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Stargate: Atlantis THE CHOSEN just hit #2 on (UK) WH Smith's Bestseller list, six months after Stargate SG-1 CITY OF THE GODS hit #6. Following the bestselling titles, The Rhesus Factor, Ark Ship, and Chimera, this is a great career high for Sonny, a photojournalist who ran dive charter yachts and adventure tours in the South Pacific

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So, who is this Sonny Whitelaw person? Back in the 1970s, to finance her stint at Sydney University Sonny worked as a photographer and commercial SCUBA diver. While writing her thesis on sea level change and global warming, she decided that sailing around the South Pacific and running adventure tours would be safer than a career as an academic. The lifestyle was ideally suited to freelance photojournalism, and Sonny’s award winning work has appeared in dozens of international publications including National Geographic. She has worked as a correspondent for a newspaper and staff writer for a magazine, and, under funding from the EU, written a virtual encyclopaedia for the Vanuatu Government. Then one evening in the late 1990s, sitting on the edge of an erupting volcano with a jug of slightly ashy margaritas in hand, Sonny allowed a couple of her friends – a volcanologist and an epidemiologist – to talk her into finishing her thesis. With the philosophy that ‘the play’s the thing’, Sonny chucked the thesis idea and instead wrote the factional eco-thriller, The Rhesus Factor. The galley alarmed an Australian MP sufficiently to cite it in the Queensland State Parliament. Somewhere between moving to Australia and submitting Rhesus to publishers, Sonny wrote the SF novel, Ark Ship. The Rhesus Factor picked up a Draco Award for Excellence in Science Fiction and was published in early 2005. Ark Ship quickly became something of a best seller as an e-book, and was also released as a paperback in 2005. Meanwhile, Sonny received an offer too good to pass up, to write a novel based on a hit MGMs hit television series, Stargate SG-1. Nine months later Stargate SG-1 CITY OF THE GODS was born. Sonny is currently working on a fourth Stargate novel, and an ecothriller based in Queensland, Australia.

Birth Place
Sydney,  Australia

Degree in anthropology and geomorphology, commercial charter yacht skipper, Kodak award for excellence in photography, LiFE award for The Rhesus Factor, 2004 Draco Award for Excellence in Science Fiction. She considers her most important achievement to be winning two separate confrontations with two Vanuatu Prime Ministers over cetacean capture legislation. Marine mammals are now protected under Vanuatu law.

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For their sins, Sonny’s friends have appeared in her novel, Chimera. The margaritas, however, have not. Hint: Don't mention the television series Survivor Vanuatu to Sonny. She and her husband were (in fact her husband still is) the exclusive dive and sail boat operators to this area for more than 20 years. Questions about the authenticity of the show will invariably result in Sonny falling onto the floor and laughing hysterically. For more info, see Sonny's Events pages.

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