* 1st Place, Gold Medal in "Autobiography/Memoir E-Lit Awards 2012/13
* 2nd Place, Silver Medal in "Travel Essay" category E-Lit Awards 2012/13
"Sonia Marsh and her family give new meaning to the term "flipping out!" Sombreros off to them for showing us the roads less traveled can often be the most rewarding -- even when our trips don't go as planned." - Franz Wisner, New York Times bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother and How the World Makes Love
"If you're dreaming of escaping to a tropical island, or to any foreign land, don't miss Sonia Marsh's candid and vivid recounting of the ups and downs of life abroad. Part adventure tale, part romance, part family saga and part travel guide, Freeways to Flip-Flops is a memoir that reads like a novel."-Lan Sluder (Easy Belize, Fodor's Belize, Living Abroad in Belize)
"In her revealing memoir, Sonia Marsh invites us along as she and her family leave the Southern California rat race for what they hope will be a more satisfying existence in Belize. Sonia and her family bounce between disillusionment and joy as they learn that island life is more complicated than anticipated. In the end, Sonia realizes that paradise isn't a place - it's a state of mind. I loved the story and Sonia's courage in telling it."-Susan Pohlman, author of Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought our Family Home
From the Author
Once there, I sent e-mails to friends in Europe and the U.S., and they encouraged me to keep writing and said, "Wow, Sonia, your life is so much more exciting than my daily routine. Please keep writing."
The challenge was to turn my journal into a memoir.
After numerous rewrites and professional edits, I finally finished a memoir which many say, "It reads like a movie."
My dream would be to see our modern-day "Swiss Family Robinson" adventure, turned into a movie.