About Sonia

Sonia G Medeiros is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She’s the author of more than a dozen short stories and flash fiction pieces and is working on her first novel, a contemporary fantasy/horror about a girl, an ancient war and a power that can stop the apocalypse…or trigger it. When she’s not wandering along the tangled paths of her wild imagination, she wrangles home life with one fabulous husband, two amazing, homeschooled children, one part-alien half-chihuahua, a siberian husky/german shepherd/tornado mix, three cats, and two turtles who battle each other for world domination.

You can find Sonia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

updated 8/9/17

103 thoughts on “About Sonia

    1. My eldest is 8. We’ve been homeschooling her from the beginning. And now our 5 year old son has joined in the fun. I love homeschooling. It’s definitely given me such a different perspective on learning and creativity. Plus, no PTA meetings. Heh heh heh.

    1. I have a flexible routine (because I have some sort of weird personal aversion to schedules 🙂 ). I try to get up by 6am so I can spend a couple of hours writing, blogging, and twittering before the children get up. As long as I don’t sleep in, that works pretty well. Some days it’s really hard not to sleep in though.

  1. Tacos & brownies… YUM! I have a weird aversion to schedules too, actually I threw that whole concept of “time” out the window ages ago. Now if only all the people around me would grasp this simple premise…

    Good to meet you.

    1. Yes! That’s it, the people around us need to learn to go by “our” timeless clock for awhile. I think the world would be a better place. 😉 Or not…

  2. Yes, the desire of sleeping-in is the worst part. I also try to write before the kids are up. The huge plus is that I don’t need to get dressed or do my hair before I go to work!

    1. So true! I’ve been sick this week and have been writing on the couch, in bed, and at the table in my pajamas with my hair sticking up. I love writing and homeschooling. 🙂

  3. homeschooler..thats so cool! i never understood how it worked…can you explain? i never got a chance to meet or ask anyone that! nice to meet you btw and cool blog!

    1. There are so many ways to homeschool! We really love it. The children and I plan what we’ll study together. We go with their interests, sometimes using one topic to study multiple subjects (unit studies). We also look at all of the ordinary stuff around us and see what we can learn from it (biology from gardening, chemistry and math from cooking, etc). It’s really a privilege to participate in my children’s learning so closely.

      Nice to meet you too! And thanks for stopping by!

    1. Don’t know about super mom. LOL. Some days are easier than others. I try to get up at 6 so I can get my writing in too. Otherwise, it gets pretty hairy. It’s easier for me now that I have two kiddos. When there’s more than one, they can play with eachother (or, you know, pull eachother’s hair out LOL). Hang in there!

  4. Hi Sonia, you are a crack-up…I’ve looked around your blog and have already giggled out loud plenty o’ times. I’m so glad you took a few minutes to visit my blog–now I know of yours, and I can bookmark you & come back and catch up on the life of a homeschooling taco-lover. 🙂

    1. Awww! Thanks! It’s been so great to discover so many other bloggers out there in the great blogosphere and to find that there are those who actually kind of like my kooky sense of humor (besides my friends and family :D).

  5. Well, hey, nice logline! LOL. The blog’s lookin’ good, Sonia! Glad to hear you’re another convert to just ‘writer.’ See you in class/twitter!

  6. Hi, Sonia! I love your blog design. It has a beautiful Twilight feel to it. Thanks for the follow. I’m new to Blogger–so I’m not sure of how to follow your blog on WordPress. 🙂 Will figure it out! It’s great being in the same online class.
    Shadonna

    1. I’m still figuring things out too. I suppose I could read all the help topics… 😀 Today, I put up links for following me on Twitter, grabbing the RSS feed, and subscribing by email. That should help.

  7. I’m really liking this site! So glad I stopped by. You also have been working the flash fiction which appeals to me. Do you do any nonfic? I have an upcoming project that you might be great for. Nice to know you.

    And we are so gonna be ready for zombies.

