Sonia Hayesis the author of the teen series, “The ATL Girlz.” Her novels, “Ms. Thang”, “Urban Goddess” and “Eye Candy”, have been coined as realistic and inspirational fiction by Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and was included on the 2009 Suggested Reading List. The series has garnered the attention of a host of national organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YWCA and Girl Scouts of America, to name a few. Teachers across the country are delighted when their students are tearing through her books.Hayes’ career has spanned the worlds of professional modeling, acting and freelance writing. She has also served as a national Spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. She is now dedicating her time to serving youth and mentors at-risk teens and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hayes received a B.A. in mass communications with minors in French and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from National University in La Jolla, California.