About Sophie

I was brought up in Leicester and Scotland. Following an MA in Medieval History at St Andrews University, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had a busy career in London and then the East Midlands working in international finance. In that time I met my husband and settled in Derby. I then took a career break to have a family. Three gorgeous boys followed and I went back to work part-time whilst caring for my children and developing my interest in writing and storytelling.

I trained as a traditional oral storyteller. I "tell" and perform stories now (under the name Sophie Snell) for all ages - fairy tales, folk tales, myths and legends - I sing a little too (not that I'd claim to sing well, but it works with the stories...). It's a life I adore - entertaining all ages and travelling around to some amazing venues. In 2013, I was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence as Outstanding Female Storyteller. You can see my work as a storyteller on my website www.sophiesnell.co.uk. 

I also write. Writing novels was something I'd hoped to do all my life, but life kind of got in the way. Until the storytelling brought me back to my love of written words as well as spoken. After a few stops and starts, two years ago, I got stuck in to what has now become Cuckoo.

Cuckoo is a gothic psychological thriller. It won me the Bath Novel Award 2017 and also the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Award 2017. Cuckoo is to be published by Avon at Harper Collins on 29th November 2018. A second book will follow later in 2019 and I am currently working on that.
My literary agent is Laura Williams at Greene & Heaton.

I now live in rural Derbyshire with my husband and growing teenage boys. The house is filled with books, music, steaming piles of sports kit and we have a menagerie of various animals. I enjoy gardening, painting and making jam - can't really explain that one - perhaps it's the peace of sitting at the window in the kitchen prepping fruit and admiring the hillside views! I'm part of an amazing writer's group we call #Doomsbury and meeting up for food and chat is always a pleasure.