Gina: Why did you become an author?
Sonia: I’ve always had a wild imagination. Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved daydreaming and imagining different endings to movies and books in my head. I also liked to come up with story ideas of my own, though I never wrote a full book before. When I read about self-publishing online, I wanted to give it a try. I wrote and published my first book in 2016.
Gina: What genre of books do you like to write?
Sonia: Sci-fi romance. I’ve always loved otherworldly stories like fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Sonia: I’m currently working on the fourth book in my Mate of the Beast series. The series is about beastly, genetically engineered Ezak-X aliens who were created by an evil alien race seeking world domination. The Ezak-X were saved by the Intergalactic Alliance and the series follows them as they try to adjust to life outside of captivity and find their place in the universe. My inspiration for this series was a bit of “Beauty and the Beast” in space. I wanted to tell the stories of aliens who are seen as “monsters” and who’ve never known true happiness, and give them just that: happiness, acceptance, and love.
Gina: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Sonia: Plotter, definitely! I always have detailed chapter-by-chapter plots, though I may sometimes diverge from the plot slightly when writing. In the beginning, I didn’t have as detailed plots and I sometimes ended up having to rewrite parts of the story because I lost my direction or came up with something better. That’s why, nowadays I always really try to think out the events of the book in advance.
Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?
Sonia: Instead of removing words when editing, I add words. The first draft is always more bare-bones and then I polish it and add more emotion, descriptions, etc. That’s why my editing phase usually takes pretty long.
Gina: What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?
Sonia: Go for it! In this time of self-publishing, it doesn’t matter what your background is. Just start writing a story and see where it takes you! And if you’re like me and have many ideas but no completed stories, try to finish those stories and put them out there! You might be surprised.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself in the future?
Sonia: I’m trying to publish more often. Since I started, I’ve published 2-4 books a year and I know there are authors who publish a lot more than that, so I want to try to push myself a little and publish more often too. I have so many ideas and I want to get them out so that my readers can enjoy them too!
Gina: What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?
Sonia: Adventures in space, romance, and sexy alien guys! Those are guaranteed in all of my books.
Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?
Sonia: Simply: Thank you! I hope you enjoy my stories.