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Let’s hear Sonia‘s story about creative writing, after we had a wonderful interview with her!

Where are you from?

Hello! Nice to meet you! I am Sonia, I come from Romania, Bucharest and I am a children’s book author.

What inspires you to write??

This answer will be quite different from other famous artists since I am not inspired by one particular thing, but by everything. For example, mainly all of my stories that are in the school’s magazine; The International Voice (TIV), are inspired by dreams and books. However, Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia was inspired by the time I spent in the airports waiting to board the plane. That is because when you go to the airport there are a lot of shops – mainly toys, but there are also some souvenir shops that offer books about the country that that airport is located in. But for Bucharest, there is no such thing! Wherever I tried searching for a book for children about this city, I only found books with pictures and descriptions about this city. None of them had a story behind it or that was for children. So that’s how I started writing one. Usually, I am inspired by movies, by the books I read, and am also inspired by my dreams.

How has reading books changed your life?

I have enjoyed books since I was a toddler and my mother used to read to me every day. Then I discovered the beauty of stories, and with that came the idea that I can write too. I love to read and write. Now with my books, I am happy that I started to get in touch with people from various countries and continents – people that love my projects. I am really lucky that I succeeded to publish my books at such a young age.

What difficulties did you face while writing and publishing books?

The main issue I struggled with was to find supporters and sponsors for my projects, as at the moment I am at the beginning of my journey as a writer. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more difficult, but I am sure I will find the right people as I did with every project so far.

How were you able to overcome those difficulties?

I think that passion and perseverance are the key ingredients to success. Never get discouraged by someone saying no; be positive until you find the right person or company.

What was your experience when you published your first book?

I had a great experience with my first book that was published when I was just 10 years old. I met more than 1,000 children in my visits to kindergartens and schools. I saw how every visit was different; each community with a different approach, depending on the children’s ages, nationality, and if it is a state or private school or international school. How big the groups were differed, as I sometimes presented to a small class or sometimes to assemblies where there were more than 200 children. It was a great experience that made me realise that this is something I want to pursue in life.

Hearing the children’s laughs and their applause is fantastic; they encourage me to go forward, they make me proud of knowing that all the effort I put in my projects pays off. A couple of the students I met throughout my journey even published a book after they saw that it is possible if you believe. This makes me realise how important it is to inspire one another, and again, it makes me really proud to know that I was part of their dream.

Who is your biggest supporter or guide in your journey?

My biggest supporter or guide in my journey is my mother, since she made my first book become reality. My teachers at my school, International British School of Bucharest, were also a part of that since they discovered and nurtured my talent since I was very young.

Now I am happy that I know many things related to the way of working with the illustrators to realise the book as I envision, regarding advertising it, how to organize the author visits to schools and kindergartens and how to find partners that support my work and believe in me.

Favourite authors?

Growing up, my favourite authors were Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Lou Kuenzler. Now, my favourite authors are Jennifer Donelly and Philip Pullman.

When did you realise that you want to become a writer??

I was sure about becoming a writer when I was 5 years old. It took us two years to release the first book, so I started writing for the school magazine: The International Voice, which made me realise how happy I am when I receive a book and it has an article signed by me. It made me very proud and I used to present it to my entire family and to my friends.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love travelling, going to shows, I like to act and create movies and obviously to read. I enjoy discovering new cultures and new tastes. Interacting for my books with so many artists made me realize that one day I can be part of this loved world of artists and creators of beauty.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I discovered that only by writing you can discover the story you are about to reveal. Sometimes I start with an idea, but when writing it, it takes a different turn. It is a unique process of creating a story and I love every step of it.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story from my point of view is something that ignites an emotion to the reader, either laughing, crying, creating goosebumps. We all want to travel to a different world when reading. The perfect story should make you forget about your surroundings and immerse you in a different world.

Apart from becoming a writer, is there anything else you want to become when you grow up?

Most certainly. I always have loved art design even though I am not Picasso when it comes to putting my brush on the canvas. I also enjoy film making and having to make the advertising and actually direct a movie for Drama made me develop my skills. I enjoy acting too, and also editing movies – I edit all the movies for social media. Developing the content strategy for my social media accounts is also something I do with pleasure.

What is your next goal or project?

I have a fantastic Christmas story in progress now, but it takes a long time to finalise such a project as it is my longest book so far, and I am sure that many children will love it! I hope it will be a timeless project, where children 30 years from now will enjoy it just as much as when I will launch it! Stay tuned for upcoming news!

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