Sophie was born in Melbourne. After studying music and classics at Melbourne University, she moved to Oxford to write a doctoral thesis on Ancient Greek music theory. She meant to return to Australia after three years, but that was nearly twenty years ago.
During a spare year in Berlin, she started writing for children, which was what she wanted to do in the first place. Her favourite childhood books were When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, The Plum Rain Scroll by Ruth Manly, lots of things by Joan Aiken, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
She lives in Oxford with her husband and two children and wishes that the cricket were on the television. On days when writing isn’t going well, she eats chocolate, cheats at the crossword online, and plays the piano. When the children were very little, she thought that she should learn to bake and ate a lot of disgusting cake. Now that the children are old enough to be sarcastic, she is learning the viola instead of baking, practices when the house is empty, and buys cake.← Previous Next →