Sonnjea Blackwell

Biography

I grew up thinking I'd be a writer someday. I spent a lot of time not being a writer while I waited for someday to arrive. Finally, on the plane ride home from New York after my sister’s wedding, I decided it was time to start writing. I waited till we landed, then went to work as a “real” writer.

Turns out, being a real writer comes with petty annoyances like real writer’s block and a perpetual lack of real financial security. So I started writing web content to deal with the financial security issue. And I discovered improv comedy as a means of alleviating the writer’s block.

Luckily, I live in southern California, where everybody and their grandma wants to be an actor, so improv classes are easy to come by. I studied with Held2gether, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and The Second City. Pretty soon I was performing, and then I started teaching improv to anyone who would sit still long enough to let me. I’ve also written for, performed with and directed the sketch comedy troupes 3 Square: the series and Held2gether - the Series.

Now it’s hard to say which is more important to me, writing or improv, but it doesn’t matter anymore because in my world one can’t exist without the other. My world is pretty awesome.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Sonnjea Blackwell online

Website: http://sonnjea.com
Twitter: Sonnjea
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Books

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
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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.

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