Sonja Yoerg

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in Burlington, VT, The United States
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I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor and a history teacher. In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats. I wrote a book about that. Now I make stuff up.

I've published several novels, including TRUE PLACES, a Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. Yeah, typing that makes me smile because reaching readers is the point, right? My upcoming release, THE FAMILY SHIP, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Watch for it on February 23, 2021.

When I'm not writing or pretending to be writing, I run, garden, cook, eat, drink wine, then run some more. My husband and I live in central Virginia with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's quiet a
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Richard Recommendations...best book I've read this year is Wild by Cheryl Strayed...


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Sonja Yoerg Kevin wrote: "Congrats on the Penguin gig. I am envious :-)"

Thanks, Kevin. It was a long journey (still is!) and I feel extremely lucky.


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Kevin Cole Congrats on the Penguin gig. I am envious :-)


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Jim Goforth Salutations Sonja, how's things?


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Sonja Yoerg Sophia wrote: "Hi Sonja!

Glad to touch base with you on GR too."


Nice to see you over here! Feel free to recommend your favorites to me.


Sophia Hi Sonja!

Glad to touch base with you on GR too.


Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen Thanks for the friend-vite Sonja!! Can't wait to discuss books and reviews! xo


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Sonja Yoerg My pleasure! I look forward to learning about what you like to read.


Catherine Stine Hi, Sonja, thanks for friending me. Catherine Stine aka Kitsy Clare


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