All Press Releases for December 09, 2021

Bonnye Matthews Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Writing

Ms. Matthews lends years of professional expertise to her work as an author and owner of Books by Bonnye

    WASILLA, AK, December 09, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Bonnye Matthews has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

After experiencing a life-changing event during the late 1980s, Ms. Matthews knew she must do something to warn others of significant, potentially disabling health risks. Before writing her first book, she sent a single page Tip Sheet to several publishers, and one of the ten gave her the chance to get her work published and distributed to the public, which began her career as a writer. Over the course of her outstanding career, she has focused the themes of her books on periods in the Americas prior to the Ice Age, a subject she researched in depth for five years before writing and then continued.

As a writer and the owner of Books by Bonnye, Ms. Matthews has released a number of publications, including the five-novel book series "Winds of Change." Books in this series are: Ki'ti's Story, 75,000 BC (2012), Manak-na's Story, 75,000 BC (2013), Zamimolo's Story, 50,000 BC (2014), Tuksook's Story, 35,000 BC (2014), and The SealEaters, 20,000 BC (2015). Alongside this series, she has also authored novellas in a series with the focus on archaeological sites in the Americas. These site-focused are novellas, Freedom, 250,000 BC: Out from the Shadow of Popocatepetl (2016), Courage: The Boqueirao Refuge at Pedra Furada, 48,000 BC (2017), and Integrity, 130,000 BC (2018). Finally, she added a tiny book with a long title summarizing her view of the peopling of the Americas after her research, People in the Americas before the Last Ice Age Glaciation Concluded: An Emerging Western Hemisphere Population Origin Paradigm.

Prior to becoming a writer, Ms. Matthews gained valuable professional expertise as a junior and high school teacher, a homeschool teacher for one daughter, a commercial casualty underwriter for an insurance company and in personal management evaluation and organization planning from which she created a program for organizational audits and performed for three regional agencies. An expert in her field, she holds a Bachelor of Science in English and education from Virginia Commonwealth University, which she obtained in 1965. To remain aware of changes in the field of writing, she aligns herself with Alaska Professional Communicators, the Alaska Writers Guild, and the National Federation of Press Women.

In light of her outstanding breadth of knowledge, Ms. Matthews has received several awards through Alaska Professional Communicators, including five First Place for Fiction Awards between 2013 and 2017 and a Second Place for Fiction Award in 2015. She also earned two First Place Awards, two Second Place Awards and an Honorable Mention from the National Federation of Press Women.

Her newest book, Arctic Dinosaurs of Alaska is due out December 2021 or January 2022. It is a middle grade fiction/interdisciplinary text on Arctic dinosaurs. The book is not a coloring book but is designed for children to color with fifty plus images. There will be a paperback, hardcover, and a Library Edition with some pages online for those where coloring in books is not acceptable or desired. This takes her career from education to other fields and back to education, a rekindled love. Finally, her work in process is Sanctuary: In His Pocket, as she puts it, "The hardest job I ever had."

Although her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Matthews emphasizes that she attributes her accomplishments to her faith in and guidance from the Lord.

Review of The SealEaters, 20,000 BC:

Alaskan author Bonnye Matthews' fifth and final title in her "Winds of Change" novel series, The SealEaters, 20,000 BC, came with a First Place win this year. It also came with an evaluation by Maryland's Grace Cavalieri that ranks the quality of her work with that of Michael and Kathleen Gear, Sue Harrison, and others in the popular genre.

Cavalieri is a multi-award-winning author of 16 books and chapbooks of poetry, 26 plays, (one performed at the Smithsonian), and producer-host of "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress. She concluded her comments of The SealEaters, 20,000 BC, with:

Bonnye Matthews is America's preeminent writer of prehistoric history. Her task is one we could believe insurmountable—to chronicle the lives, relationships and activities of people 20,000 BC—in this case "The SealEaters." . . . Matthews tethers fantasy to fact and bases fiction on reliable and credible sources. Her characters are well drawn and believable; their emotions are plausible; their psychological action is commensurate with physical action. . . . not only an action adventure story, it's a book of hearts and minds, and humans who combat nature and an unfriendly environment to survive and succeed. There are places that captivate the reader and Matthews' writing is exemplary and riveting.

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