About Sonja N. Kreps:
Sonja Kreps is a teacher, wife, and mother of two who is addicted to reading and writing. If she likes a book, she will read it over and over again, revisiting it like an old friend. Her first book, “The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat: And Other Songs from your Childhood Explained,” was born out of late night rocking sessions when her oldest child was a just baby. After singing song after song to him, she started to wonder what some of the songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes were really about and set out to write a book based off the song. Writing during nap times, books are slow to come, but Sonja has lots of ideas that she is tucking away for when she has time to sit down and write!
What inspires you to write?
I see inspiration in everything. I love to see the same thing from many different perspectives: mine, my children’s, my class, even my dog’s view. I write for adults, for children, for me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an old school writer mixing in some new technology. I prefer to write my ideas down, but then switch to Google Drive to flesh them out. Google Drive is great, because as long as you are connected to the Internet, you have access to your ideas, and never have to worry about a computer crashing and losing everything.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are usually based off of me in some way, which makes them extremely easy to write, but also terrifying for other people to read because I feel so raw and exposed having people climb into my head that way. I act out their little ticks, facial expressions, and yes, even say out loud how they would say a phrase.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t ever stop! Take a break, but don’t give up on an idea. It can always be incorporated later into a story. Everything you write down can be used somewhere.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first book because I was eager to share it. After spending four years (off and on) working on it, I was ready and so proud of it that I wasn’t willing to hear any negative responses to it from a publisher. I would love to be picked up by a publisher, but was too impatient with my first.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
When it comes to books, I love that there are so many ways for people to read: books, Kindles, Nooks, audio, iPods, and on and on. I think book publishing will continue because so many people still value the feeling of a book in their hand.
What genres do you write?: Adult fiction, chick lit, children
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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