Sweet Tea with Sonya Ray
I’d like to introduce you to Sonya Ray, a southeast Missouri girl who is a
prolific writer. Growing up among the famous “Throwed Rolls,” high cotton, and
the Cards she managed to raise two kids and considers them her treasured gift.
Working as a full-time Administrative Assistant with free time dedicated to her
family, Sonya still manages to work on her book series that has captured the
hearts of readers. Her first installment, Sweet Tea was how I met her. It was published
in October 2013 and there’s been no looking back. Several libraries in
Southeast Missouri carry her books as does The Book Rack in Cape Girardeau,
Missouri. Welcome, Sonya!
You have some very interesting
characters, especially Lizzie. Tell me more about her and how she spoke to you.
story about a girl who lives on a ranch, who loves horses, and all the stuff
her and her friends do. That is how Sweet Tea began. I wanted to write about
the area in which I lived, but I wanted to write outside of the box and add a
twist. I can tell you my kids were very surprised when their mother wrote about vampires. I believe my daughter was a junior in high school at
the time, so I had plenty of resources to pull from. But Lizzie is not based
off of anyone. She is a creation, I guess you might say. She is from money, but
loves the simple things in life such as fishing, being with friends, and sweet
tea. In the world view, she is considered a socialite, but she does not concern
herself with such things. She has a whole other world that surrounds her, and
even protects her, but she is not inclined to believe in such nonsense—it is
not logical. But she does come to terms that she is different and this series
is her finding her true self and accepting herself, even if that makes her
know that you have another job besides author. How do you manage writing with
such a busy life?
writing, learning about my craft, promoting other authors, etc…But as you said,
I work a full time job, commuting an hour a day, and I have a junior in high
school. Needless to say, my family comes first. I miss a lot of time promoting
my own work and mingling with other authors, but I don’t want to miss any time
with that junior.
order and you stay peaceful and productive. If I start losing my peace, then it
is time to reevaluate and make a change. My family is supportive and during
deadlines or when a book comes out, they understand I need to focus my
attention on the book, but sometimes it’s not that easy!
trilogy is a terrific way to keep the love and momentum going with your novels.
What kind of projects are you working on now? Will you stick to the paranormal
series. The next installment, Absolution, Vol IV, is scheduled to come out the
first of the year. The whole series should be complete by the first of 2016.
this series is complete. I have a YA/Paranormal four-novel series, the start of
two more New Adult Paranormal books, and a Chic Lit all in the works.
fiction. I can make up something new that no one has ever heard of and make it
viable in this make believe world that I am writing. But I do not want to limit
my writing to Paranormal. I am excited about my Chic Lit novel. It is edgy and
full of drama. We will see what happens when the time comes for that to come
prompted you to write paranormal?
things. I wanted to create new kinds of people. New worlds. I wanted to keep it
the readers something about yourself that might surprise them.
cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 and our world
changed. Everything changed. Had several years of working through different
things that the cancer brought on, but we made it through and I have been
cancer free for fourteen years.
You’ve got to tell us more about Broken Boundaries, Volume III.
remains in the shadows, waiting to be revealed. Lizzie continues to muddle
through life in her human world, but the Night World feels her growing power,
and there are those who will do anything to stop her, and obtain that power for
new addition to her family, Cain Atchley and others around her become
increasingly vigilant in trying to keep Lizzie safe, alive, and out of the
clutches of the Seekers from the Night World. But an impossible traitor,
someone she has known all her life, manages to breach the wall of trust Lizzie
has with her friends, bringing her face to face with her enemies. The traitor
wants Lizzie to know about the true nature of the world that surrounds her.
This shakes Lizzie’s faith in her friends, and alters the boundaries that keep
her safe, placing her in mortal danger.
has been so much fun getting to know you better. I know readers are going to
enjoy your work.
the rest of you remember, some Sweet Tea is good anytime of day!
Tea, Vol. I
below is how you can find Sonya Ray on social media.