First, and foremost– Happy Fourth of July, and what better way to celebrate then talking about this month’s featured author, Sonya Loveday!I’ve known Sonya for some time now, and to be honest with you, I’m not even quite sure how I met her. I think it was through wordpress, but it very well could have been through Goodreads too. I met her and Candace Knoebel at the same time, and we’ve supported each other through pretty much each of one another’s book launches. So, it gives me great pleasure to feature her all this month–a month where she should be having yet another amazing book launch. Sonya writes a killer Young Adult fantasy, and will also soon be a Contemporary Romance author! You’ll get to learn more about that through out this month! Today we have an interview so you can get to know her, and a kick-butt giveaway for the entire month!
1) You’re a stay at home mom, how do you juggle writing and raising the kids?
I write when they’re at school. It’s a whole lot quieter. Right now they’re on summer break, so I have to balance computer time with getting them out of the house to blow off some energy. If not, they get crazy. It does help that my kids aren’t really ‘little’ anymore. My daughter is 14 going on 25 and my son will be 13 in July.
2) You have a small business with your best friend, tell us more about it!
Actually, I closed the business so that Candace and I could focus on our writing careers 🙂
3) When and why did you start writing?
I started officially writing in 2009. I’ve always had an overly active imagination and one day Candace and I were sitting outside on lunch break talking, and I was telling her about a dream I’d had after seeing a silver bracelet…anyway random story aside I’d told her about the dream and how that particular bracelet ended up in my dream and how I’d sort of built a story around it in my head. We kinda laughed about it and she told me that she’d had a dream about a dragon shifter. On the elevator ride back to our desks we decided that we should try it and see where it goes. The rest you can say is history. Although the story that kicked off my writing career is still sitting in my hard-drive not ready to see the light of day yet.
4) You’re a self-published author. Why did you choose to go the self-publishing route?
I have total control from start to finish. I set all my dates. I get all my royalties. And let’s face it, Agents aren’t standing on every street corner ready to make a deal. There’s so many amazing authors out there, not everyone can be picked up for a deal. I’m happy with the choice I made. It’s slow and steady, but extremely rewarding.
5) Have you considered traditional publishing? If not, or if you have, why?
I did in the beginning, but honestly now that I’ve done my own thing for a while the deal would have to be too good to pass up. Most small publishers leave you to do all of your marketing and such on your own. They provide the bank to cover the editing and covers, but the rest is left up to the author. I figure if I’m gonna do all the work, then I might as well take on the full responsibility of publishing my own work.
6) Your first series, Casted, is a paranormal young adult series. What inspired it?
My mind always wanders before I fall asleep. Casted came to me that way, just a blip of a girl and a spell book that she absorbs. I wish I had a better / cooler answer, but honestly that’s how all of my stories start. From a blip, and I build the rest of it around it. I’m probably the most ass-backward writer around.
7) Your next series, The Six, is very different than your first series. Why did you choose to move away from the paranormal young adult category? And will you go back to it for later series?
Talk about dipping your toe into a big pond right?! It’s one of those stories that came to me, beat at my head, truth be told. A girl sitting on the tailgate of her pick-up, swinging her feet. I let my mind wander and her world opened up to me. I didn’t chose it so much as it chose me. As far as going back to paranormal, yeah there’s another story that popped up in my head the other night. I’ve scratched out a few lines of what I remember and it’ll be there waiting for me once this series is done.
8) You write multiple genres, what are they, and which is your favorite? (Both main—Young Adult, New Adult and sub-genre, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, etc)
I’ve written Paranormal Romance and now a NA. I really like both of them. With Paranormal Romance you can create your world and there’s no restrictions as to what the characters can do or be. With NA you’re building off human emotion. Life, love, loss. Something a little more ‘real’ to the reader. I want to be able to move between the genres and not hold myself to anything in particular. I think as a writer it’s helped me grow.
9) What is the most challenging part of being an author?
Not giving up? There are so many amazing authors out there and when I sit down and read sometimes I get sick, not from their story, but because their story is so good. So I really start questioning myself and my writing. When it’s all said and done I realize that, that’s the beauty of it. No two authors are alike. Everyone’s stories are different and the way they write is different. We aren’t meant to be the same, otherwise all the books would be the same and reading would no longer be fun or an escape.
10) What advice would you give someone who is looking to publish?
Do what’s best for you. Indie? Awesome! Traditional Publishing? Go for it. Hybrid? Best of both worlds! Whatever you do, do it proudly and give it all you got!
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Sonya Loveday, first and foremost is a reader, an avid one. It is of that love that brought her to the realization that this was the answer to the nagging persistent feeling that ‘there’s got to be something more’.
The dream came alive in 2009 when she purchased her laptop and began the tedious step of becoming a published author.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s sleeping, shuttling her children back and forth to school, letting the dogs and cats in and out of the house for the umpteenth time in the last hour and dreaming of a clean house.