  8. sonia, i just got this email a little while ago and your blog name was on the subject line.

    i accidentally posted the matter on stephanie’s page (i always get you two mixed up! duh, getting old is a pain, i think my brains headed south with my chest!). here is the entire thing i posted on stephanie’s site. could you please let me know if you know or have heard of this person or company? i do not know how they know my secondary email address, which is what this came in on, my connection with wordpress, or your blog name. i am very cautious. again, please advise. leave message on my blog.

    here is what i put on stephanie’s blog by mistake…

    #
    MARANTHA JENELLE June 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    stephanie, i just this got this about five minutes ago, and it took me that long to decide if i wanted to bring it to your attention. it used your site name as a reference in the “subject” line, which is why i am contacting you.

    this is a copy and paste of the message, which came in on my secondary email address. please tell me if you know this person or company and if it is legit. if possible, tonight.

    here is the message…

    Christie Lewis to me

    show details 6:39 PM (1 hour ago)

    Hello,

    My name is Christie from Article Writing Services. We have a client who would like to pay you for the opportunity to sponsor a blog post that you have recently written. We know that blogs can be expensive to run and our client would like the opportunity to support you in that endeavor.

    In return our client is asking for one link that they specify placed into the body of the blog post (no porn or gambling). Feel free to contact me with any concerns or clarifications you may have.

    If you would have any questions or would like to start the process, please email me at christie@article-writing-services.org so we can begin.

    Sincerely,

    Christie Lewis
    Outreach Manager – Article Writing Services
    christie@article-writing-services.org

    i have never seen this person here on wordpress, and i do not know how they got that email address. please advise. will take no further action, but have file the email on that email account awaiting further instructions.

    marantha

    oh, did you get the email i sent earlier?

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Reply
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    MARANTHA JENELLE June 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    oops, looks like it came in more than five minutes ago! i have been busy working on my html lessons and didn’t see it come in.
    but still, please advise whether you know or have ever heard of this person.

    marantha
    Reply
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    MARANTHA JENELLE June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    this is what was on the subject line…

    We Love doingthewritething.wordpress.com!

    1. I’ve never heard of them. I would be reluctant to respond in any way. It could be legit or it could be phishing. It’s strange that they mixed up you and me. Something doesn’t seem right. Hmmm…

  9. That was what I thought, but I had to be sure. And you are right, how did they not only know my email address that I use for posting contacts, but why did they connect me with YOUR blog? If they are from this site, which I can only assume they are to have my contact information and your site name, then surely, logically assuming, they should have linked to Stephanie’s site rather than yours, no offense intended, believe me, for the simple expediency that she is the one that I have been responding to the prompts from the most recently.

    Something doesn’t add up, Sonia. It would appear we may have a mole on the site, a “troller”. You might want to warn your contacts about this person in case they are contacted as well.
    I am going to post a warning on my page as well as soon as I finish this message.

    I was not only a member of but also a moderator and chief topic poster for an anti-scammer group on Zorpia, and let me tell you, those people have more moves than a meth high snake.

    That reminds me, speaking of those topics posts that I did for that group, I think I am going to post them on my blog. It appears that they may serve some small purpose after all. I have been hesitant about posting them as I was afraid of being laughed off of the site, but after what happened today, it appears there may be just cause.

    Some of them may seem light hearted and done in jest, but take my word for it, the message contained in them is no joke.

    I should know, I was a victim of a scammer twice. That was what was behind my joining that group to begin with.

    Also, before I close, I would like to respectfully ask that if you have yahoo messenger, would you grant me an interview? I would like to do one on you and also try to promote your blog, if you are agreeable. But the messenger is essential, as it will be “real time” and I will copy and paste the results on the blog. You have my word that I will delete you from my messenger immediately the interview is over, unless you tell me you would like to remain and maybe drop in for a chat now and then.

    Sonia, this email I got tonight is a very serious matter. If they could access that email address and link me with your blog, it has to be someone either on this site or familiar with it.

    And that means the younger writers have to be warned, for they might be tempted to respond, and the lord only knows what could get leaked or what viruses could be loaded onto WordPresses servers encoded within that seemingly harmless “add on” that that person in the email seemed so insistent was part of the deal.

    Point blank, I think it is a scam. And we need to warn the rest of the site to watch out for that email and that name and the name of the business quoted in that email, so that the other site members will be warned.

