Hi, Sonia! Congratulations on the 2nd edition of your YA fantasy, The Last Stored. Thank you for coming by to spend a little time with me and my readers. We’re looking forward to learning a little bit more about you and your work.
- When did you first begin to write?
I started writing in high school, but put it on the back burner because I didn’t think I was smart enough. (Often, we stop doing our passion because of that inner voice knocking us around.) I picked writing back up after my kids started leaving the nest. I found I had a knack for it and actually regretted not doing it sooner. If I have any advice to give, it would be to don’t allow that inner voice tear you down, instead keep practicing and learning!
- What was your inspiration for the story, The Last Stored?
Us writers are constantly asking ourselves what if questions and observing details around us that others don’t necessarily notice or care about, but often we fall into our own heads, creating stories, characters, and worlds. We live in two places—one foot in reality, the other in our imagination. Sometimes those dreams come together and our fingers can’t work fast enough to get the story out. That was the Last Stored for me.
I grew up in the forest, traipsing under fallen logs and splashing through creeks. A part of me, no matter where I am, is always there. Something about the forest, with its earthy smell, and peaceful sounds contains magic. That got me to thinking, what if, I found a door to another world and a girl was stored on Earth to save that world. Don’t we all feel like we don’t belong, that we are meant for greater things! Amber Megan Peel feels that, and deeply, and a boy is about to bring her home, to Tali!
Look around you, life is filled with magic, we simply need to believe it!
- Who is your favorite character in the story, and who was the most difficult to write?
Chaney is my favorite character to write for, I found him likeable, easy, and calm. He’s a sort of big brother—Viking, and who doesn’t want to have that type of guy around? He was the polar opposite of the whirlwind that is Lin.
Who was the most difficult? That would be Amber, she was so much like me, an underachiever, she never fit in, she always was looking for something more, that I found it difficult to share so much of me on the page. I’m a guarded person, but writing her helped me to breakdown those walls.
- Did you have to do any research for this book?
Does my life count, lol? Most places in the book are mishmash of local areas. I did change their names because they didn’t quite match up. And dealing with grief, that was something that I knew first hand because of the loss of my own father. Writing for her really helped me to deal the heartache.
- What do you hope your readers will take away from your story?
Hope and Magic. Look for the unexpected and realize we are all made for bigger, more glorious things! Swaro!!
- Sometimes in writing, the scenes don’t go where you expected them to go, and your characters don’t act the way you intended them to act. Did you experience anything like this in the writing of The Last Stored?
Sure! I am a plotter. Often, I plan out my books backwards. I know the beginning, and I know the ending, I just need to get my characters there, but like real people they have other plans and ideas. They get into mischief, and send me down plot holes. At first Amber wanted a complete different ending. After a long discussion she agreed and well, I won’t give it away, but you can find out for yourself since, I have the alternate ending included in this edition.
- When is your favorite time to write and where is your favorite writing place?
I love to write in the daytime and afternoon, with a glass of ice tea, while nibbling on a fudge-round. I have a serious chocolate cake addiction. All of this is done in my office which has two big windows and they look out over one-hundred-year-old trees. A nest family of squirrels often watches me. (Chocolate cake, squirrels, and trees, are my favorite!)
- What is your next project?
I am currently working on the second draft of a book tentatively called, I AM ABLE. I hope to be finished with it by late summer. It still needs a third draft, betas, and critique partner edits.
Quick blurb – The year is 1947, the year has always been and will always be 1947. While the sleepy community of Pleasant Valley lives a sheltered existence, free from the Commies who lurk beyond their protective wall, sixteen-year-old Able McCants discovers the monsters aren’t just on the outside. (First draft complete.)
About Sonia’s current book:
After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy appears to tell her she’s the last of her kind, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.
Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector, and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death. The Returning has begun.
Amber and Cree must return to Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat the dark lord, Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.
Sonia Poynter writes books with a common thread of wonder. She found that golden string under the crumpled leaves of her favorite tree when she was but a child, since then she has been unraveling it and weaving it onto the pages of her books. Her first book, The Last Stored, was published through Anaiah Press.
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Web site: www.soniapoynter.com/
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Thanks again for your time, Sonia. All the best with The Last Stored and with all the stories you will tell in the future.