Sonya Todorova was born in 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She studied in a German language school and graduated from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia. After five years of academic research at the Vienna University of Technology, she was awarded a doctoral degree in Advanced Geodesy.
All along, Sonya Todorova enjoyed writing short stories. Since 2010, she has been working as a freelance translator and is a contributing writer for the Bulgarian magazine “Jenata Dnes” (“The Woman of Today”). Her first book, “A Concise and Practical Guide to Survival for Families with Small Children and Others in Sofia” (Colibri, 2015), is a humorous, yet sharp social study of present-day life in her hometown and was nominated for the Outstanding Cultural Achievement Award of Sofia Municipality. Her debut novel, “Adi Landau’s Pearls”, was published in March, 2016. It was nominated for the 2016 “Helikon” Book Award for New Bulgarian Prose and shortlisted for the 2016 “Peroto” Award for Contribution to the Bulgarian Literary Context.
Sonya lives in Vienna with her family and is currently working on a collection of short stories.