Sonja Anderson is a certified librarian and teacher with an EdM from Harvard University. Sonja taught for three years in an international elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, and she is the author of middle-grade novel, SOPHIE’S QUEST (2015, Sunpenny Books, UK). She currently lives in Burien, Washington, and works in a public elementary school library.
Note from Sonja:
I write from Seattle, Washington, while watching ships and tugboats go by on Puget Sound. I work in an elementary school library, where I feel like a spy sometimes as I listen to kids talk about their favorite books all day long. I have taught kindergarten and 2nd grader at an international school in Tokyo, Japan, and I’ve taught all grade levels as a substitute teacher in Seattle. I also worked for many years as the Christian Formation Coordinator for the North Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. A long time ago, I earned a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and studied history at North Park College–something that has come in handy while doing research for my first novel!
Like many authors, I grew up reading–a lot. I always thought it would be fun to read every book in the school library, except for one problem: when I found a book I liked, I read that one book over and over again. My dad would walk by and ask how many times I had read that one, and wasn’t once enough? Once is never enough when you really, really like a book, right?
My favorites were Heidi, Mandy (never realizing until just a few years ago that Julie Edwards, author of Mandy, was really the wonderful actress, Julie Andrews!), The Village that Slept, The Littles, and all the Nancy Drew books. Now I have two teenage daughters who like to read and re-read their favorite books (like anything by Jane Austen and Tolkien), and my husband will sometimes walk by my chair and ask how many times I’ve read that one (usually one of the Harry Potter series)! As we know, once is never enough, when you really, really like it!
I can’t believe that my dream of writing a book has come true. Maybe, just maybe, someone will even want to read it more than once!