The Day Sonny

The Day Sonny Died

Over the past few months, we’ve had a few frequently asked questions. So, we wanted to answer them here. In case you’ve read the book and been wondering the same things.

Are you working on your next book?

No, right now we’re focusing on spreading the message of this one.

We feel it speaks to the craziness we see in our culture and we’ve seen God begin to heal hearts with readers. We want to be good stewards of this message and work to help it reach as many people as possible.

What’s With the Cover Images?

We love this question! Because the graphics are another example of God’s grace through this entire process. We held a design contest and a Sudanese artist living in London submitted the artwork. She hadn’t even read the book!

Another thing we love is that the cover speaks to people in different ways.

Readers comments range from the search for identity to the concept that Sonny represents every man. To us, the rocking chair near the target signifies the peace that Constance clings to despite the curse that haunts her family.

Do you have a hashtag?

Yes, our hashtag is: #TDSD

Why Did You Write This Book?

M. Simone Boyd

M. Simone Boyd

In 2012, I was working as an energy analyst in D.C and was summoned for jury duty. The case was fairly straightforward: a young woman was being tried for drug possession, an unregistered fire arm and other charges.

But when the police arrested her, her nine-month-old son was in the car with the drugs, gun and her boyfriend. It made me so sad to see her living in survival mode. During the trial, it came out that she was in an abusive relationship. And the drugs may have even belonged to her boyfriend.  But I just felt such empathy and started asking myself questions.

  • Where was her family?
  • What circumstance led to this life?
  • Where would her son be in 15 years?

Her face never left me and every time I tried to tell someone about the story…I just started crying. So, I started writing about where I thought her son would be in 15 years.

Onnie I. Kirk Jr.

My Dad – Onnie I. Kirk Jr.

A couple years into writing The Day Sonny Died, I reached out to my dad and asked if he’d like to join me.

I think the Lord laid it on my heart, because he’s been mentoring boys from fatherless homes for 25 years. Many of the boys he’s mentored share Sonny’s story.

Is There a Discount for Bulk Orders?

Yes! For bulk orders (10 books or more), there is a discount. Email us at: thedaysonnydied@gmail.com for more information and processing.

How can I keep in touch with y’all?

The best way to keep in touch with us is to subscribe here. We’ll send out periodic updates, resources we think will help your relationships thrive and a few of Onnie’s videos on the importance of being intentional.

Could y’all come and speak to my group?

Yes! We’ve taken an organic approach to spreading this message and we love sharing with groups.

We even have some resources (a study guide, evite language, hints for planning etc.) to help facilitate the process. To schedule a discussion group email us at thedaysonnydied@gmail.com  and include:

  • Two proposed dates
  • Location, City and State
  • And a description of your group (i.e. Friends, Bible Study, Social Workers Association etc.)

For groups outside of the Nashville area, we ask that you consider a 30 book minimum bulk order. It would help us to offset the cost of travel.

However, we never want money to be a factor.

So, if you can’t swing the minimum book order email us. Between us, you and the Good Lord…we’ll work something out.

Do You Have Some Info I Could Take to My Book Club?

Yes, attached below is a one-page information sheet about The Day Sonny DiedIt includes:

  • a brief description of the story
  • short bios for M. Simone Boyd & Onnie I. Kirk Jr.
  •  and highlights the wounds often found in the fatherless

One-Page Information Sheet: The Day Sonny Died 

For Family and Fatherhood,
Onnie I. Kirk Jr. &
M. Simone Boyd