Email Amy: BelovedScribe@gmail.com
Twitter: @AmySondova (for updates on both blogs and humorous Tweets about whatever)
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Amy Sondova is a writer specializing in media writing, including interviews and reviews, as well as blogging. Having interviewed over a gazillion of the top musicians, writers, and speakers in the Christian media, Amy has also written countless columns, reviews, and articles on various topics including mental illness, self-injury, working with teenagers, and Christianity. She is currently very involved with her church, her ministry The Share Beauty Project (ShareBeautyProject.com) her newly renamed blog, SheIsBeloved.com, and a regular contributor to FaithReboot.com. She lives with BFF Sarah and has a shih tzu named Maddy and a cockatiel named Kylie.
AMY ON HERSELF
First and foremost, I’m in a love relationship with God, who continues to inspire and captivate me. No, I’m not a nun, and yes, I might want to get married (you know, after a couple of dates). Besides being a Christ-follower, I am also a friend, pet owner, and daughter, titles which provides me comfort in the darkest of times and joy in the happiest.
Secondly, I’m an writer, specializing in journalism. My dream is to get a writing gig as a columnist as well as publish a book that is so great it ends up in second-hand shops for years to come. I blame these ambitions on humor columnist Dave Barry and Christian writer Philip Yancey, whose writings has been especially meaningful to me. There’s also Reese Roper, the former front man of Five Iron Frenzy and Jeff the Girl (also of FIF) who allowed me to interview them repeatedly for my ‘zines as a teenager.
Then I fell in love with teenagers–unintentionally. After working with the church youth group for a year, I learned about the unique struggles that plague teenage girls. Seeing as they were offered little help, I went to seminary, got my M.A., and worked briefly as a therapist. After a few life changes (during which I learned to knit scarves and hats, bead, and worked with a youth ministry website), I felt called to move ahead and forge my own path with Backseat Writer after discovering the popularity of my personal blog, Atypical Musings (which is now defunct).
I live with my best friend, Sarah (known as “BFF Sarah” on BSW), who is the dearest friend I’ve ever known. She tolerates my love of birds, even allowing me to own a cockatiel named Kylie, as well as the two canines that romp around our apartment–Maddy and Cassie. Fueling my passion for photography, Sarah also purchased my beloved digital camera for me one Christmas (plus she patiently takes photos of me when my hair looks great). The coolest thing about Sarah is her capacity give generously to those in need.
Oh, and I’m suffer from mental illness, including moderate-to-severe depression and anxiety, as well as a bunch of other stuff that my therapist wrote in my chart. Sometimes I feel like my mental illness diminishes me, but I’m tired of hiding it away in shame. I’m sick. I take meds and go to therapy…and you’d never know it if we met face to face.
*I enjoy collecting unusual pens, magnets, pins, and bumper stickers. I also have a magical creatures collection featuring faeries, mermaids, gnomes, and one unicorn. Clearly, I need more unicorns.
*I love books! I adore the shape, the feel, the smell of paper. I will examine the cover, the thickness of the pages, the binding, and so on when I get a finished copy of a book. I squeal in delight when books have deckled edges. Maybe I have an unhealthy addiction to books, but at least it’s legal. (I also voraciously enter book giveaways to acquire more literature.)
*Digital music and e-books make me sad. I mean, I love being able to download books and music instantly. However, I enjoy album booklets (and yes, I read THE WHOLE THING, including the “thanks.” In fact, the dedications are my favorite parts, after the lyrics) and cover art. Digital just isn’t the same. I almost always prefer a hard copy, even though I love my iPod Touch and my Kindle.
*My secret wish is to host my own radio show, even though I’ve been told I have a “weird” voice. Maybe I can get that weirdness to work for me.
*I secretly hope people will send me items from my Amazon.com wish list.
*”M*A*S*H” is my all-time favorite T.V. show. I also enjoy “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “The Middle,” re-runs of “The Golden Girls” and all those wacky shows on TLC. I dig documentaries…a lot. I begrudgingly admit that watching “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” with BFF Sarah is a secretly enjoyable.
*My favorite colors are green and pink, but I also love brown and gray.
*Just Born, the candy company, is in neighboring town of Bethlehem, PA, so the Peeps mobile is always in our local parades. But Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs are my favorite Easter candy.
*I would rather be in Chincoteague Island, VA or Friday Harbor, WA then any other place in the world.
