A little info:

I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, a wonderful place to be a child. I earned a Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and published a nonfiction book about animal intelligence, Clever as a Fox (Bloomsbury USA, 2001). I now live with my husband near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. 

More info:

I'm a first-generation American, raised in Stowe, Vermont. My father taught skiing and tennis. My mother had been a school teacher and encouraged my sister, my brother and me to read and read and read. It stuck.

As a teenager, I waitressed at the Trapp Family Lodge to earn my college tuition. Maria Von Trapp gave me a cuckoo clock for my sixteenth birthday!

I earned my B.S. in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and my Ph.D. in Biological Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.

(Learn more about my career in animal behavior and about my book on animal intelligence, CLEVER AS A FOX. )

I started writing full-time when my daughters were heading to college. My husband and I recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area (the setting for my debut novel) to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The background photo for this website is the view from our new property. It's a lot like Vermont. We have been remodeling a 1920s farmhouse, and I've posted some photos here.

TRUE PLACES is my latest novel, and a Washington Post and International bestseller.

My debut novel, HOUSE BROKEN, was released in January 2015, followed by MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE in September 2015, and ALL THE BEST PEOPLE in May 2017.

Links to my other writing can be found here.

A few interviews and guest posts:

Interview by B.A. Wilson
Interview by Karen's Korner Blog
She Reads Guest Post: How Life Inspires Fiction
Huffington Post (Brandi M. Granett): Interview with Sonja Yoerg: All the Best People

Photo by Tamara Hattersly Photograhy

Photo by Tamara Hattersly Photograhy

An infant hyena showing me some love.

An infant hyena showing me some love.