As an author, Tonya’s moved by the effect humor and inspirational driven narratives can have on readers. That observation illuminates why her prose often conveys high-minded messages, which invites exploration. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of snappy humor, and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page.

When Tonya relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she found fresh writing ideas waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to scribe her first novel, “Old Mountain Cassie” came calling. And from her beach chair, the idea for the new cozy series, Shell Isle Mysteries presented. Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate writers. Now she chases her writing joy from the mountains to the seashore.

Tonya seeks quiet at undiscovered coffee shops, and always, always takes “The Road Less Traveled.” (F. Scott Peck)

Her fiction and non-fiction stories are published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She chooses to write using different pen surnames but remains true to her given name, Tonya. “Let Sleeping Baubles Lie” introduces the first book in the Shell Isle Mystery Series.