Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Author Profile - Anne Bonner

Bonner is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Brevard County. Realizing that children were not learning Florida history, especially the Civil War in Florida, she set out to write books that were entertaining and interesting, while providing a learning experience for middle school students. She succeeded and is on her fourth book.

The Civil War books were to be a trilogy. However, Sue Ella now has a following and Anne decided to write the fourth book in order to answer questions that the children kept asking about the heroine. Therefore, Shattered Dreams at Pine Haven has just been published to add to the trio.

Anne has been awarded the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy for her Southern history programs presented in schools and has also been recognized by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. The first two books of the Civil War trilogy have received "Most Outstanding Published Book Award," and she hopes the third book will also be recognized by the UDC. Anne is an award-winning essayist and poet, her chapbook of poetry, BACK HOME IN FLORIDA, was released in 2004.

Secrets at Pine Haven, Civil War Comes to Florida is a story of Sue Ella, aged 12-14 who lived on an estate outside of Jacksonville when the city was occupied four times by Union forces. She received her first kiss, taught slave children to read and write, and unwittingly became a Confederate spy. The book is full of unforgettable characters, Southern traditions and is action packed with raccoons, gators, wild turkeys, and a dragon.

Intrigue at Pine Haven, Civil War in Florida tells of Florida's two big battles: The Battle of Olustee, near Lake City at Ocean Pond, and the Battle of Natural Bridge, near Tallahassee. They were both Confederate victories. J.J. Dickison,
Florida's Swamp Fox was the only one to sink a Federal warship off the coast of Florida.

Sue Ella is 16-17 years old in Intrigue at Pine Haven, Civil War in Florida. In this book she was nearly kidnapped, someone wanted to kill her, deaths of family members left her emotionally drained, and Pine Haven's taxes became outrageous. Sue Ella celebrated her 17th birthday and decided her life's partner.

Beyond Pine Haven, After the Civil War is about Sue Ella at 18 when she traveled to New York City and experienced not only culture shock but a kidnapping, a storm at sea and a snubbing at home. This is a heartwarming story dealing with the aftermath of a horrible war and a young maiden's heartache.

Anne's new release in the series is Shattered Dreams at Pine Haven. In it, Sue Ella is 19. In the story, there's a wedding, a ghost encounter at St. Augustine, a hurricane, tornado, yellow jack fever, and a gigantic disaster at sea. This one's a thriller.

Meet Anne at the Brevard Author Book Fair on March 7, 2009, and take a look at all her wonderful books. It's at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave, Cocoa, Fl.from 1:00 to 4:00. Meet her and see all her wonderful books.

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