Sofiya Pasternack

Sofiya Pasternack

Sofiya Pasternack is a psychotherapist, an author, and a prolific baker. She grew up surrounded by goats, and as an adult pets the neighbor's goats through the fence even though she probably shouldn't. When she’s not working at the hospital, she can be found enjoying Utah’s wild places, teaching her kids to make challah, and defending nice dragons.



Anya and the Dragon (HMH 9/24/19)

Anya and the Nightingale (HMH 11/1/20)

Awards and Memberships


  • SWFA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)
  • SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
  • LUW (League of Utah Writers)



  • The Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Middle Grade (ANYA AND THE DRAGON, 2019)

Related Experience

Guest Speaker

  • South Jordan Public Library Inklings teen writers group, various topics (summer 2018)
  • Battle Creek Middle School, St. Paul MN, "All Writing Is Good Writing" (10/3/19)
  • The Ancona School, Chicago IL, author Q&A (10/4/19)
  • PS32 Samuel Mills Sprole School, Brooklyn NY, author Q&A (10/7/19)
  • The McGillis School, Salt Lake City UT, "All Writing Is Good Writing" (11/15/19)
  • Pasadena Jewish Temple, via Zoom, author Q&A (7/10/20)


  • Life, the Universe, and Everything Writing Conference (2017, 2018, 2020)

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