Sonia Day is a well-known writer, painter and plant buff who is moving on to new challenges.

Her first novel, called Deer Eyes, made its debut in May, 2014. It’s a fast-paced adventure/romance about a deer hunter and the sophisticated city woman he meets.

Her seven previous non-fiction books and opinionated gardening columns in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, have gained her a wide audience of fans (and a few hate emails). She is also well-known speaker at events like Canada Blooms and has won several writing awards. Her most recent: Best Book of the Year from the U.S-based Garden Writers’ Association, for The Untamed Garden; and Silver at the Canadian Cookbook Awards in November, 2011, for Incredible Edibles.

She is a painter, too – when she has the time – and did the watercolour on the cover of Deer Eyes. Her large acrylic paintings are in the City of Toronto’s permanent art collection. She has sold hundreds of her small watercolours to private buyers and corporate customers like the Royal Bank.

Sonia currently lives on 48 acres in rural Ontario with her partner, a black cat and a funny-looking pooch called Ollie. She maintains a huge garden there but is thinking of downsizing to somewhere smaller (and more manageable!) soon.

She considers growing big fat globe artichokes in Canada’s difficult climate to be her greatest gardening achievement. Her homegrown garlic is also in high demand!

Her fave flowers all begin with a P. Poppies, Peonies (she has a huge collection) and a wildly colourful Petunia called Pretty Much Picasso.

Pet loves: people who laugh a lot and love life’s adventures. Pet hates: eco-evangelists with no sense of humour.

Watch a short video of Sonia’s country garden at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jv7u-bN8N0