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Sonja Lewis

Writer and author

Sonja Lewis has appeared on national television and radio in the US, including CNN and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Also, she has appeared on morning and evening news shows in Georgia, DC, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania and articles have been written about her in UK, US and Canada – The Voice, Canadian Free Press, Albany Herald, The Indianapolis Star and Toronto Star.

Sonja Lewis is a former newspaper journalist for The Albany Herald (Georgia, US) and has also written for The Guardian (UK). Since 2004, she has run a successful communications consultancy. She writes a weekly column for sonjalewis.com. Also, she has published two novels, The Barrenness in 2011 and The Blindsided Prophet in 2013.

She has extended experience in public sector communications with Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Red Cross, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity International, the Royal Institute for the Blind and others. She is a member of the Society of Authors and English PEN and she also provides communications support to Pocket Living. Lewis holds a BA in journalism from Valdosta State University, Georgia, USA and a MA from University of Westminster, London, England. She resides with her husband in London.

Both her novels, The Barrenness and The Blindsided Prophet, can be purchased through most online retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.com. Also, e-books are available on Smashwords, Amazon, Apple, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles and Diesel stores.

Further information about the author can also be found on her website www.sonjalewis.com.

Keeping Relationships Alive

Some relationships weather the changes and others don't, even when there is good intention. As I grasped my new reality, I couldn't help wondering why these close encounters had fizzled out. Try as I might to keep the fire stoked, albeit from a distance, I had failed dismally.
25/10/2017 11:03 BST

Live Wherever You Are

After nineteen years of living in London, I have no problem expounding on the advantages and disadvantages of being an expat, or pointing out what I like and dislike. Admittedly, life here is second nature to me nowadays, maybe even first.
30/08/2017 15:27 BST

Worrying For Nothing: Unreal!

I thought I had kicked the habit of worrying, or at least reined it in. But with all that is going on in the world, I am not so sure anymore. If I am not thinking incessantly about terrorism, war and tragic fires, I focus on loss that hits closer to home.
04/07/2017 12:56 BST

A Taste Of Travel For Teens

In one holiday, I became responsible beyond home, trustworthy, and gained a lot of credibility with Mama and ultimately my parents, too. This new status would serve me well later when I wanted to go out on dates, away for college, even move to New York.
08/06/2017 13:26 BST

Escaping A Tight Space Peacefully

The sooner I learn that space is as much about the mental as it is physical, the better off I will be. These are words that I mumbled recently upon learning that not only would my man-flu-stricken husband be working from home, where my office resides, but also that our builders would be invading my space to investigate a long-standing problem.
04/05/2017 14:40 BST

Something Within Keeping It Great

It is still a great country, as a close friend reminded me recently. I can vouch for that. But here's the thing: greatness comes with an admission of mistakes, a campaign to make reparation and the willingness to remember, if only for the purpose of avoiding previous mistakes. Moving forward, politics has to be about <em>keeping</em> America great. That's the spirit!
17/11/2016 15:32 GMT

Feeling Your Way to Gratitude

As much as I have flown over the years, especially lately, I will never get used to turbulence. Sometimes pilots can do something about it, finding some smooth air; and other times, it is well beyond their control ... there is nothing but rough air to fly through. Nothing.
19/01/2016 16:09 GMT

The Gift of Peace Is Within

Peace - a top theme during the festive season - is often thought of as the cure-all for problems on different scales, whether global, local or familiar. Understandably so, because when we achieve peace, we thrive as nations, communities, families, and individuals.
22/12/2015 16:03 GMT

Why Relationships Break Down

Relationships break down for many reasons, whether as a result of distrust, betrayal, ineffective communication or other issues. And not just romantic relationships: family relationships, friendships, business relations, and so on, can all be subject to a fallout for one reason or another.
19/11/2015 11:16 GMT

Getting Tough on Enabling

Practising tough love is ... well, tough, particularly when in difficult circumstances; at least, it is for many people in parts of my world. In other parts, exercising tough love comes a bit more easily. Some folk are more practical than others. Their mantra: if a lesson isn't taught, it can't be learned.
22/09/2015 10:44 BST

Take Care: What Does It Mean?

There is no point in waiting until the pressure has lessened to take a deep breath. To take care in the midst of anxiety often means letting go of stress. Easier said than done, isn't it? And more so for some of us than others.
18/08/2015 10:15 BST

No Time Like the Present

Unless you have somehow managed to survive underneath a stone, in a vacuum or staked out on a remote island, surely you've heard some version of the inspirational quote: 'Live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come'.
22/06/2015 17:41 BST

It's Trendy: That's the Short of Long Hair

Still, cutting one's hair is a big deal in a woman's world. A few years ago, a distant friend of mine nearly had a breakdown when her daughter cut her extraordinary long hair. And come to think of it, when a friend with the most wonderful lengthy locks got her first hair cut back in college, everyone gasped.
20/05/2015 17:22 BST

Whose Story Is It Anyhow?

There is almost always a story to be told, whether it is a private heart-to-heart with a good friend or a public release on Facebook or the like. Make no mistake about it: the latter is not my cup of tea, or coffee for that matter, but I'm probably in the minority nowadays.
24/03/2015 15:32 GMT

Putting Drama Into Perspective

Dramatic behaviour, as well as the day-to-day stresses of life, has an impact on our emotional and mental health. Recently, so wound-up after dealing with an intense personal matter, I had to detox my mind, removing myself from the Internet and the drama for at least twenty-four hours.
10/02/2015 11:42 GMT

Whatever Happens to Childhood Memories?

My husband hasn't a clue of what his earliest memory might be, and my godson, now nineteen, doesn't remember a thing about his first road trip with Auntie Sonja when he was a toddler, or even staying with us in London, without his parents, when he was about five.
22/01/2015 09:32 GMT

Breathing Through the Holidays

If you are feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, you are in good company. Having recently survived the Thanksgiving rush in the US, I am now running around London feeling the heat all over again. Several acquaintances and friends are feeling the tension, too.
18/12/2014 07:38 GMT