Cindy Bonner is the author of four novels, the most recent of which, Right From Wrong, won the PEN-Texas Award. Her novels have been named best books by the American Library Association and have been translated into Spanish and German. Her short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, High Plains Literary Review, and the Best of Texas Short Stories anthology. In addition, she has contributed reviews to the San Antonio Express-News book page, and she has conducted numerous workshops on writing for Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Bonner takes an unstereotypical, and historically truer, approach to writing. None of the gunmen in her fictional shoot-outs are very good shots, and the soldiers in her war stories drive supply trucks rather than tanks. The real heroes of her fiction are often the women–strong, spirited, capable women–but women who are faithful to their time and situation. Historical accuracy is a keystone of her work. The Virginian-Pilot says, “Cindy Bonner is a national treasure.”
Bonner writes from the solitude of a small South Texas town surrounded by her own pecan grove. But in years past she has sold real estate, taught yoga, managed a blues/rock band, co-owned a greenhouse nursery, raised two children, survived one and a half hurricanes, and has served as the Democratic precinct chair for her community. She is currently at work on a new novel set during World War II.