Interview with Sonnjea Blackwell

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of my favorite authors, Janet Evanovich, said something along the lines of "BEING a writer is fun. Actually WRITING is very hard work." I agree wholeheartedly. The greatest joy for me is simply telling a fun and funny story. I want to make people laugh, and when I feel like I've succeeded at that, I consider it a very good day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Merced, California and it greatly influenced my writing in the sense that, from as young as I can remember, I imagined living somewhere else. Anywhere else. Really. Any. Where.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I live in a rather old house (middle-aged by East Coast standards, new by European standards, but ANCIENT by California standards), and although I wouldn't claim it's haunted exactly, weird stuff sometimes happens. Like every once in awhile, I hear noises that can only be described as old people bowling in the attic. (Because old people bowling sounds way different from youngsters bowling). Also, occasionally the washing machine turns itself on. And sometimes I get a very strong whiff of grandma perfume.

These paranormal/easily-explained-away-by-rational-laws-of-physics phenomena prompted the idea to base a novel on the relationship between a new home owner and the ghost who built the house and never left.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching improv comedy to absolutely anyone who will let me. Including my dog.
Describe your desk
My desk is like my brain - somewhere between moderately organized and utter chaos. I have a notebook open at all times for jotting brilliant ideas (still waiting for that to happen), grocery lists and the optimal dimensions for Facebook cover photos (315 x 851 pixels, fyi). My favorite fat Cross pen that my friend Lisa gave me for Christmas one year rests on the notebook. Yellow pads with outlines of story ideas and improv class notes get piled in the corner, and next to those are a list of thank you cards I need to write, my flight details for an upcoming trip to San Francisco and a reminder not to forget to pay my quarterly taxes. Again. Sigh. Family photos live under the glass top (did I mention it's a fancy-schmancy Ikea desk?) Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is hanging out here too, along with a wooden sign reading "My friends have made the story of my life." And of course, my laptop and ever-present tumbler of tropical passion iced tea are front and center.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's another chance to get it right. I may or may not succeed, but I'm not f*ing up the chance by staying in bed all day!
Published 2014-09-16.
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Books by This Author

Ghost of a Chance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,280. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Evan Marconi's new roommate Dace wants her to help him solve a murder, which would be difficult enough for a woman whose skills are limited to cooking a mean hollandaise sauce and sorting library books. Throw in the fact that Dace is a ghost, and the murder he wants help solving is his own, and Evan is up to her eyeballs in trouble.
Home Free
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
When her marriage goes belly up and Alex Jordan finds herself back in her hometown of Minter, she figures the worst she’ll have to deal with is the fixer-upper house she’s stuck with and the unending disapproval of her mother. Instead, her brother and her high school crush end up on the wrong end of a murder investigation, and the only way Alex can help them is to team up with a convicted felon.
Killer Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,880. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Destiny DeGraff thought all she’d have to worry about on her 30th birthday was a few gray hairs. Instead, on the run from an assassin hired by her husband, she lands in Hope Springs, where she innocently uncovers a decades-old mystery and not so innocently gets involved with the two most eligible men in town. As the bodies pile up, the odds of Destiny seeing her 31st birthday seem sketchy at best.