Book: Sophie And The Shadow
Q1. Hello Ma’am, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.
I am Georgia, 25 year’s old and a life-long Londoner.
I’ve always loved writing. I was the type of little kid who wound up writing story ideas on napkins with crayon, or on my arm with permanent marker because inspiration struck when I was out, and I didn’t have a notebook and biro on me.
I fostered this love for reading by attending Bath Spa University, where I graduated with a degree in creative writing, and a completed draft of my first short story – Sophie and the Shadow. Since then, I have started work as an editorial assistant for a series of science journals in London, where I continue to spend my evenings writing stories about fantastical worlds and magical children.
Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Sophie and the Shadow’ book?
The main challenge of Sophie and the Shadow was the editing. Because picture books are so short, it was really hard to edit, without overworking it and winding up second guessing whatever I wrote. Luckily, I had a few really good friends who were willing to look it over for me, and make sure I took a step back when I started to nit-pick too much.
Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?
Ironically, I was certain that I didn’t want to be a children’s author. I wanted to be a writer, sure, but I had always been more interested in writing the story than figuring out the age range and genre. I wasn’t writing books for children; I was just writing books.
Then one of my Uni courses required us to write a series of children’s books, aimed at different age ranges. To my surprise, I fell in love, and the very first draft of Sophie and the Shadow was born.
Q4. What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
I absolutely love visiting Oxford. I have friends who live in the area, so I travel there often, and I think that it is just a beautiful city. It is also, coincidently the home of one of my favourite authors, Phillip Pullman who I had the opportunity to meet!
Q5. For which age group your book is suitable?
Sophie and the Shadow is aimed at ages 3-4, but it is suitable for all ages.
Q6. How did you come up with Sophie’s character who doesn’t like her shadow at first?
As a child, I always worried that I didn’t quite fit in. It felt a lot like everyone else had an instruction manual inside their heads, and I never got those instructions. With Sophie and the Shadow, I really wanted to create a real sense of someone who was different, but whose differences were necessarily a bad thing.
At the end of the book, Sophie’s shadow is still shy, and won’t play like the other shadows do. But Sophie and the shadow have come to terms with each other and found a middle ground. Sophie has accepted the limitations of her shadow, and the shadow has become brave enough that they don’t ned to cling to Sophie quite so closely.
Q7. On what all platforms readers can find ‘Sophie and the Shadow’ book to buy?
My book can be found on Amazon and, of course, The Austin Macauley (publishers) website. It can also be found online on a variety of bookstores, including WHSmith, Blackwells, and Waterstones.
Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Sophie and the Shadow’?
The first ‘novel’ I ever tried to write I wrote when I was about nine. It was very much cribbed from The Little Mermaid, but the important thing is that I wrote it on holiday, with the help of my younger cousin, Sophie. For about a year after, every time my aunt called, my cousin asked for an update on how the mermaid story was going. (Which I sadly never actually finished writing. Sorry Sophie).
While I’d always loved writing, that was very much what cemented my goal to be a writer and I really wanted to acknowledge that with my first book. So, the title is in many ways a thank you to my cousin, (and an apology for the mermaid story…)
Q9. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?
I know it sounds really obvious, but I would say just let children read what they like, without judgement. Nothing kills a love of reading faster than trying to make a kid read what you consider ‘appropriate’. I mean, obviously, don’t let your toddler read something filled with violence and drugs. But if they want to read above their age, or even under their age because those are the books they love, then let them do it. Forcing them to read certain genres, or certain age ranges because you think those books are more suitable, will only make a child reject reading entirely.
Q10. What does literary success look like to you?
To me, literary success would be my books having a positive impact on someone. Some of my favourite books as a kid are still with me today, even though I have outgrown them. Knowing that my books had the same impact on someone else would be the absolute height of success to me.
Book Is Available On Amazon