Ask the Author: Sofiya Pasternack


What would you like readers to know about you? 

I’m a big dork! I love goats, baking, and fantasy. My real adult job is as a psychotherapist, and I love getting into the nitty-gritty about where writing and psychology come together.  


What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

ANYA AND THE DRAGON is a middle grade historical fantasy about an 11-year-old Jewish girl in 10th Century Russia who must team up with the village idiot to save the world’s last dragon. 


What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

My inspiration for it was to take my two favorite fairy tales and smash them together. I really wanted to include the folklore that most people aren’t familiar with and include them so they can get some love! 


What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

I really liked the chapters where Anya is teaching Ivan how to bake bread. I love baking and I love teaching people how to bake, so this chapter was pretty indulgent of me. I’m so happy it got to stay! 


What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

I really loved Bruce Coville as a kid. His books were fantasies that started in the regular world, and they were what first got me thinking that, hey, magic might happen to me at any moment. Plus, we have the same birthday, so that’s probably a sign or something. 


What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Never give up! Never surrender! Writing is like any other talent. You have to practice! No one can pick up a violin and expect to sound amazing the first time playing it, but I feel like so many writers believe they should write something groundbreaking their first time writing. Write more, read more, work on your craft, make writer friends, keep writing, and you’ll write that breathtaking prose you always dreamed of! 

My book is available everywhere books are sold, but buying from your local indie bookstore is the best option! You can find indies that carry it here:

My social media is @sofipasternack pretty much everywhere! 

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