Sonja is a native of Miller County, Georgia. She graduated as valedictorian from Bethel School of Colquitt, Georgia. Sonja earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. Later, after attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, she received her teaching certificate from the state of Florida. Additionally, Sonja completed graduate studies at the University of West Florida in Pensacola and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. As an educator, she taught English in the Continuing Education Program for Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Virginia. After returning to Florida, Sonja taught Business English at CareerCom School of Business in Jacksonville.
Sonja is a multitalented writer whose literary works have intrigued audiences for the past several years. She writes plays, songs, essays, speeches, short stories, and poetry. Her poems entitled "Foolish, Bold Prejudice" and "Operator, Get Me Jesus" have been published in anthologies. For two consecutive years, 1994 and 1995, Sonja received the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry which was presented by the National Library of Poetry. Her poem, "The Church in the 'Hood," is a favorite among family and friends. She has often been applauded for her inspirational speaking and her gospel plays which include "Nobody, but Jesus."
Although Santa Spent the Night with Me is Sonja's first book, she is currently working on another children's book.
In addition to writing, her hobby is traveling with her husband, Lewis. They have traveled extensively throughout the United States and to Canada, Mexico, Israel, and Europe. Sonja currently lives with her husband in Dallas, Georgia.