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Meet Sophia Gholz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophia Gholz.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always loved to write and tell stories. As a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer one day. But it took me a long time to figure out how to get there. Intimidated and lacking confidence, I tried telling stories through other media platforms for many years. It wasn’t until I reached adulthood that I eventually worked up enough courage to pursue writing. I began with small online classes about ten or twelve years ago. As I focused on really learning the craft of storytelling through words, I also began to discover my own voice and style. Which, despite originally thinking I would write adult novels, is how I came into writing books for children and young readers. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Has it been a smooth road? Ha! Does that even exist? My writing journey has definitely had a lot of ups and downs. But that’s what makes for a good adventure and for learning. You have to fall in order to know how to rise. Even now, multiple books later, I am sure there will be highs and lows and many more bumps in the road. 

I would say, however, that my greatest obstacle in writing was myself. I had to learn to get over my fear and anxiety–to accept that failure was a possibility and to just be okay with that. It takes a lot to put yourself out there and to be open to critique. I admire the vulnerability and bravery of other creatives the most. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an award-winning children’s book author, music lover, magic seeker, and avid reader. I enjoy writing fiction with humor and heart. When writing nonfiction, I often pull on my love of science and my family background in ecology. Since 2017, I have helped oversee the Henry L. Gholz seeds National Field Trip Endowment for The Ecological Society of America, funding ecological field experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. Previously, I worked as an advertising copywriter and made a career working with visual artists in New York City. 

My debut book, The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng, was an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Green Earth Honor Book, a Nile Delta Book Award winner, a South Carolina Book Award nominee, and the Florida State Book Award gold medal winner. My second title, is Jack Horner, Dinosaur Hunter! features the story of a legendary paleontologist (and Jurassic Park inspiration) Jack Horner, and was a Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award nominee. My most recent releases include: This is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross, Bug on the Rug (my fiction debut!), and A History of Toilet Paper (And Other Potty Tools). There are more books coming, but I can’t share those details yet. Stay tuned! 

When I’m not writing from my home in Florida, you can find me reading, visiting schools or exploring the outdoors with my family. 

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in north central Florida and was a wild child! I loved being outside, playing with my brothers and my friends, and hanging out with the horses at the barn where I spent most of my time. I have always loved to create. Most of all, however, I have always loved to laugh and to explore the world around me. 

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