Tonja has been writing, publishing, and teaching on purpose for over 35 years, and enjoying almost every moment of it. (Really.) For testimonials on both, go here. And go here. And also go here. Click on this link for information on Author Visits (schools, libraries, camps, retreats, businesses, daycares, libraries–anywhere the LORD approves!).
Tonja’s love for writing started in fourth grade, when her teacher assigned a poetry writing lesson. Her enterprising mother suggested she send it to Grit magazine–who printed “Wild Mustangs” and sent her a dollar and a copy of the printed poem. She was hooked.
For years, Tonja wrote about all kinds of things. In her early 20s, the LORD was drawing her closer to Himself, and she was learning to love the Word of God and to worship with Christ-focused music. She was almost finished with a six-year project of a sword and sorcery fantasy novel, butthe LORD convicted her that her gift of writing was to be dedicated to Him. So repented for misusing her gift, rededicated her writing to Him, and she trashed the manuscript, considering it practice.
Since then, she has published over 400 articles online, (including writing a column for children for Cfaith.com (and being listed on the same page as ministers she admires, which was a thrill!); her other three Christian websites; in Writer’s Digest and Today’s Christian Woman. This also means (which means she has written many more than that and submitted them, but they didn’t all get published).
Through the years, Tonja has helped other ministers birth their books, and has written over 20 of her own. Many of those are published, and the others are awaiting her attention for completion. Her favorite so far is The Adventures of Princess Pearl, P.O.W.E.R.* Girl! Book One! (Purposeful Operations With Eternal Rewards) This recent jewel will very soon be available chapter-by-chapter as an audio book on this site. Also, Book Two of P.O.W.E.R. Girl! is in the works now.
Tonja also does presentations and workshops on the subjects of many of her books, including “The 7 Ps of Prince and Princesshood.” Many of her books will soon be available as PDFs on this site.
Tonja’s teaching career officially started at age 13, when her entrepreneurial mom suggested she teach private piano lessons for cash (Great idea, Mom! Her mother insists that she really started teaching at age 8, to help her little brother (age 5) learn to read and swim, but he won’t admit it and Tonja doesn’t remember it, so we’ll just start her teaching at 13.)
Since then, she has taught more subjects to more people (including students in public and private schools and various community and commercial functions) in several states and online than she can remember (but they are all special). She would love to come to your state and share delightful, life-changing things with you and your kids! Contact her at Tonja@RiverRainCreative.com or 870-571-5798.