Ms. Bonds creates compelling stories with awareness, energy, grit, integrity, love, mysticism, and understanding. She is a dreamer, a lover, and a romantic. With every novel penned, she infuses dollops of her essence to pull the reader in and captivates them with her literary sorcery.
With over forty novels to her name, her writing career is interminable. Bonds is the co-founder of Southwest Writers Workshop, cofounder and first vice president of Romance Writers of America. The Parris Award was recognized in her name by the Southwest Writers Workshop to honor a published novelist who had given extraordinarily of time and talent to other writers. Beneficiaries of the Parris Award comprise of Tony Hillerman and the Pulitzer Prize nominee Norman Zollinger.
Ms. Bonds has yet again given me the honor of an interview, and I am tremendously grateful. Growing up amongst pandemonium from my family, Parris Afton Bonds was a saving grace. Ms. Bonds instilled within me a dynamism to visualize outside the scope of what I was born into. I will always be appreciative for the imaginings and once again another remarkable full circle moment.
Which of your heroines do you relate to the most?
Naturally, Diane, a vast part of me is woven into each of my heroines both their strengths and idiosyncrasies and their flaws and foibles; however, their features and mine have only coincidental, if any, resemblances.
Which book defines Parris Afton Bonds the woman?
Two books, actually describe me as a woman. Most recently, Indian Affairs. Early in life I was more intimidated by males, perhaps because of biblical patriarchy ingrained in me as only a hard-shell Baptist child understands. Gradually, I grew in confidence and began to value my purpose and, more importantly, others. However, Blue Moon captures my wild adventuresome essence which I strove, somewhat unsuccessfully, to contain as I raised my five sons.
Which book defines Parris Afton Bonds the writer?
Dust Devil, unequivocally. The saga expresses my soul, its depths, its yearnings, its faith in the Circle of Life.
Have you ever considered writing another genre?
I have written in other genres, but after the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, my banker urged me to consider delving into the genre of erotic romance.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be doing?
Loving. Anything, but loving with a passion. Otherwise, life for me would be only a mere existence.
Describe yourself in three words?
Passionate. Adventuresome. Flawed.
Let’s discuss Call Me Crazy, Parris. What intrigues you about this story premise?
Call Me Crazy’s call to adventure intrigues me because it expresses, for me, not only the siren’s song that lures you on what may be a wild goose chase but also the summons to explore, against one’s will, perhaps, the expanses of the soul. On one level, Call Me Crazy represents a madcap gallop across old Arabia on camels and on another level a magic carpet glide through the entangled ways of love.
What do you admire most about Janet Lomayestewa?
I most admire her resilience, her indomitability– something I sense in you, Diane.
In what way is Janet like you?
At this point in my life, I think Janet most represents my evolvement to “Here I am, take me or leave me; either way I’ll make it just fine, thank you very much.”