SM: Sonya A. McKinzie is a 15-year and second-generation survivor of domestic violence and advocates for domestic violence victims and survivors. She is a single mother of a remarkable 6-year old princess. As the founder and executive director or Women of Virtue Transitional Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, charitable and humanitarian organization that advocates for survivors/victims of abuse and acts to spread awareness about bullying, domestic and teen violence prevention she strives to make a difference in their lives. Further she works to empower girls and women to live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. Sonya holds a MA in Human Services Counseling with a focus in addictions and recovery, BA in Business Management and is a certified victims advocate. She has authored four books of which one was a co-authoring project. She is the creator and founder of the Blog Daily Journeys – Women of Virtue – Darkskinisbeautiful (The name was born through her challenges and struggles with being taunted for her dark skin. The same skin she has come to love and embrace). She is also the creator of the facebook group ThriveHer: Women that walk confidently and spiritually from surviving to thriving. The group is an extension of her November 2017 book release.
SM: Thrive-Her: Women That Walk Confidently and Spiritually from Surviving to Thriving was created based on the foundation of her spiritual walk with God and her past. I think most readers will find the book real, relatable, spiritually defining and uplifting. This project will help readers unmask their trials, hard-knock life experiences, and secrets while being comfortable and transparent in doing so.
BBB: What other books have you written?
SM: I have written Heaven Rain on me, Perfectly Imperfect, co-authored a chapter in the anthology “Soul Source” and my latest book ThriveHer of which three of the books have been best sellers.
BBB: How did you come up with the idea for your book cover?
SM: I had a photo shoot earlier last year and some of the pictures displayed a complete sense of confidence, beauty and regality. When the photographer showed me the picture, I thought “Who is she” and “Is this really me”? After choosing to use the picture, I chose to use a purple orchid in the background, which is my favorite color and flower. Purple is defined as regal, respectable and royalty and purple is the known color for domestic violence awareness – with all these things in mind – the cover was born.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
SM: I am currently working on two projects, one is a compilation of my poems and haikus and the other is a book of guiding words and messages – uplifting and powerful.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
SM: Readers visit my web site, blog and follow my social media pages which are located below:
Web site: http://www.perfectly-imperfect-womenofvirtue.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThriveHer2017
Facebook Organization Page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenofVirtueTransitionalFoundation