After college, and leaving what I thought would be my career as a Neuroscientist, I felt lost for a long time. I started doing scientific illustration (which I will spare you, because gross), which then lead me to children's book illustration.
It's a very weird field, with more drawbacks than you would think, but while working in it I wrote 2 (never published) books. Sonya was one of my main characters, and very much a reaction to how overwhelmed and lost I was feeling in my own life.
She decides to buy a mail-order robot friend, but he arrives without a heart (heart not included kind of deal). In the process of gathering the expertise and parts to build it, she meets lots of other nerds who share her interests in robotics.
For a while I looked back at Sonya and her friends and was embarrassed, but enough time has passed that now I'm thoroughly charmed by her world and the insane amount of meticulous research and illustration I did to create this book. I'm proud of her and this chapter in my life where I was trying to care for myself while figuring out who I wanted to be in the world. Sonya definitely helped, even if she only lives on my bookshelf.
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