Sondra Sykes Meek is originally from Florida but has lived in several locations in the United States and abroad. She is a wife and mother of two, a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, and a Cyber Security Project Manager in the Defense Industry. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has several stories in various stages of progress. She hopes to write full-time one day, but for now she writes in the spare, quiet moments of her life.
Sondra wrote and published Model Marine: A Novel to reveal the courage and sacrifices of Marines and their families. She wanted to offer people another kind of hero: someone who is not supernatural, immortal, or from the future. Although the events of this story are fiction, the setting and characters are influenced by Sondra’s experiences as a Marine. The narrative is as authentic as it can be without excluding civilian readers. The book spotlights the sacrifices all Marines and their families make in service to our country. However, the protagonist is a female Marine named Molly Monroe, named after a Marine Corps icon, “Molly Marine.” This is especially relevant now, as 2018 marks 100 years since the first woman joined the United States Marine Corps.
Sondra hopes all readers will enjoy this emotional journey of love, loss, and sacrifice. There are real heroes hidden in these pages. Sondra invites you to meet them, love them, and remember them.