Bonnie Tinsley is the author of four books on Singapore’s national botanical gardens and the recently-released memoir Against Every Hope: India, Mother Teresa, and a Baby Girl. Published by WordCrafts Press, it is the miracle-packed story of how Bonnie and husband Cliff Richeson fell in love with a baby girl at Shanta Bhavan, Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Darjeeling and all the mountains they had to climb to have their daughter before they reached Mother’s loving embrace. The poignant memoir released to retail on April 30, 2018 in hardback, trade paperback, and all major ebook formats made an immediate impact on multiple Amazon.com sales charts.
Tinsley has published three books on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens: Singapore Green, A History and Guide to the Botanic Gardens (Times Books International, 1983); Visions of Delight, The Singapore Botanic Gardens Through the Ages (Singapore Botanic Gardens,1989); and Gardens of Perpetual Summer (National Parks Board, 2009). In November 2011, she was invited to present a paper at the 20th World Orchid Conference held in Singapore. The paper was entitled “The Naming of Orchids: A Latin Lesson” and was published in the Conference Proceedings.
Her most recent Gardens book is The World in a Garden: Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay (Marshall Cavendish, 2016), a beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating Singapore’s award-winning botanical and architectural wonder located near the South China Sea.
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Tinsley holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary, as well as a master’s from Eastern Kentucky University. She has taught Latin on both the high school and college levels since 2000. She was named Tennessee’s Distinguished Latin Teacher of the Year 2008 by the Tennessee Classical Association. She is presently Adjunct Professor of Latin at Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature in Murfreesboro.
Prior to teaching, Tinsley worked as a professional writer in Southeast Asia, including a stint as a feature writer for The Straits Times, Singapore. In the 1990’s she served as Assistant Director for Public Affairs for the National Parks of Singapore.
Bonnie Tinsley resides in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband. She may be reached at email@example.com.
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