Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sophie’s Quest Fan Art

Happy Valentine’s Day from snowy Seattle! A young friend greeted me at school today with this lovely picture inspired by Sophie’s Quest (“Sophie” and “Timley” are written under the pictures). So cute!

This is our one and only day in school this entire week as Midwinter Break begins tomorrow. A little crazy for normally rainy Seattle! I used all of our snowbound days to work on Sophie’s Gold Rush, the third and final book in the Sophie Topfeather series. I’m on the revision stage and have been checking for consistency of things like names and places and deleting redundancies. When you work on something in bits and pieces over several years, it’s surprisingly easy to forget what you named a minor character fifty pages back!

I’m not quite ready to share the manuscript yet, but getting close! If you are interested in being part of my “Beta Readers” team, could you let me know? That’s a fancy name for a group who is willing to read a novel-length manuscript and give me honest feedback with the purpose of making it the best book it can be before it gets published.

You can leave a comment below, or a message on the Contact page, or an email or Facebook message. I’d like to have two types of people who can help me review this manuscript: someone who has read the other two books in the series and can help me ensure that this one is consistent with the first two in tone and themes and loveability, and a group of new readers who will read this manuscript and tell me if it’s confusing and if they can relate to the characters even if they didn’t read the other two. A lot of kids read books in a series out of order, and I want to make sure they can enjoy this one if it’s the only one they read.

It’s been some time since my last post! I hope you are doing well. I’d love to hear from you and what you are reading or doing, especially if, like me, you’ve been snowbound for awhile! I will close with a highlight from the end of January, right before all of our snow started falling. These are pictures from a Young Author Day where I was invited to give three presentations and sign a lot of books! What a fun day with the kids at this private school in Bellevue!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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4 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Sonja, I would be happy to be a beta reader for your third Sophie Topfeather book. I am sorry to say I haven’t gotten to the first two yet, so I would be one who is reading the new book fresh, without preconceived expectations. Write on!

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  2. Thank you, Tiffany! That is so generous of you. Reading a novel-length manuscript is a big ask. Thank you so much! You’re on my list!

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  3. Susan Redhed says:

    Dear Sonja, I enjoyed reading about your Valentine  gift, and catching up on Sophie and Timley. What will you call those books when the third one comes out — a trilogy or something? Well, I’m darned proud of you for persevering with that demanding project!  I’m not doing anything at the moment that will make me famous, but I’m having some wonderful adventures with God these days. Never too late to grow! And there’s joy!

    With much love and many prayers,Sue

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    • Thank you, Sue, for y our lovely note! I’m glad to hear you’re doing well and still having adventures. About the books as a whole, yes, it’s a trilogy! In the big picture, I view it as a Christian Formation trilogy–God seeks us and we can find him (Sophie’s Quest), God can use us and it’s worth whatever risks we might have to make (Sophie Topfeather, Superstar!), and God wants a lifelong relationship with us (Sophie’s Gold Rush). It’s been a journey of about 18 years! Such a great adventure with God! I am thrilled to see how the series ends, and I hope kids (and adults!) will enjoy it. It makes me cry and laugh out loud as I work on the revisions, my favorite kind of book. I’m just hoping to make God famous! Keep praying! The books are the most-checked-out novels in my school since they were published!

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