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Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat, married a veteran, and they now have four children and a Golden Retriever. Ronie Kendig holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology and is a wife, homeschooling mother of four, and an avid writer. An active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Ronie served as contest coordinator for the 2008 and 2009 Book of the Year contests.
Ronie Kendig: Respect and Prayer

Ronie Kendig: Respect and Prayer

(November 2012)
C.J. Darlington
Ronie Kendig has written military stories for as long as she can remember.

“It’s what I love,” she says. “I grew up around it as a child and teen, then married a soldier whose father was an officer. I have a tremendous respect for our military heroes.” And the author isn’t just talking about the two-legged variety either: Her new series A Breed Apart stars military war dogs and their handlers. “My goal is to open dialogue, to create awareness of these four-legged heroes.”

The first book in the series, Trinity: Military War Dog (Barbour Books), focuses on a former Green Beret and his dog, Trinity. They’re called back into action for one more dangerous mission—to rescue a captured military intelligence officer who’s been tracking the Taliban. “My favorite aspect of writing this series was learning the amazing facts, history and trivia about military working dogs,” Ronie says. “Things like the different classifications and specialties of the dogs, the new and emerging laws regarding these unsung heroes, and the fact that the dogs are actually placed one rank higher than their handler to encourage focus on treating these canines as heroes, not just as ‘military property.’ The average MWD, once paired with a handler, will undergo five months of training with that handler to ensure a bond, responsiveness, etc. I once heard it costs upwards of $40,000 dollars for training alone.”

Ronie Kendig’s heart for the armed forces truly comes through in everything she writes. The single most important thing she hopes to convey through her fiction is respect for all our military heroes. “We, who sit on our couches or office chairs, do not see or experience what they go through on a daily basis,” she emphasizes. “I think it’s super important to hold them in respect and prayer. And always—if you see a soldier, thank them for their sacrifice.”

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!



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