About Bonnie

headshot photo: bonnie doranI started writing at an early age. My poem, “Mercury,” was published in my elementary school’s anthology.

I wrote monthly newsletters for my Sunday school classes. Those were the days. I typed them on a portable Sears typewriter using ditto paper, correcting errors by scraping off the ink with a razor blade.

An editor of a local weekly paper let me write a column I wrote that column for a year and a half. I didn’t know it was a devotional. 

After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree from Pasadena City College, I took an extra year of school. I changed my major from chemistry to journalism and studied typing and shorthand–yes, shorthand–during the summer. I thought the courses would help me when I became a newspaper reporter. God had other ideas. 

My shorthand teacher told the class about a full-time secretarial position at Fuller Seminary. I got the job. 

After two years, God led me to a short-term assignment with the Far East Broadcasting Company on Okinawa, Japan. After another two years, I returned to California. I took a job as secretarial but a few months later was trained in bookkeeping. I worked as secretary and/or bookkeeper for a total of 35 years.

I met this certain guy. Two and a half weeks after our first date, we were engaged.

I don’t remember how I heard about Colorado Christian Writers Conference. That’s where my meetings with magazine editors led to a few article sales. One editor gave me devotional assignments for several years.

Then God challenged me to write science fiction. I balked at writing for the secular market, which is where I knew God wanted me. Instead, I wrote a young adult novel for the Christian market that someday might become a publishable story. My critique partners challenged me to write adult fiction. My debut novel, Dark Biology, is a science thriller in the Christian market that brushes the edge of science fiction. See the Bonnie’s Books page for details. I’m now writing a science fiction novel for the secular market. 

I live in Denver, Colorado, with my husband of thirty-one years and two Siamese cats. John’s an electrical engineer who works with lasers for a living. He’s also a Mad Scientist with a 2,300-pound electromagnet. Beware ye!

My interests include cooking, Sudoku puzzles, and reading. I volunteer one afternoon a week at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Besides several writers conferences, I attend a local science fiction convention each year. I am a member of the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, its Denver chapter, and a critique group.


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