Born and raised in Kansas, Bonnie Tharp spent much of her formative years in her grandmother’s kitchen as official taste tester. Although not much of a chef herself, she enjoys good food and believes all the best discussions happen at the kitchen table.

Bonnie is the author of Patchwork Family, published in March 2014 by Belle Bridge Books. It’s the sequel to 2010’s Feisty Family Values, a novel of women’s contemporary fiction.

An award-winning writer, Bonnie’s work has been published in several magazines, a literary journals and an anthology. As a fiction writer, she has been honored for her short stories, a children’s picture book, and plays.

Visit Bonnie’s blog to keep up with the latest news on her books and her insights on writing, family, and life.

Find out more about Bonnie (B.D.) Tharp on her media kit and bio.

B.D. Tharp

Curriculum Vitae

Publishing Credits                                                                                      

Fiction:

  • “Patchwork Family,” Women’s Fiction novel, 2nd in series, Belle Bridge Books, published 2014 (e-book & paper)
  • “Feisty Family Values,” Women’s Fiction novel, 1st in series, Five Star/Cengage, published 2010 (hardback & e-book)
  • “Crossroads,” Historical Short Story, e-published 2015
  • “Earl Divine,” Historical Short Story, e-published 2015

Non-Fiction:

  • Active Aging Magazine, Monthly feature writer 2008 thru 2012
  • Kansas Writers Association Monthly Newsletters, 2006-2008 Article writer, editor
  • Women’s Focus Magazine, 2007-2012 Monthly Feature articles
  • East Wichita Business Association, Monthly newsletter, 2006 Business Profiles
  • Central Plains Advisors, Inc., Monthly newsletter, 2006-2008
  • East Wichita News, 2005, Feature Article
  • The Wichita Register Magazine, 2004, Feature Article
  • A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind, Anthology essay published 2000 Breakthrough Press

Unpublished                                                                                                             

  • “Close to You” Young Adult romantic suspense, completed mss
  • No Title Yet – 3rd book in Feisty Women’s Fiction Series in progress
  • “What Grows in the Cracks?” Children’s Picture Book
  • “Season’s Daughter” Novel in progress
    • KWA Award Winner 2008
  • “BB&J” Stage Play
    • KWA Prose Award 2007/8, 2nd Place, Reading 2008 @ Kechi Playhouse
  • “Miles to Grow Before I Sleep” Children’s Picture Book
    • KWA Prose Award Winner 2007
  • “Feisty Fossils, the play”
    • KWA Award Winner 2005, HM Writer’s Digest Contest 2008
  • “Better Without the Dirt” Children’s Picture book
    • PNWA Award Winner 2005

Awards & Honors                                                                                                                

Kansas Professional Communicators Communications Contest

  • 2015 1st Place, “Patchwork Family” Adult Novel
  • 2013 3rd Place, Feature Story
  • 2012 2nd Place Travel Article, 3rd Place Personality Profile
  • 2011 2nd Place Personality Profile
  • 2010 2nd Place Feature Story, 2nd Place Personality Profile, 3rd Place Specialty Articles
  • 2009 1st Place Arts & Entertainment articles, 2nd Place Health Article, Honorable Mention, Special Aging Series
  • 2008 1st Place Health & Fitness Articles, 2nd Place, Personality Profile, Honorable Mention, Education Articles

Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

  • 2008 76th Annual Contest, Honorable Mention Stage Play Script, “Feisty Fossils”

Kansas Writers Association Prose Competition

  • 2007/2008 “BB&J” 2nd Place Playwriting, “Season’s Daughter” 2nd Honorable Mention, First Pages of a novel
  • 2006/2007 “Patchwork Family”, 1st Prize, First Pages of a novel
  • “Miles to Grow Before I Sleep”, 3rd Prize, Children’s Story
  • 2000 Short Story Contest, “Crossroads”

Wichita Eagle Holiday Story Writing Contest

  • 2006 Honorable Mention, “Missing Myrtle”
  • 2005 Honorable Mention, “Dasher the Christmas Dog”

Kansas Authors Club

  • 2005 Honorable Mention, Feature Article Contest Habitat for Humanity
  • 2005 Honorable Mention, Story for Children Contest, “Better Without the Dirt,” picture book
  • 2001 Third Place, 2001 Prose Contest, First Chapter of Book, “Season’s Daughter”

Affiliations                                                                                       

  • Wichita Professional Communicators, 2005 to present
  • Kansas Professional Communicators, 2008 to present
  • Kansas Authors Club, 2000 to present
  • National Federation of Press Women, 2008 to present
  • Oklahoma Writers Federation, 2004 to 2010
  • Kansas Writers Association, 1999 to 2015, 2008 President
  • International Women Writers Guild, 1999 to 2008
  • National Association of Women Writers, 2001 to 2005