As an author, Tonya is passionate about storytelling and fascinated by the influence it has on people and the decisions they make in life. She likes plunging spirit-first into the creation of each new story. She feels a strong commitment to preserving the foundation set by message-driven literature, and adapting her narrative to contemporary themes.
She is enthusiastic about crafting stories filled with beguiling characters, dashes of snappy humor, and engaging dialogue. Often her stories convey powerful insights that invite reflection and exploration by her readers.
When Tonya moved to the mountains, she found fresh writing inspiration waiting, as she gazed at a tranquil lake from her favorite porch rocker. She seeks quiet at undiscovered coffee houses and cherishes midnight walks on secluded beaches.
Both Tonya’s fiction and non-fiction stories have been published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She writes novels under the pen name Tonya Penrose.
She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.
"A Secret Gift"
Release November 2020
"Red, White, and Boom"
Shell Isle Mystery Series
Release Winter 2021
Find Tonya listed in the Poets and Writers Directory.