*The best concerts I ever went to: Phil Keaggy on guitar, my beloved Five Iron Frenzy’s first concert on their farewell tour, Bob Dylan with Natalie Merchant, and of course, Larry Norman.
*My all-time favorite songs are “If I Stand” by Rich Mullins, “Every New Day” by Five Iron Frenzy, “Beloved” by Derek Webb, “Hanging On” by Everyday Sunday, “Let It Be” and “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “I Am A Servant” by Larry Norman, “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan, “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek, “For the Moments I Feel Faint” by Relient K, “Take the Pieces” by The Wreckers, “Taylor the Latte Boy” by Kristin Chenoweth, “Red Sky” by Brandon Heath, “Savior, Please” by Josh Wilson, “The Hammer Holds” by Bebo Norman, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival, “In My Room” and “Sloop John B” by the Beach Boys,”You Belong to Me” by Grey Holiday and, of course, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy.
0 thoughts on “Meet Amy”
Thanks to Google Alert Technology, I found your blog. Thanks for your kind words about my book, Living with Questions. I appreciate it. It totally made my day!
I came across your post “Don’t End up Speechless” and was wondering if I may repost it (with credits) or link to it on my blog?
Sure, go ahead and repost it with credits. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wrote it when I was working on my undergraduate degree for a journalism class. You just made my day! 🙂
I was wondering if you would take a look at my website and give me some feedback on what we are trying to do. I think what we are doing is close to your heart from the looks of your previous posts. http://www.fringeconversations.com
hello! i luv your site, and I’m glad to meet another Christian blogger! stop by mine @ http://scripture4u.wordpress.com
Keep in the Faith!!
not to mention I’m an old goat(56)and greatfully so.there are many things I am greatful for 1) i’m 56,2)i’m married 28 years this march. 3)I have been sober by the Grace of God 17 years on 12/17/2007.There are many more reasons I’m greatful for.
I just googled the word ‘beautiful’ to look at photos of beautiful ladies and feel sad about not being one of them, sweet and feminine. Guess what, your blog was nro.1 link and surprisingly I found you had written down my thoughts! I guess we do need to feel beautiful, especially for that one special person. I’m sure you also wrote down the feelings of many other women, there are more of us out there. Maybe we should pray God to show us the truth, how He sees us and perhaps He could send someone hitting the lamp post while walking because he can’t get his eyes off you! I really connected with what you wrote, I’m pleased you said it all out loud. Take care now, Jesus with you sister in Christ.
P.S You are shining beautiful
Larry Norman?! So random! I love him, too! You should have been at his concert at Cornerstone Festival a few years ago. In fact, you should go to C-stone. I forgot about Five Iron. We took our youth group to see “Ska Mania”, I think it was called- with Five Iron, Supertones, and one other band. I loved it! Weird… I went to all those classes with you and never knew all this info. about you!!! We would have had a lot to chat about!
Also found you via Google.
You met Reese Roper?! Awesome.
Half of the world met Reese Roper! And Reese would be the first to tell you that he’s a big dork. 🙂
Phil Keaggy is incredible in concert. I’ve seen him a number of times both with his band and by himself on the acoustic. Both are great. Best experience was having dinner with him when I was doing sound for On Loan and they opened for him. Nice guy and humble as well.
I wanna eat food with Phil Keaggy. 🙂
I love how you’ve described yourself. and I’ve looked thru some of your blog and have to say I like it. keep it up!!! and I hope all the goals you’re aiming for, come true!!! 🙂
checkout my blog if you fancy:
Thank you, Tasha! I will definitely go check out your blog cuz I do fancy! 🙂
Amy, I found you through a music review and it looks like are common souls (though I am probably old enough to be your dad). I am a photographer by profession. I’ve thrown a link to your site onto mine. (Check out the right hand column.) I am just starting to write reviews. By the way, how do you get folks to send you stuff free?
Kirk Jordan http://woodbetween.blogspot.com
oops mised the word “we” in the first sentence.
Hola. Stumbled upon you blog and fell in love! Just wanted to say hi!
Awww, thank you, Crissa and Kirk! Love to have new readers, especially lovely ones like you! 🙂
Hi Amy! Not sure if you’ll see this where it lands, but I figured this was the most appropriate place to say:
Thank you!!! Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog; you made my day! And thank you for entering my candy – good luck to you!
Love your enterprising way of using technology, your personality and your God-given gifts!!
You go, girl!
I’m checking in to see if you received your copy of my book, where your Phoenix poem resides.
Let me know if not and if you prefer paperback or ereader.