Author Donna Cronk looks through old files in the "morgue" of the daily newspaper where she has worked for 27 years. The morgue (archives) inspired a scene in her first book, the women's Christian fiction novel, Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast. That and the latest book, That Sweet Place: At Home in the Heartland, are available on Amazon and from the author.
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RURAL ROUTE 1, BROWNSVILLE: that’s where I grew up, on a gravel road in the middle of cornfields on my family's farm. Brownsville is in Union County, the second smallest of Indiana’s 92 counties.
Never heard of Brownsville? How about nearby Liberty? It’s home to Whitewater State Park and a lovely courthouse centered in the town square. It’s a little farm town. It’s home. Still no clue? Well, if you are from Small Town Anywhere, you’re close enough. Liberty inspired my first novel, Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast, and readers encouraged me to continue the story with That Sweet Place: At Home in the Heartland, published in May.
I KNEW AT 16, in one of those “ah-ha! moments,” that I wanted to be a newspaper feature writer and I’ve been that for more than three decades at two Indiana newspapers. Although most would say I’m steady and safe, that’s not all that I am. I also like to surprise folks now and then.
In 2014 I had the thrill of a lifetime with the privilege of touring Israel for 10 days. Be still my heart.
ANOTHER SURPRISE was writing a novel and indie-publishing it in 2014, and again this spring. The books lead to all kinds of new experiences such as speaking engagements at book-discussion groups, banquets, teas and Extension Homemaker clubs. And I found that even as a plump, middle-aged woman, I enjoy public speaking. It’s a surprise in a life full of them.
MARRIED TO BRIAN, a retired public schools educator, we’re the empty-nest parents of Sam (wife: Allison) and Ben. I’m involved in my church where a joy of my life is helping lead a women’s life group. I study nine months a year with the international Bible Study Fellowship, and enjoy time with family and friends. Nothing much beats a laugh. I laugh a lot. We share our Pendleton, Indiana, home with a young Boston terrier named Reggie.
For inquiries about speaking engagements or anything else, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. My novels are available on Amazon.com or from me!