* Sonia Koso grew up in the eccentricity-filled piney woods of North East Texas. She has been writing since an early age and considers it her first love. After receiving a B.A. in English Writing, her life took a drastic turn and she went to law school. Sonia practiced law for over a decade but was drawn back to writing in 2012. Sonia's stories feature strong women, good-looking guys, legal dilemmas and a dose of humor. Smart Blondes borrows many characters from her childhood as well as her legal career.
* Sonia does most of her writing at her condo in Austin’s hip SOCO district. It’s in walking distance from landmarks including Lady Bird Lake, the Continental Club, and the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. When not writing, Sonia divides her time between the live music of Austin and the sunshine of Boca Raton. She loves Tex-Mex food, blue water, cocktails and good friends. Sonia often dreams of a man who can do his own laundry and a walk-in closet with a chandelier…but not necessarily in that order.
What is your favorite quote and why?
* I have a quote from Madeline Albright at the bottom of my web page: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Early in my career, I worked under managers who were “mean girls.” They managed via fear and did not want other women to get ahead. It was miserable and disappointing. I believe that if women worked together, we could solve most of society’s problems.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
* In Austin, there’s a local chain called Amy’s Ice Cream. I swear I can gain a pound if I walk slowly past one of their stores. I’ve never had an Amy’s flavor I didn’t like but I’m especially fond of their chocolate ice cream with junior mints crushed in it.
Which mythological creature are you most like?
* In Greek mythology, Metis was a Titan goddess known for developing strategy. I share with her the impulse to think things through and attempt to develop a plan of action.
What are four things you can’t live without?
* My iphone, my sonicare toothbrush, chocolate and something (pen, pencil, laptop –I don’t care) to write with.
What is your favorite television show?
* Mad Men. I love how it depicts the time period. The characters have a great deal of depth and keep evolving…and Jon Hamm is, well, Jon Hamm.
*** About Sonia Koso’s book… ***
* A crew of ladies spanning three generations realize it’s up to them to help Carrie get her life out of the ditch. Known as the “Presbyterian Mafia,” these are not sweet old gals. They have a book club that never reads, a garden club that doesn’t garden, and a bible study class that gossips about the Methodists. They’re known around town for antics including catfights, car chases and Voodoo rituals. The women enlist Carrie’s former childhood best friend Portia (now a lawyer) and her flamboyant cousin Eric (recently returned from New York) in their effort.
* While dealing with the after-effects of her imprudent gunplay and managing a hair color disaster, Carrie meets Rhett Richards. He’s an attractive oil field worker who can make women think un-Christian thoughts by the mere act of wearing a pair of tight wranglers. Carrie soon learns that hometowns can be the perfect places to bury old scandals and create new ones.
* The Texas Chili Parlor was two blocks from Deane’s condo. On the short walk over, she explained that when the legislature was in session, it was very popular with politicians.
* “Many laws have been drafted and many alliances forged chili and beer at the Parlor,” Deane said. “It’s also a haven for locals who don’t jive with all the skinny jean wearing hipsters moving to town.”
* Deane walked them past a couple of motorcycles parked out front and opened the door to the mostly neon-lit establishment. She was immediately met by a man sitting on a stool at the end of the bar. He was wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt Famous bar in Cozumel and frayed cargo shorts and had a head of coarse hair the color of hay.
* “Deane!” He said, standing up to hug her. Deane kissed him on the cheek. “Oh no,” he said. “I want the real thing,” and proceeded to kiss her square on the lips.
* “Now James, I’m here with home folks. You don’t want to ruin my reputation.”
* The man smiled and vacated his seat, offering it to Deane.
* “James, this is Carrie and Eric,” Deane said. “Carrie, Eric, my friend James Roberts.”
* Pep, the bartender, who was sporting a long salt-and pepper goatee, came over. He had a pink drink ready and handed it to Deane.
* “What can I get you folks?” he asked.
* “Pep,” Deane purred. “These two need Drew drinks. Badly”
* “Rough day?” he asked, eyeing Carrie’s still slightly red eyes.
* “All work and no play,” Deane said, taking a sip of the drink.
* “What is that?” Eric asked, eyeing the slightly pink concoction.
* “It’s vodka, cranberry, soda, a little lime and more vodka,” Pep responded as his deft hands assembled the mixture.
* “Good starter,” James said. “But Deane needs a shot.”
* Eric and Carrie stared at each other. Who knew Deane Linley did shots?
* “James, you know that shooting liquor leads to shooting pool,” Deane said with a wink. “And I’d feel bad about taking all your money again.”
* “That’s a good point. I’m still smarting from our last game.”
* Carrie and Eric looked at each other again. Who knew Deane could play pool? And who would’ve guessed she might be good at it? Was the Chili Parlor the portal to an alternate universe?
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