Sonja studied literature at the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. Taking into account her love of kids, and having no idea what to do with a BA in English, Sonja went on to earn her Masters in Teaching and spent the next eight years in Kindergarten. After the birth of her third child, Sonja did what every mom of a newborn, toddler, and preschooler considers: she quit her job and wrote a novel. Then, another. Then, another. Then, another.
Knowing a good story required more than just words on a page, Sonja earned her Writing for Children Certificate from the University of Washington, then spent the next two years studying story with the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association. From that point forward, Sonja has been active in learning about the craft of writing by immersing herself in multiple extended education classes, workshops, events, conferences, cruises (yes, writing cruises is a thing!), critique groups, contests, commercials (just one), craft books, social media platforms, and specialized courses.
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Awards & Accolades: 2017 PNWA Literary Contest Finalist - Young Adult, 2018 PNWA Literary Contest Finalist - Young Adult, 2018 PNWA Literary Contest Finalist - Short Story, 2020 Writer's Digest Essay Contest - Honorable Mention, 2021 PNWA Literary Contest Finalist - Adult Short Topic/Essay, 2021 The Writer Magazine Essay Contest - Semifinalist (2 essays), and 2022 Writer's Digest Essay Contest - Honorable Mention.
Educator Related Accolades: 2021 "6th Best Teacher in the World!" - S. Wnuk, 3rd Grader
A Note from the Author
As readers, we pick up a book for two reasons: to escape our world temporarily, and to see ourselves within the pages.
For the first, sometimes we just need a break. An opportunity to pull into ourselves and invest our tired and fraught emotions into the lives of characters that will, ultimately, have no lasting effect on us.
The second idea is a little more complicated.
One of the ways that humans learn to process emotions is through story. Whether we love or hate them, complicated plots and well-rounded characters show us how to interact with the real world. And what a world it is. Beautifully diverse, painfully interesting, and teeming with possibility.
I believe, that at our core, in the middle of the whirlwind we call life, we all want to feel seen. Our common connector is deep honest emotion. It is my goal to bring that connection of story to self to my readers. To show you that I see you, too.
Thank you for reading!