My name’s Sophia Bennett, and I write about girls discovering their inner power. Sometimes they’re fashion designers, sometimes they’re Victorian servants, and sometimes they’re spies. They’re always a lot braver than they know, and I love it when they finally figure that out.
I’m inspired by creativity, courage and kindness – so I explore the worlds of artists, musicians and adventurers who change the world. If you like tucking yourself under a blanket with a hot chocolate and a book and reading way past your bedtime, then my books are for you.
Since I won the Times/Chicken House competition in 2009 with Threads they’ve been published around the world, from Germany to Brazil and Japan. (Japan. Seriously. Isn’t that amazing? I have a great imagination but I never imagined that.) When I’m not writing them, I tend to be at home in London with my family, travelling to schools talking about writing, or teaching budding writers. I’m also the proud winner of the RONA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017 for Love Song.
I possibly spend too much time wondering what it’s like to be a designer, or a model, or a reality TV reject, or to accidentally stow away on a superyacht, end up on a billionaire’s private island and try to save a whole country from an evil dictator, or to pose for a Pre-Raphaelite painter. Luckily, that’s my job.
And this is me in Waterstones Piccadilly, talking about some of the books I read growing up. From Nancy Drew to Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – are any of your favourites here too?