    I will be posting the entire original email as a screen grabber screen shot, so that everyone will know it is true.

    If you have a yahoo messenger and would like to do the interview, leave me a message on my blog. I will contact you and give you my auxiliary email and then from there my primary. then you can send the add request only long enough for the interview. Once the messenger is closed after the interview, you can delete me from the messenger and put me on ignore. But again, you have my word that I will remove you from my messenger unless you signify otherwise the moment the interview is over.

    blessings and a huge cyber hug coming your way,

    marantha

    1. Still baffled as to how they got the info and connected us together. Maybe from a comment on my blog? Do you have a Gravatar with an email address attached? Maybe that’s it. Interview would be okay. I’ve never used Yahoo messenger though. I’ve only used the google one once. When are you thinking?

  10. HOW ABOUT THIS EVENING, IF YOU AREN’T BUSY. FIXING TO SEND YOU A PRIVATE EMAIL, PLEASE RESPOND THROUGH THAT.
    IF YOU HAVE NEVER USED MESSENGER, I CAN GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DOWNLOAD IT, ALONG WITH THE LINK WHERE TO GET IT.
    IT IS FAIRLY SIMPLE TO USE.

    WILL BE FORMING EMAIL IN FEW MOMENTS. IT WILL BE SENT FROM MY PRIMARY SITE, SO ALL YOU WILL HAVE TO DO IS DO A “REPLY” AND YOU WILL HAVE THE ADDRESS YOU WILL NEED TO SEND THE ADD REQUEST FOR.

    “SEE” YOU IN A FEW.

    MARANTHA

    BY THE WAY, I HAD THE HONOR OF INTERVIEWING ERIC SWETT, OF “MY WRITER’S CRAMP” THIS MORNING, THE INTERVIEW IS HERE… https://1wordywoman.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/ghost-whispers-interviews-with-the-wonderful-writers-of-wordpress-episode-2/ IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHECK IT OUT, AND HERE IS THE ONE I DID WITH JUAN VILLAGRANA, OF “THESE IMMORTAL WORDS”…. https://1wordywoman.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/ghost-whispers-interviews-with-the-writers-of-wordpress/. THEY WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHY I INTERVIEW USING THE MESSENGER.

    WISHING YOU LOADS OF BLESSINGS. WILL BE SENDING THE EMAIL SHORTLY.

    MARANTHA

  11. Came across your blog via Laura Best. The world domination by cats, already happening. We’re just too late in recognizing that. 🙂

    Home schooling works pretty well. My niece was home schooled, and now she’s an attorney.

  12. Hello, Sonia, I found you via Jenny Hansen’s blog. I am lost in admiration at all the things you manage to fit in… I love the principle of homeschooling (and am quite good at helping mine with homework and taking them on educational visits etc.), but after a few days of having them at home full-time during the holidays, I am gasping for breath and my writing has slowed down to a mere dribble. But then I probably also spend too much time online!

  13. have you used Scrivener today 🙂

    hmmm!, i bet this little buddy is great company:
    ‘one part-alien half-chihuahua’

    David in Maine USA

      1. Clearly I drag my behind on replying to comments these days. *blush* I do so love Scrivener. The corkboard and outline modes are my fav right now.

        You have great summer too. 😀

  14. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Your cat videos are funny, I may share them with some friends that are cat lovers. Some of their body movements look part alien to me. 🙂

  15. Hello Sonia, I am Ritu from the blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’. I saw that we were connected through my blog. I announced my new domain but I haven’t seen you there yet.
    Please show some love to my new blog ‘Things To Rave About’ (http://toraveabout.com) which is just BBT at a new address.
    Hoping to see you there. Thanks.
    You must have a strong willpower to work everything in your routine, I can’t even imagine how you manage it. I would have struggled hard. Kudos to you!

      1. Hi how r u doing i like your style in writing hope to be friends my name is Ahmed i’m from Iraq.In fact i’m looking for someone who can help me in writing.

  16. Cool site, Sonia. Just wanted to let you know, if you’re into the type of photography like the one in your Header, check out the Abandoned Asylums page on Facebook. It’s pretty awesome. By the way, do you have any books published and out yet? I’d like to take a look.

