A Passion for Writing...

Jonna has been a writer since her teenage years at Westside and Frayser High Schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She began her first novel, The Other Side of Time, during her years at the University of Memphis. While living in Memphis, Jonna also wrote motivational articles for Positive Living Magazine and motivational radio scripts for Art Linkletter’s The ART of Positive Thinking. Positive thinking, to Jonna, is an extension of her Christian faith, which has sustained her all her life. "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7.

In 1992, Jonna and her husband, Bill Rathbun, a FedEx pilot, moved to Denver and  made it their home. They now live in a 'rural village' on the northern edge of the Palmer Divide with their two Golden Retrievers.


  • 2013:
    Publication of Angel Encounters, real-life stories of angel visits, near-death experiences, angel warfare, unexplained rescues, messages from the other side, appearances of departed loved ones, help from unlikely earth angels, and visits from God and Jesus in a time of need.
    -  Radio interview: Conversations with Cogee, live from Las Vegas to discuss guardian angels and Angel Encounters.  

  • 2011:
      -  Publication of Young Adult mystery/time travel novel, Shiloh and the Cave. 
      -  T
    V interview: Memphis's Live at 9.
      -  Novels highlighted in July edition of
    Southern Writers Magazine.
      -  Shared the cover--in small part--of the September issue of Southern Writers
    with the successful author, Andy Andrews. Interview inside.

      -  Shiloh and the Cave reviewed on the Clean Teen Reads website.
      -  Guest blogger on for the "Suite T section" of  Southern Writers Magazine.
         Blog entitled "Procrastination Can Be an Author's Friend."


  • 2010: Publication of fourth mystery novel, Finding Alan, the sequel to The Desk. Also, publication of a revised second edition of The Desk.

  • 2009: Publication of third novel, The Other Side of Time, a semi-finalist in the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award contest.

  • 2008: Publication of bi-weekly column in YourHub.com entitled "Angel Encounters."

  • 2006: TV Interviews: Denver's Colorado & Company and Memphis's Live at 9. Publication of "The Trunk" in Prairie Times magazine.

  • 2005: Publication of second mystery novel, New Pictures of an Old Murder, a Highlands Ranch Mystery  Review of novel in Colorado Country Living Magazine in its November 2009 issue.

  • 2004: Publication of "The Clean Smell of Dirt" in the May issue of Southern Scribe e-magazine in the Porch Tales section (southernscribe.com). 

  • 2003: Completion of second mystery novel, New Pictures of an Old Murder, a Highlands Ranch Mystery, which won the Adult Fiction Manuscript Award at the DreamMaker Workshop.

  • 2002: Publication of first mystery novel, The Desk, while completing an English degree at Regis University in Denver. Graduated summa cum laude. Wrote feature articles for Buy Colorado newspaper.

  • 1995: First place in the Highlands Ranch Register/Littleton Independent newspapers' short story competition for "Sabrina." 

Contact Jonna for more information about her books or follow her on Facebook. An inspirational speaker, she is available to speak to your writing group, book club, or preteens (9 and up) about writing. 

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Jonna Turner | Author of The Desk, The Other Side of Time, New Pictures of an Old Murder, Stories from the Heart