We had the good fortune of connecting with SONIA SCOTT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SONIA, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Well, I never thought I’d be an author.
I remember writing my first “real” article in high school. The topic was, “If you had the power to change the world, what would you change”?
I turned in my assignment and my English teacher was very impressed with what I had written. She was so impressed, that she entered my essay into a high school writer’s competition, in which, I won first place.
As I think back to her comments regarding my writing, I remember her telling me that it was hard for her to stop reading because it was so interesting. It wasn’t until after my experience through hurricane Katrina that I realized I had a story to tell.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One day, my coworker asked me to tell my experience with hurricane Katrina. As I vividly explained the events, everyone was intrigued. I found myself continuously being asked to re-tell my story. I jokingly said, “I’m going to have to write a book, and in 2012 I began to write. It was a slow process. It was difficult having to relive so many traumatic moments. Fast forward to 2019, I had completed 10 chapters, so I let a friend read my draft to get feedback. He gave me the stamp of approval, so I kept writing. Now, here we are in 2022 with an extremely interesting, but more importantly, a COMPLETE book. I am proud that I pushed through. Writing is never easy. The one thing I want the world to know is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to accomplish your goal. Keep pushing forward until you achieve it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Houston has so many interesting places, but the first place I would take them is the spa. This is one of my favorite places to visit when I need to clear my mind. I find it very helpful when I need an extra burst of inspiration. As for food, we would go to MIKE”S SEAFOOD. It’s my favorite spot! Then get some dessert in Rice Village. For entertainment, we would head down to a fancy lounge to kickback with some cocktails and live music. Houston has so many places to vibe out.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shoutout my support system of course!
My family and closest friends. I would not have completed my book if it wasn’t for all the encouraging words I received.
Image Credits Photography: Mementos Moments Bookcover: Excel Publishing