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Sonia Christine Illner (nee Hofer-Fessele) is a true American girl with truly German ties. Her parents are both natives of Germany (Stuttgart and Frankfurt) and much of her family still lives in Germany. Until she was three years old she spoke German, after which, according to her mother, she refused to do so. Raised in Atlanta, GA she made her way to Washington, DC to study Criminal and Civil Justice at The American University. Only after graduating and working as a paralegal did an interest in her German heritage become awakened. In 1996 she attended the Goethe-Institut in Freiburg for four months, but (in all honesty) enjoyed the culture more than the language.
Heading back home to Atlanta, she worked for two years as a marketing and public relations professional when she met her husband who happened to be German. A year and a half after they met in Atlanta, they were starting a new life together in Stuttgart.
After living and working for 10 years in Germany and Switzerland, she began her blog WhoMovedMyGin in the summer of 2010. As it should be, her husband did again move her gin (and kin) to Toronto at the end August 2010. When not running after her first-grader and pre-schooler, writing, running, pottery and yoga are keeping her sane, along with a G&T on a summer’s evening.
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