• Sofiya Pasternack is a mental health professional, the highly-distractible author of Jewish MG and YA fantasy, and prone to oversharing gross medical stories. She enjoys speaking to crowds about writing and mental health. She does not enjoy running but she does it anyway. She is actually a gremlin in a bad wig.

    Her debut novel ANYA AND THE DRAGON won the Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Middle Grade, and her follow-up ANYA AND THE NIGHTINGALE won the STBA Honor for Middle Grade, was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and was selected as a BookRiot Best Children’s Book of 2020! BLACK BIRD, BLUE ROAD, her next book about death and desserts, will release September 20, 2022!


  • I love educating, whether it’s about history, psychology, the writing process, or how to bake awesome challah! Check out my speaker profile for more information!

    I have a series on YouTube called Character Therapy, where I use real psychotherapy techniques to develop amazing characters!

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