About

Hi, I'm Vona

I am a writer

The beginning

I was born in America’s bicentennial year, six months before Jimmy Carter was elected president. In other words, I’m getting old and have gray hair.

I was an imaginative kid, inventing stories that sometimes got me into trouble. I had to learn that making up a story about someone and repeating it as truth wasn’t something those around me always enjoyed, especially if it involved (as it often did) someone getting eaten by a bear.

I began writing books in earnest after I was married and grown. I wrote a novel or two every year for several years, stuffing them into a password protected folder on my hard drive when complete. It took me a long time to work up the nerve to allow family members to read what I had written. My husband and children encouraged me to share my work with a broader audience, so here we are. (It’s scary!)

Personal bits

How do you pronounce Vona? V-AW-N-AH. It rhymes with Donna. The ‘o’ in Vona can be hard to pronounce if you aren’t a native American English speaker. This might help. I do not pronounce it like this, but don’t worry, I answer to anything that comes close.

Is Vona your real name? No, it’s a nom de plume (pen name) made from part of my maternal grandmother’s name, LaVon (LUH-VAWN). Stewart is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name.

What is your real name? My real name is Jessica. You can find my long-time personal blog at Very Mom.

Why do you use a pen name? Because I’m kind of shy and never liked the idea of my real name ‘up in lights,’ so to speak.

Where do you live? I live with my husband and children in Idaho where the winters are long and cold, and the summers short and mild. Though I’d like a longer summer season, we love it here.

Hobbies? Reading and napping. Does that sound boring? Never fear, I also enjoy reading and napping while camping in adventuresome places. My kids enjoy snowboarding in the winter and swimming in the summer.

Likes/Dislikes? I love dark chocolate — especially the ridiculously expensive kind with little toffee bits inside. I greatly dislike spiders who wander inside instead of staying outside in the garden where they belong.

Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert. Crowds make me nervous, though I do enjoy a close circle of friends, and love to make them laugh.

Hogwarts house? Ravenclaw. I’m an over-analytical, deep thinking book worm, and I can come on strong during debates. I loooove researching and learning, though I’m not very good at riddles, so I might have trouble getting into Ravenclaw tower from time to time. #potterhead