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Sonia Orchard

Author, Journalist

Sonia Orchard is a freelance writer and author with a background in classical music, marine biology, teaching (music and environmental education), cooking and scuba-diving instruction.

Where were you born?

I was born and grew up in Melbourne. In my twenties I took off and travelled through thirty-odd countries and worked in America, Europe, Malaysia, the Bahamas, around Australia, and at sea as well as on land, only to realise that Melbourne’s a pretty darn good place to live.

What other jobs have you had?

As a freelance writer, I’ve written for a range of magazines and publications, including The Age and Lonely Planet.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Something More Wonderful hit third on the bestseller list for biography, and The Virtuoso received The Indie award (Independent Bookseller Association) for best Debut Fiction for 2009.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have a PhD in Creative Writing from RMIT, where I teach in the Professional Writing and Editing Diploma. I live in Melbourne with my hubby, two young daughters and our dog.

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