Meet the Author
Soni dreamed of becoming a writer when she was nine years old and created a short comic strip for her dad. In her teens, her best friend Mary taught her to write poetry and pay attention to song lyrics.
While Soni raised her large family she often contributed to newsletters and magazines, and with the help of her children and subscribers, she published C.H.E.R.I.S.H. a home school newspaper named by her oldest son, Frank who also became her assistant.
As her family grew Soni set writing aside to improve her gardening, cooking, and food preservation skills. She and her children volunteered at rest homes, an orphanage, churches, and homeschool events. During this time she won first prize for inventing a children's game, "Spell Well Fishing Well" for Lakeshore Learning Co.
Soni and her daughters also trained and showed horses, and trained a sassy Moluccan Cockatoo named, "Flit".
In 2000 Soni joined the Christian Writer's Guild (Jerry B. Jenkins), attended conferences, and later completed the CWG Apprenticeship and Writing Essentials course. 2004-2005 Soni researched, wrote and planned future books while earning an Associate of Art and Business Degree. It wasn't until 2015 when Soni finally became a full-time writer and is now ready to launch her breakout novel in 2021.
While she loves inventing fictional stories, Soni has studied Southwest history for many years and has taken to one Pioneer in particular which led to her first work about Fourr, "The Remarkable Billy Fourr" and is featured in the 2017 Cochise County Historical Journal 50th Anniversary edition which can be found on the "William 'Billy' Fourr" Facebook page. During the 2018 NaNoWriMo competition "Boys in the Land of Pirates--the Life and Times of William Fourr" was entered and is ready for completion.
Other nonfiction works Soni has scheduled to complete include her own memoir, "20 Years of Chaos--Help! There's a Wolf in my Bed" and, "Janes Story" the Unsolved Murder of Kathy Gloddy.
In 2017 Soni also contributed a chapter upon request by Dr. Jacquline Ford, and a college information science reference book, published by IGI Global International Academic Publisher available at Amazon Books.
Although researching and learning the craft of novel writing has taken nearly 4,000 hours since 2015, Sonirarely misses opportunities to spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and cooking. For many years Soni fed her family and friends 'mess style' and is working on a cookbook with her second oldest daughter, RozAnna. Mess photos and recipes can be found on Facebook: #messmunch or Instagram: mess_hall_chef.
Soni enjoys a quiet house these days with Raya being her last child at home and is looking forward to her first book in a series:
Rudy's Rescue Book One, a Tails to Tale production to be published by, Hill & Dell LLC.
The American Southwest is rich with history and interesting historical figures and Soni never forgets to thank her long-time companion Norm for introducing her to William Fourr and sponsoring her writing all these years.
Soni would like to thank her online and social media friends for the many precious years of brainstorming with her, making her laugh, and above all things--believing in her.
The Birth of Rudy
When Soni was eight years old, her mother put her in charge of a baby lamb that nearly froze during a severe Minnesota winter storm, and later, following a flood during high school Soni fostered squirrels and a raccoon she called Jasper but she couldn't wait to have her own animals.
At 18, Soni rescued a puppy nearly 'put down' for being the runt. She named him Charlie.
Over the past several decades, Soni and her children have taken in a menagerie of the "least likely to be loved" animals which generated a palate of lively stories leading to her first novel, Rudy's Rescue.
"Rudy" was born in a Jeep to Soni and her daughter Raya. Together they came up with the story of Rudy's Rescue during trips back and forth to middle school while avoiding encounters with local school bus bullies and Rudy rescued their mornings.
Soni and Raya hope the book will help raise money for animal rescue and no-kill shelters.