  17. I enjoyed reading your commentary about the writing process on https://discover.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/talking-about-goals (I even went so far to dig out the full comment on the original post)

    I have a different approach to writing than many. For me, it is all about getting my thoughts “down” (on paper) or “out” (to the web) — I actually do very little writing on paper (mostly little scribbles + notes that sort of remind me of that story in Winesburg, Ohio 😉 ).

    I want to share my thoughts, and often I also want to be able to remember thoughts I have had before. I often revisit thoughts I had just weeks ago (or maybe a few months) and then I am surprised that I had been able to write something I am now amazed by (of course I am also quite often shocked and ashamed 😐 ).

    IDK if I like your blog — but at least I have now *discovered* it (BTW: to learn more about me / my ideas, check out the video of the interview + Q&A w/ Matt Mullenweg @ WCEU last month (see wordpress.tv and/or a project I am working on called FreeZine [.org] 😉 ).

    1. Thank you so much!

      I didn’t even see a comment of mine was part of the post. I would have popped over and thanked them. Thank you for pointing it out. 🙂

      I take lots of notes as well. Little notes on my phone or on post-its. I keep notebooks for bigger entries as well. When I’m trying to sort out a story, I often do my best sorting through long note taking sessions.

      1. oops, I wrote a “new” comment by mistake (I guess that’s it, below)

        … AND I forgot to say something: I wish you had your own domain! IMO if you really want to “sign your name” to your writing, you should publish your content onto a domain name registered in your name. I think about domain names like 24/7/365 — and IMO it doesn’t need to be your personal name (indeed, if you were to use your personal name, then it aught to be *about you* — DNs are really more like “titles” than anything else).

        If you write on *someone else’s domain*, then I feel as if you are not standing behind your own words.

          1. *FASCINATING*! 😈

            LOL — I have a link on the fun love freezine homepage with WP smileys in the right sidebar, because I keep forgetting what text I have to type (and I guess it also depends on whether people set up their WP to convert them to emoticons… but I already know your blog *does* 😉 ).

            What beguiles me is *what kind of transition* you find yourself in the midst of (i.e., which change has to take place). I would love to chat about this AT LENGTH!! 😀 I would hope to learn more about why people hesitate to take the step, plunge in and actually TRUST *themselves* to follow through on their own choice, their own decision, etc. + take full ownership of their own words (which is the way I see it, but perhaps there is also another way of looking at it that is just as valid).

            I do not like linking to content where the content creator does not “own” their own words. I do have great respect for the WP community + its ethics, but this is nonetheless an issue for me. Of course: Who am I? Maybe it need not matter to you, but I do think carving out your own space is an important step in the development of an online identity. Anything subdomain or “after the slash” is not as trustworthy as someone who has “signed on the dotted line”.

            As I indicated above, I do not feel the numerical relationship needs to be 1-to-1. I actually feel it should be 1-to-many… and the many stands for the plethora of community relationships a person wishes to engage in (and/or the number of spaces they feel comfortable “putting themselves out there”). I feel it is very much like context, setting, genre, etc.

            I am very enthusiastic about this stuff and could probably go on endlessly (or at least probably much longer than you could read without going berserk 😛 ).

            1. I appreciate your entusiasm!

              For me, it’s somewhat a matter of time when it comes to switching over and managing a site on my domain. It might seem like only a little extra work, but it adds to my already intense schedule.

              When I’m talking about extra work, I mean that I’d rather build a self-hosted site under my domain than add my domain to this site thorugh WP.com.

              Really, though, the extra time isn’t a huge factor. It’s more that I don’t feel the need just yet. I enjoy articles from many different sources, some of them on WP.com, some on news sites or group blogging sites. I look more for the name of the author, rather than the particular domain.

              Still, I understand what you’re saying. When I first started blogging, I blogged under just my first name and my last initial. I was afraid to “go all in.” I came across the blog of writer who specialized in helping writers build a brand for themselves (Kristen Lamb). She pointed out how important it is to use our names. If I’d known that when I was creating my site, I would’ve put my name in the URL. In the end though, it hasn’t been a worry. And, eventually, I’ll switch.

