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Sofiya Pasternack

Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of fantasy for kids, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories. She's the author of Sydney Taylor Book Honor ANYA AND THE DRAGON (HMH 2019), and ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE (HMH 2020).


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Ask Sofiya whatever burning questions you can come up with!

Sofiya Pasternack

30 Minute Program

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Magic

What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

How to Plot a Story (Without Totally Losing It!)

Do you want to write a story, but then you look at the GIGANTIC task of plotting out that whole thing, and you say, "Never mind!" Well, fear no more! Learn how plotting can be fun!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

Turning History Into Fantasy

Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!

Sofiya Pasternack

30 Minute Program

Find Your Voice!

For serious authors working on the intangible and sought-after voice! What is voice, and how do we develop one? (Hint: lots of practice!)

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

All Writing Is Good Writing!

What ways can writing fiction help you with writing for school, for work, and beyond? Um IN EVERY WAY! Learn about how your brain can't tell the difference between dragons and dissertations!

Sofiya Pasternack

45 Minute Program

Some cool facts about Sofiya:

  1. She grew up on a farm in Florida where her mom rescued abandoned goats.
  2. She joined the United States Air Force at 18 and traveled around the world as a translator and medical provider.
  3. She once got trapped inside an abandoned mine in California, and barely escaped with her life! (Okay, she was fine, but what if there had been a cave goblin??)

From talking to her camera for YouTube videos, to giving mission briefings to military leadership, to chatting with teen writers at her local libraries, Sofiya has always been comfortable speaking to small or large groups of people on basically any topic she's handed. Her passion truly lies in using her extensive experiences and education to encourage kids to achieve great things (and also to eat their vegetables)!

Sofiya is the honor-winning author of middle grade historical fantasies ANYA AND THE DRAGON and ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE. She loves gardening, cooking, baking, and hollering about the importance of mental health. She lives in an ancient dried up inland sea with her spouse, kids, and a mutt puppy named Sansa Bark.

Check out Sofiya online:

Anya and the Nightingale

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Anya and the Dragon

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