Monette Bebow-Reinhard

Monette Bebow-Reinhard spent years, while raising children, satisfying her artistic bent by acting, directing and writing plays. She began writing movie scripts in 1975; in 1992 she gained access to the world of Bonanza through contact with its producer/creator, David Dortort. After three years, during which they wrote scripts together, while convincing him she could write Bonanza material, she became the next authorized Bonanza writer. Her two novels are now in 2nd and 3rd editions. She continues to write movie scripts and has won several minor awards. Her first Bonanza novel, Felling of the Sons, won two awards—first and second place—and has been used as required college reading.

She studied acting for a year at college and dropped out for a secretarial career, the family life and raising children. She returned to college in 1994 after a near miss with a publisher on a unique vampire novel series. The BA earned in 2000 didn’t give her enough research skills to finish the book on her grandfather’s great-uncle’s 20 years in the army in the 1800s, so she returned to school to earn an MA in history in 2006.

Her biggest passions are cultural integrity, environment protection, and understanding our spiritual selves. For fourteen years she drove a variety of hybrids and envisions with all her writing to pass on the passion for the environment and peaceful living. Her daughter CarrieLynn is professor at Dominican University in Chicago, sons Adam and Bennett both work for Microsoft in Seattle, and one has given her two grandchildren.

Bebow-Reinhard’s most recent publication is Civil War & Bloody Peace: Following Orders, a major nonfiction she worked on in her master’s program. After 20 years of research to pull it together and 10 years of querying publishers, she felt the time was right to put it out herself. All Things That Matter Press (ATTMP) published Grimms American Macabre, a collection of short stories under the pen name Lizbeth Grimm, which has been a dream of hers since learning her grandmother was a Grimm. This publisher also released her 6th book, another historical novel, Saving Boone: Legend of a Half-White Son, but with a poor cover, so she was able to get that contract cancelled, and it's been re-edited into a young adult novel. She’s giving presentations over the years on a number of topics; her favorite was dressing as old soldier Henry to tell his stories. She also presents on her copper artifact master database (CAMD) that she has been compiling—now at over 71,000 pieces.

To connect with Monette, send an email to Monette.Bebow-Reinhard@tpromo.com.

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