              Also, I wanted to thank you so much for your invitation to zinesites. I’m hesitant to accept only because I don’t know how much I would be able to contribute. Sometimes it’s all I can do come up with one main post a week and a quick sharing type post (plus the ROW80 check in on Sunday). I wouldn’t want to accept, then disappoint with lack of content. 🙂

              1. haha — do you mean you would rather disappoint me *NOW* (rather than *later*)? … lulz 😉

                I really enjoy the prospect of discussing this — IDK what to answer ATM, but I like thinking about it, mulling it over, etc. and IMO there would simply need to be a space to put that. If it’s right on the kitchen counter, then it’s not so easily forgotten, put off for that rainy day that never seems to never roll around, … there’s nor nagging reminder that the issue still exists. This is also another result (whether happy or sad) of writing things down: THEY REMAIN THERE! 😀

                  1. I checked out “Kristen Lamb” on the web — I bet she’s upset that someone registerd kristenlamb.com and now redirects it to nitsrik.com (which is, btw, kirstin backwards — but I think most bots would totally not get that [even the Google geniuses 😉 ]). I totally get that kind of frustration. I don’t care much about such names. I mostly focus on words like *writing* or *story* or stuff like that. If / When people care about their own name… well, then that are mostly focusing their efforts on reaching people who already know them (or simply happen to have the same or somewhat similar names). Branding is not my rodeo, because it gets tangled up with all sorts of weird stunts and stupid games. It’s mostly “bait and switch” tactics, and not really interesting because it is all about duping people, fake news and junk like that. Social crap is quite similar, and a while back I coined the phrase “retard media” to describe the way suckers seem to fall for bells + whistles + shiny new objects. OK, I guess I am now officially going off on a tangent! 😛

                    1. Branding can definitely too commercial. Kristen’s concept of brand is more about showing who we are as writers, business folk, etc.

                      I’m not into marketing, not the usual way it’s done at any rate. Of course, I also have nothing to sell. No finished books, yet. I’ll likely feel more of a push when I do.

                      For the most part we all want to exchange our goods and/or services for currency. This is true whether we work at a fast food restaurant, construct houses, teach or write books. At some point, we all market in some way…some more appealing to me than others.

                    2. Not money (or “currency”)– money is a nothing more than a UNIT of exchange. We might thing we want something, something we don’t know much about, something we might not feel we want to think about, some mystery…. Hey — maybe *YOU* should *write* about that! 😈 LOL 😀

                    3. 😂

                      I agree about money. Of course, units of exchange are helpful when we want to trade them for other good and services.

                      Of course, money can never satisfy the deeper wants and needs we have. The need for meaningful interaction with the world. The desire to be seen and understood for who we are.

  18. For me, I mainly jot stuff down on paper that would require more effort to jot down on my laptop (and since my laptop is kind of “always on”, that’s close to never). Sometimes I talk stuff into my mobile phone (because I don’t usually carry around other writing utensils, etc.). I hate when I think about wonderful ideas and then forget them before I get them down somehow.

    I enjoy linking to “sources” — people have quite often commented how they are surprized that my links actually have something to do with what I just wrote (LOL, I guess it’s the librarian in me wanting to add that old-fashioned stuff we used to call “footnotes” 😉 ). Oh, and recently I’ve been super-keen on writing about the ethics of open source, etc. (see IMPost.org — if the site actually loads 😉 … I am going to do some “speeding up” work to improve that site).

    I like your very personable voice — and I also love the FLASH idea (though I do not view myself as a *fiction* writer — BTW: my FB profile says “the only true fiction is non-fiction” — harharhar!! 😀 ). I do write short stories sometimes, and I have this genre idea of a single-page… that you could read it while sitting on the, oh, whatever 😛 )

    1. Short fiction is great. It’s a very different art form than a novel.

      I used to put more links in my posts. I’ve gotten out of the habit. I’ll likely get back into it. I know I like to read articles that are rich in resources.

  19. I’m excited to read more, Sonia! 🙂 Please check my blog out at: anotebookonepenandme.wordpress.com. You can follow it if you like it as well. 🙂
    Thank you!

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