview. Book sounds great. Carmen sent me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  26. I come from a military family (my dad is in the army, my brother in the army, my brother-in-law in the army, and my sisters first husband was KIA over in Iraq. Not to mention my grandfathers were in the marines and navy). I can't wait to read these books and maybe feel a connection with them. God Bless You!

  27. Great interview very in-depth. I like what Ronie said about her readers carrying away the message of faith/forgiveness. I just got through reading "Dead Reckoning" and I could not put it down. I would love to be entered in this drawing!
    Deborah M.
    debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

  28. How cool about the possibility of Nightshade being made into a movie!

  29. Just had to thank everyone for your comments. I wish I'd been able to keep up and participate more. Please forgive me--you've blessed me so much with your thoughts. And thank you to all who have had family members in the service!