Biography for What My Mother Doesn't Know

Simon and Schuster

Before becoming a writer, Sonya Sones taught animation, worked as a photographer, and edited movies. Her first book, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won a Christopher Award, the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award, and the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award. It was also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

Ms. Sones says, "In Stop Pretending, which is autobiographical, there are some poems about my first love. I had such a good time writing about those first feelings of overwhelming passion that I knew I wanted to delve into them more deeply. That's why I wrote this book. These poems are definitely not autobiographical. Especially not the embarrassing ones."

Ms. Sones lives with her family in California. She can be reached at