Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Plain Jane by Sonia Ashby

Welcome to Author Sonia Ashby!


Sonia Ashby is the author of Plain Jane which was her first novel. She has been in the field of education for seventeen years. Sonia attended the University of Utah where she earned a degree in psychology and elementary education. She received her Masters of Education from Utah State University. With her husband and three children, Sonia lives near Salt Lake City, Utah where she feels very ‘Plain Jane’ herself from time to time. Visit Sonia’s Web site at


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?  
I would choose mind reading.  Most of the time, I feel like I read what people are thinking fairly well, but it would be nice to confirm my predictions.  When I went to the Downtown Farmers’ Market with my girlfriend once, she said more than one guy had checked me out.  I didn’t see that nor did I really believe her, so mind reading would have come in handy to verify what she said.  It could also allow me to help law enforcement, lawyers, and judges know who is telling the truth.  On the other hand, we all think some really mean thought from time to time, and that talent could blow up in my face.  No one wants their super powers to drive them to seek counseling. 

Any other books in the works?  Goals for future projects?
 I have a handful of chapters written for a sequel to “Plain Jane.”  The title, as of right now, is “Chance.”  I thought I would write this one straight through from beginning to end, but I have already started out like I did with “Plain Jane” by jumping around.  I have the first couple of chapters written, one near the end, and the ending chapter.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?  
I loved the Anne of Green Gables series.  The PBS version of the movie got me hooked and then I read the books and fell in love with the characters all over again.  I love strong female characters especially ones that have the Ugly Duckling Syndrome.

What is your favorite Quote?  

“The answer to life, the universe, and everything else is 42,” which is from Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series. 

Hidden talent?  
I like to pick up things with my toes.  It is much more fun to snag things with my toes rather than bending down to pick things up even though with my four foot eleven height I am rather close to the ground.

Favorite Food?  
I love Italian pastas, German Weisswurst with red cabbage, and Liebkuchen (German spice cookies).

What was your favorite children’s book?  

“Are You My Mother” for a picture book.  I struggled with reading in first grade and the school had me go to summer school.  The only thing I remember about that experience is making my own version of the book, and discovering books were fun.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?  

“Twilight” because after reading the first three books over labor day weekend a few years ago I realized how much I had missed reading for enjoyment since graduating from college and starting my family.  I have never read and then reread a book before.  I have to admit that I probably read them about 20 times.  After reading them numerous times, I thought about Stephenie Meyer writing down her story from an idea that came to her in a dream and I decided I could write a story I had been kicking around for years.

What’s your favorite season/weather?  
I love early fall when the leaves are changing and the mountains look like an explosion of color.  The colors remind me of beautiful sunsets and snuggling up with a good book in front of a warm fireplace.  The smell of crisp, fallen leaves and wood burning fireplaces add to the beauty of the season.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?  

Shannon Hale – we seem to have similar senses of humor.  Her books are fun, clean, and there is always some romance in them too. 

Plain Jane by Sonia Ashby:

How many times can a girl hear, I think you re cute, but let s just be friends? Guys either think Jane Harris is Plain Jane or cute, and she never knows if by cute they mean cute like your little sister is cute or something else. Once people take the time to get to know her, they find out there are many layers to her. Jane is sarcastic, spunky, and a little bit on the obsessive side. She also makes you wonder how one person’s hard wiring can be so messed up when it comes to relationships.

Giveaway Details:
2 copies of Plain Jane
Open to US Only
Ends 6/14

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