Here she is! The talented, flawless do-it-all, friend and organizer of the Escaping the Mafia Anthology. Sonya created the SIX-STEP plot, then has effortlessly woven each book into the finale: Six Deadly Steps. (They are all standalone with an HEA)
Six Deadly Steps
About Sonya Jesus
Sonya’s a nerd—a cool nerd—who loves science, books, make-up and unicorns. She even has unicorn slippers and unicorn plushes adorn her office. It’s not an obsession (or so she says), it’s simply an ode to her imaginative side. Storytelling has been her passion since her youth, but her family believes it’s more than that.
Though she’s fun-loving, complex-minded, and heart-driven, her philosophy on life is quite simple: Shit happens. Keep going.
When asked to elaborate, she said, “Believing in yourself is probably one of the hardest things to do, but look in the mirror. You’re still standing. That’s strength. Don’t underestimate yourself.”
Sonya also believes in fairytales and in the beautiful things a mind can conjure. She’s a firm believer in empowering the crazy fictional ideas, putting them down on paper, and letting them flourish into a story.
“There’s so much potential in a dream… a thought… not exploring it seems like such a waste of something absolutely beautiful.”
Questions & Answers
- What was the simplest romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
A link to a video that explained how much I meant to him.
- What was the hardest scene you’ve ever written?
In “Nothing Changes.” The whole book, actually, because it was inspired by a true-story.
- Who’s your favorite character? Why?
Hawk. I love the way his head thinks and how he’s always a few steps ahead of everyone else. He keeps me on my toes.
- Tease me with the sexiest quote from one of your books.
Now I need to go look them up, but probably from the Damaged Love series about Callan and Dee.
“I hold on to whatever restraint I have left, as she comes closer. Closer. Too Close. Any closer and she’s going to push me off the edge.”
Or this one from Brutal and Raw, which is a little bit of light in a dark book.
“His lips on mine are not pillows or heaven, not soft or kind, but consuming. Breath, will, resignation—all easily convert to passion at his wordless command. No words. Just strangled breaths between kisses. My lips quake form the force, and my knees bend as he relentlessly draws my nothings from the depths of my soul and makes me something—his.”
- If you could, how would you help the Indie Writers Community?
Telling them the stuff I did wrong.
- Why did you choose your genre?
Combining love and psychos comes naturally. <<Laughs awkwardly>> As awful as that sounds, it’s true. Plotting murder and digging into the villain’s psyche is my favourite part. I’ve always been intrigued with books I couldn’t put down. There’s the thrill that comes with the unknown, and I love criminal psychology and interpretation of body language. It definitely throws my family for a loop because I’m all about the positive-vibes and be-a-unicorn life.
- What was the first romance novel you read?
Oh… This is a hard one. I want to say RL Stine used to have to some love and vampire ones, but the genre would be a bit different. So Danielle Steele or Mary Higgins Clark? To be honest, I don’t remember which one. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart is one of my favourite stories, not romantic, but it’s probably the one I remember the most.
- Name one song that always makes your writing playlist.
Maluma. Corazon. Badoxa. Controla.