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-Children's Book Author-
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Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children's book author, art lover and magic seeker.
As a child, Sophia was a passionate reader and artist. When not reading or drawing, she could be found at the farm riding horses or out causing mischief with her brothers.
As an adult, Sophia is still an avid reader, art fanatic, and mischief-maker. When she’s not writing, you can find Sophia in a library, visiting schools or exploring the outdoors with her kids.
Sophia grew up in Florida, went to art school in California, and met her husband in Manhattan. She’s now enjoying life back in Florida with her family.
Sunshine State Young Reader Jr Award Shortlist 2023-24
North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee, 2023
Cybils Awards Nominee (Fiction & Nonfiction), 2022
Kentucky Association of School Librarians KBA Award (K-2) Nominee, 2022-23
South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee, 2021-22
Bookstagang Best of Nominee, 2021-22
Green Earth Book Award Honor 2020
Nile Book Award Winner 2021-22
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner, 2020
Keystone to Reading Book Award shortlist 2020-2021, Intermediate Books
Florida State Book Award Gold Medal Young Children's Literature 2019-2020
CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2020
Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award, California Reading Association
CBHL Annual Literature Award Nominee 2020
Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) Winner, 2019
Florida Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Rising Kite Award, 2018 Fiction Picture Book
Florida Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Rising Kite Award, 2017 Nonfiction
Since 2017, Sophia has helped oversee The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip Endowment for the Ecological Society of America. SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) provides opportunities for underrepresented students to participate and lead in ecology through field trips that explore the broad range of ecological research. For more, visit: www.esa.org
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Where do you live?
I am currently based in Florida. But I have lived in California and New York. As a child, I also spent months in Australia.
How do you pronounce your last name?
Like the word GOALS.
Do you have advice for anyone who wants to write?
Yes! I've written that advice on this page, HERE.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I always loved making up stories and escaping reality when I could through books. I dreamed of being a writer, but was afraid to share my words for many years. So, yes, I have always wanted to be a writer. But it took me a long time to realize I didn't have to just dream about it. With practice and courage, I could actually do it.
Who was your favorite author when you were a child?
I was a huge fan of Shel Silverstein and Madeleine L'Engle. My parents also read with me and my brothers every night. I loved that time the most. We read all sorts of things from picture books to Shakespeare and everything in between. I think stories shared with friends and family are the best kinds of stories. As an adult, I am a huge fantasy fan.
Do you like writing fiction or nonfiction most?
I try not to look at my books as nonfiction or fiction when I'm writing them. In either case, they have to be a great story first. I like to write whatever story is most exciting to me in that moment, whether it's fiction or nonfiction.
Do you ever plan to write longer books like novels?
When I began writing, I focused on longer stories. But my heart has been in picture books for many years. I love visual storytelling. To me, picture books are hardbound movies. But we'll see where my inspiration takes me. Creativity leads the way, and I just tag along.
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