(For my adult novels, click here for www.sjbennettbooks.com)
My name’s Sophia Bennett, and I have written a series of novels (and one non-fiction book) about girls discovering their inner power. Sometimes they’re fashion designers or models, 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, China and Japan. (China and 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.
… Or at least it used to be, until I started my new series. In 2020 I became a crime writer for adults, based on a story idea I’d been working on for a couple of years. Now that series, too, has been sold around the world and I spend too much time wondering what it would be like to be Queen Elizabeth II if she was a secret detective. You can read more about all that here.
Links to articles, interviews and videos
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?
Here’s a link to another video I did for a school who asked me questions about my writing life. If you want to know what it looks like in the shed (answer, messy – very messy) check it out.
An interview with Arianne at The Paper Alchemist, talking about art, history and writing the Ophelia series.
And here’s the first interview I did about being a published author, talking to Amanda Craig of The Times, for Threads.