Interview with SPFBO Author Sonya Black

Write on: Sat, 27 Jul 2019 by  in Archive Read 2866

Welcome to! Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, son, and two kitties, one of whom masquerades as a playful demon. I enjoy reading books in a wide range of genres and takes my inspiration from fairy tales, folklore, myths and legends. When I'm not writing, I can be found exploring alternate worlds via video games, enjoying my garden, and spending time with my family.

What book did you enter SPFBO with, and is it your debut?

A Sea of Broken Glass and no, it's not my debut.

Tell us a few things about it. What should the Judge you'll be allocated to, expect from it?

A Sea of Broken Glass is a flintlock fantasy set in a dark world where a fallen goddess unleashed a curse. It's fast-paced and has a unique magic system that incorporates music and the elements. Shapeshifting paladins, a fallen goddess, and a healer who is handy with a pistol, what's not to love?

You'll compete against 299 other books. Do you believe your book will stand out against the competition, and if yes, why?

I hope so. But as to why? I'll let you and the judges decide :-D


Money? There's money hidden somewhere!?

Editor's Note: Always is.

Why did you decide to enter SPFBO in the first place?

I entered in SPFBO 3 and loved it. It was a wonderful experience and I met some amazing authors. I didn't have a book ready last year or I would have entered then as well.

Are you working on a book right now? What should we expect from you next?

I have a couple of books I'm working on. The sequel to A Sea of Broken Glass and a Japanese-inspired flintlock fantasy. I'm hoping to release both of the next year.

Anything else you would like to add? A message to the other contestants, the Judges, or Mark Lawrence himself?

This is an amazing opportunity and I'm grateful to Mark and all of the judges for the time and effort they put into this competition.

What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

African or European?

Editor's Note: Thanks for joining us, Sonya, and we wish you the very best of luck over the coming months! 

Filip Magnus

Filip picked up his first fantasy novel when he was seven and hasn’t stopped reading since. A critical reader who judges novels on their technical use of language and plot alike, he has a soft spot for literary fiction and tragic, heroic tales.

In his free time, Filip writes fiction, makes gaming reviews on YouTube, and maintains a personal blog. All that when he’s not too busy going through piles of books in as short a time as possible.