Sonya Lavette

My name is Russian and means wise, skillful one.  I'm a southern girl.  Born in Augusta Georgia.

I'm an avid reader, but I also am a published author.   I love to dance, sing, write poetry and meet interesting people.

The one thing people typically assess about me when they meet me is that I'm genuine--what you see is what you get.  I'm very down to earth.  I love good conversation and I believe in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  



1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Augusta, Georgia.  My family moved to Chicago when I was two. Growing up there was wonderful.  I had a great childhood.  My writing talent was discovered at a very young age (5) when I decided to write a story to the class during "free time".  My teacher at that time was so tickled by what I had done; she stopped the class and ordered them to allow me to read them the story.  Grade school was the catalyst for the true awareness I needed in understanding what my true purpose was in life.  Another epiphany came from my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Fowler who commented on a book report (that I really didn't want to do) "that I had a flair for writing."  It was truly a God--Aha! moment.  My soul knew that this was my gift.  

Writing comes natural to me.  Words travel through my mind like butterflies in the wind.  I just listen to what is being spoken inside of me and I just go with it.

In addition to writing, I also am a singer, poet, blogger and love to dance.

2. Describe your book Butterflies in Bronzeville in 30 words or less. 

In a nutshell, Butterflies in Bronzeville is a fun tale about long lasting friendship, love, community, and family. It is a coming of age tale that has a universal appeal.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I really didn't find this book hard to write.  The characters just spoke to me and I enjoyed listening.  I never knew what was going to come out in each chapter.  I just went with the flow.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Bible
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Up From Slavery by Frederick Douglass
The Prince by Machiavelli
The 48 Laws of Power by Mark Green
Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch
Just to name a few...

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

Marketing books takes work.  I do use social media, including my blog.  I'm also in the process of building a website and using traditional methods, such as t-shirts to advertise the book to friends, family, and any people I come in contact with. However, the greatest marketing is writing well.  A good story sells--word of mouth is still a very effective marketing tool.  I do still have a full-time job, but I plan to get out more this year and promote and market at various events geared toward writers.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

I spend time with family and friends.  I also do love to read, I love music, going to concerts,  and I like to explore.  You never know where your inspiration might come from.

7. What are you working on next?

I'm working on the sequel to Butterflies in Bronzeville.

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