Bonita Jewel

Editor. Wordweaver. Storyseeker.

A Little Background, Written in Third-Person 🙂

The daughter of roving missionaries, Bonita’s first memories were of India, where her parents lived for three years. These memories include fainting from the heat, getting sick on an overnight train ride, and enjoying the crisp saltiness of moong dal.

Bonita grew up in California from the age of five to 16. She fainted from the heat there too, read hundreds of books, homeschooled alongside her five siblings, began to write poetry, and graduated from high school at 14.

She returned to India at 16 and called it home for nearly 12 years. During that time, she worked with the Deaf in New Delhi, with college students in Pune, and was involved in ministry work and early childhood education in Bangalore.

After returning to California’s San Joaquin Valley with her husband and their three children, she earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Bonita has been featured in several online and print publications, including Splickety Love, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and SEEK Magazine.

A freelance editor and writer, Bonita drinks homemade chai with ginger every morning and reads aloud to her children in the evenings. She loves it when rain graces the arid valley she calls home.