Heroine Interview from Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon

» Posted on Jul 8, 2010 in Blog | 16 comments

This week I’m hosting Marta Perry with The Guardian’s Honor, Bonnie Leon with Touching the Clouds and Gail Sattler with The Narrow Path. If you want to enter the drawings, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (July 11th) evening.

Heroine Interview from Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon:

1, Kate tell me the most interesting thing about you.
Most people are curious about my being a pilot. A woman pilot is pretty unusual. My father taught me to fly. My first time up was with him in an open cockpit bi-plane. It was amazing.

2. What do you do for fun?
My favorite thing in life is flying, but it’s my job so I guess I can’t include it. Next to flying, I like fishing. When I lived in Washington, I spent a lot of time on the Yakima River fishing with my friend, Richard Benning. We knew all the best spots. Since I moved to Alaska, I’ve only gone a few times. I’m too busy these days.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I’m terrible at writing letters. It frustrates my mom to no end. I know she misses me so I feel bad. I’d rather make a telephone call, but it costs a pretty penny to make a call out of the territory.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?
I don’t like to talk about it . . . I had a crack up a few years ago. My best friend, Alison, was killed. It was my fault. Ever since, I’ve been afraid I’ll mess up again and kill someone else.

5. What do you want out of life?
To be honest I’m not sure. I want to keep working as a pilot, but I’d also like to get married some day and have a family. The trouble is I don’t know how to do both. And most men want a traditional wife who stays home, cleans and cooks and takes care of the kids. It’s possible I’ll never get married.

6. What is the most important thing to you?
I want to be a top notch pilot who can be trusted with any kind of run.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I love to read. My favorite books are adventures, like Call of the Wild, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. My mother once convinced me to read Jane Eyre. She’s wants me to be more cultured. I must admit I liked it. It was romantic.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to learn how to be more relaxed, like Mike. Nothing seems to bother him. I worry about everything. I’m a planner and if things don’t go the way I want, I end up frazzled. I’ve got to learn to relax.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Angel is my best friend. She’s a malamute/husky mix. My friend, Paul Anderson, gave her to me when she was just six weeks old. She loves to fly and goes everywhere with me. On long flights it’s good to have a friend along.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back to the day the Wright brothers made their first powered flights. They got up four times that day. The longest flight lasted only 59 seconds, but it must have been amazing. I’d love to have been there.


  1. wow nice blog I really likedit .hope u would like to visit mine also



  2. I really want to read this book. The cover art really draws me in. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W


  3. I'm in the process of reading this book. You did an excellent interview. The book is really good so far. Very true to life. Don't enter me.

  4. i need to put this book on my list. Really like the name, it is intriguing. Juanita

  5. Thanks for all the great comments. It's so much fun stepping into the shoes of a character to do an interview. Very creative, Margaret.

    Revell did a great job on the cover art. They're wonderful to work with and include a lot of input by authors.

    So glad you're enjoying the book, Linda. Let me know how you feel about it after you've finished. You can contact me at http://www.bonnieleon.com.

    Juanita, I hope you get a chance to read it.

    Blessings to you all,



  6. Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  7. I enjoyed the interview, and would love to read Bonnie's book. It looks really good, and I haven't had the pleasure of reading her books yet. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!



  8. Cherie and Sandee,

    So glad you enjoyed the interview. Margaret did a great job with the questions.

    I hope you'll both get a chance to read Touching the Clouds. And I hope you enjoy the adventure.

    Blessings to you,


  9. Cherie and Sandee,

    So glad you enjoyed the interview. Margaret did a great job with the questions.

    I hope you'll both get a chance to read Touching the Clouds. And I hope you enjoy the adventure.

    Blessings to you,


  10. a great posting/interview 🙂

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. I am always drawn to novels set in Alaska and am fascinated by the whole bush pilot thing. I've never read one of Bonnie's books, but would love to start with Touching the Clouds. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  12. Oooh, sounds like a great story. I just love reading about female pilots. That fascinates me. Probably because I'm not too keen on flying and wish I was. LOL. Can't wait to get a copy.


  13. I love Bonnie's books! The Northern Lights series is one of my favorites. Please enter me.


  14. Karen, Margaret always does a great job with ideas and it's fun to step into the shoes of a heroine.



  15. Carol & Lynette, bush pilots are an interesting bunch. They risk their lives, even today, to do what they love. I'm just not that brave, but I love to write about them.

    I hope you'll have a chance to read my book and I hope you enjoy it.

    Grace and peace,


  16. Barbara,

    Thank you! The Northern Lights was my first series. So glad you enjoyed them. 🙂



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