Sonya Mukherjee grew up in California’s Gold Country and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two kids. A former editor at book publishers, websites, and magazines ranging from Dirt Rider to The Future of Children, she loves coffee, bookstores, rainy days, watching her kids’ soccer games, and planning elaborate itineraries for future vacations. She has a particular fondness for books that are made out of paper.
Sonya’s debut novel, GEMINI (Simon & Schuster, Summer 2016, is a Young adult contemporary. It is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old conjoined twins at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin needs to untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be herself.
- Favorite book growing up: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis.
- Childhood aspiration: Astronomer or astrologer. She understood the difference, but at the time, she thought they both sounded pretty great.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: In the morning, at any nearby coffee shop.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travel, go for long walks, play board games, watch movies.
- Favorite sports teams: Her kids’ soccer teams.
- Surprising personal fact: For the whole year that she was six, her family lived in a one-room cabin with no electricity or running water. She read the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books by kerosene.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Getting to connect with the wonderful kidlit community — and dreaming of connecting with readers through the shared experience of stories.
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