Sophia was born into an army family, which meant her childhood was spent travelling. She continued the trend as a languages student, traipsing round more European cities than Anne Hathaway has worn Oscar dresses. Many more, in fact.
She would have loved to be an artist, fashion designer, or the lady who does costumes for Jane Austen films. However, not being able to draw or sew very well made those careers unlikely. Instead, she got a PhD in Italian literature, and worked as everything from a tour guide to a management consultant with McKinsey. Eventually, after ten years of trying to write fiction for grown-ups between jobs, she tried her hand at a children's story she'd been thinking about for years, and won the Times/Chicken House Fiction Competition in 2009 with her debut novel, Threads, which went on to be an international success. Since then she has published four further books with Chicken House, with another one on the way, and has written for The Times and the Guardian.
Sophia now gets to live out all her fantasy careers through her books. When she's not writing, she visits schools, festivals and writing events to talk about it, and to inspire students to do it too.
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