Hannah and Ariela by Johnnie Bernhard Ep57 Desideratum

With a cast of many characters, telling the story from more than a dozen vantage points – Johnnie Bernhard takes readers on a journey with a widow and a sojourner in her new novel Hannah and Ariela.  Johnnie's connection to the land, the people, and the history of Texas shine through, but listen to how writing from all these different points of view challenged her and made her "put her ego in her back pocket". We talk about the layers of miracle and faith and we dig deeper into the real life tragedy of human trafficking at the heart of this harrowing fiction.  You can find Johnnie's other award-winning literary fiction novels and more about her – on her website – HERE.  I’ve had the absolute honor of narrating her novels: Sisters of the Undertow, How We Came to Be, and A Good Girl. Finally, you should know, a portion of the proceeds from Hannah and Ariela book sales will go to the aid of victims of human trafficking. A special thank you to TCU Press, and as always, thank you for listening. — Support this podcast:
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Theresa Bakken Narrator

When Theresa was five years old, her parents let her play with a reel to reel recorder and a budding journalist was born. She loved recording her version of the news, emulating Walter Cronkite’s “That’s the Way It Is”.

Theresa’s family moved a lot. They eventually settled in south central TX, where she graduated from high school and earned a degree in Mass Communications from Texas Lutheran University.

Theresa landed a job as a reporter and weekend anchor at KMAC Channel 28 in Lubbock, TX, and loved it. When she moved to WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville, TN, she thought she had found the perfect job with the most amazing people. Her work there with talented photojournalists won her an Emmy in series reporting.

Then, Theresa and her husband started a family. She quickly traded reporting the nightly news for reading bedtime stories, and found a new level of happiness.

Through the years, Theresa never forgot the thrill of being in front of a microphone and connecting people through the spoken word. All grown up, her oldest son surprised her with a home recording studio, and encouraged her to host a podcast and narrate audiobooks. And so, the next chapter began.

As her children grew, she turned her energy to a non-profit. She found joy and fulfillment as the Executive Director of Smile for a Lifetime of Greater Denver until her beekeeping hobby morphed into a commercial honey confection business. Her Honey Salted Caramels made from honey she and her sons harvested won The 2019 Good Food Award for confections. How sweet is that!

Since early 2020, Theresa has been lending her voice to authors who entrusted her with their stories. She brings these stories to life with the same dedication she brings to all her endeavors, the same excellence that earned her an Emmy, and with the same enthusiasm as the five-year-old girl with her reel to reel recorder.

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