Speaker Profile - Bonnie Ferrante

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Region: Canada: East
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Hi, I'm Bonnie Ferrante, a hybrid author. My short stories, newspaper articles and columns, and novels have been published traditionally. I have begun simultaneously self-publishing novels and picture books and am doing my own illustrations. "Leya: Sphere of Vision Book One," my most recent YA book was completed with the support of an OAC Northern Arts grant. I'm a working on a young adult contemporary with the support of a Writers Works in Progress grant. During the long cold winters of Thunder Bay, in Northern Ontario, I spend most of my time writing and drawing. Since developing Parkinson's Disease, I have switched from illustrating with acrylics and pencil crayon, to digital format. I was a grade school teacher for thirty-three years, ten of those as a teacher-librarian. I am a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist lay leader, which shows up in unexpected ways in my writing. Check out my writing on BonnieFerrante.ca which also lists other methods to connect. I also have a blog where I review picture books and young adult novels. http:// http://bferrante.wordpress.com/