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 is a regular contributor of book reviews to the Victoria Advocate book page.
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."
These days Bonner writes full time, but in years past she has sold real estate, taught yoga, managed a blues/rock band, and co-owned a greenhouse nursery. She presently serves as an election judge in her community and edits the monthly newsletter for the local Democratic Party. The film version of her first novel, Lily, is set to be filmed some time in the summer of 2007.