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My name’s Sophia, and I write about girls discovering their inner power. Sometimes they’re fashion designers, sometimes they’re would-be pop stars and sometimes they’re spies. They’re always a lot braver than they know, and I love it when they finally figure that out.

Since I won the Times/Chicken House competition in 2009 my books have been published around the world, from Germany to Brazil and Japan. When I’m not writing them, I tend to be at home in London with my family, or travelling around the place, talking about writing. (More about that here … ) As a writing teacher, I have been a visiting lecturer in writing for children at City University and City Lit, and a Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

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Sophia Bennett Hi Sophie. Interesting question! I tend to pour over my books for months, so I'm generally happy with them by the end. I always include lots of themes…moreHi Sophie. Interesting question! I tend to pour over my books for months, so I'm generally happy with them by the end. I always include lots of themes that I'm passionate about, and I'm pleased to get the chance to share them with my readers. I don't think there's anything I regret writing, apart from maybe one word in Threads, that I wasn't happy with anyway, and that sadly put off some people from recommending it. (Literally one word! Augh!) The ending of The Look was originally slightly different, and I think I still prefer my original version. There was less of a love story element to it, and I liked that. But I also like the little love story I have. As for things I haven't written about ... well, I tend to think that I haven't written about them YET. Hopefully there will be more books, and more opportunities. I still feel as though I have a lot to say. (less)
Sophia Bennett Hi Nisarga. I'm so glad that's the effect The Look had on you! Every book I write is about female empowerment in some way. It's what inspires me. Girl…moreHi Nisarga. I'm so glad that's the effect The Look had on you! Every book I write is about female empowerment in some way. It's what inspires me. Girls all over the world need the confidence to know that they can choose a powerful path in life. We should adapt the way we look to please ourselves and nobody else. Nina, in Love Song, does this - and discovers her inner confidence is the most attractive thing about her. I hope you enjoy reading her story too. Sophia xxx(less)
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So you want to write – my first ABBA blog is up

I’m a member of the Scattered Authors Society, and they run a blog about all aspects of children’s books and writing for children, called the Awfully Big Blog Adventure. I’ve just written my first blog post for them, and funnily enough … it’s all about the writing tips I’ve learned over the last few years of teaching. Here it is: So you want to write – by Sophia Bennett.


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"Really enjoyed this book, I am not particularly interested in reading about modelling but this book isn’t just about the fashion world. It has far more depth, the teenagers are believable and whilst they have problems like any other teenagers they ar" Read more of this review »
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“I think I'm supposed to "take a sad song and make it better," but that's beyond my musical ability”
Sophia Bennett, The Look

“It's funny how you can share a flat with someone and still miss them so much.”
Sophia Bennett, The Look

“He's leaning in towards me. He's looking at my lips. They've probably got hot chocolate foam on them or something, but I can't seem to move any of my muscles to wipe it off.”
Sophia Bennett, The Look

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

“If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!”
Jackie Collins

“Competence means keeping your head in a crisis, sticking with a task even when it seems hopeless, and improvising good solutions to tough problems when every second counts. It encompasses ingenuity, determination and being prepared for anything.

Astronauts have these qualities not because we’re smarter than everyone else (though let’s face it, you do need a certain amount of intellectual horsepower to be able to fix a toilet). It’s because we are taught to view the world—and ourselves—differently. My shorthand for it is “thinking like an astronaut.” But you don’t have to go to space to learn to do that.

It’s mostly a matter of changing your perspective.”
Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

“In any new situation, whether it involves an elevator or a rocket ship, you will almost certainly be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. Or as a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn't tip the balance one way or the other. Or you'll be seen as a plus one: someone who actively adds value. Everyone wants to be a plus one, of course. But proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees you'll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to the table or how you actually perform.”
Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

“There are enough negative forces in this world—don’t let the pessimistic voice that lives inside you get away with that stuff, too. That voice is NOT a good roommate.”
Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet

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