Sophie was brought up in Leicester and Scotland. Following an MA
in Medieval History
at St Andrews University
, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had a busy career in London and the East Midlands working in international finance. For a few years she also worked in New York, Germany, France and even jetted about the Far East. She then met her husband and settled in Derby. Three boys followed and she took a career break to care for them. Returning to work part-time, she was a non-executive director for the Derbyshire Building Society whilst developing her interest in writing and storytelling.
Sophie trained as a traditional oral storyteller. She now "tells" and performs stories (under the name Sophie Snell)
for all ages - fairy tales, folk tales, myths and legends. She sings a little too. It's a life she adores, entertaining all ages and travelling around to some amazing venues. In 2013, Sophie was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence
as Outstanding Female Storyteller.
You can find out more about her work as a storyteller on her website www.sophiesnell.co.uk.
"Writing novels was something I'd hoped to do all my life, but for a while life kind of got in the way. Until I started organising arts events and booked a storyteller. I loved how she mesmerised her grown-up audience with traditional tales. I trained with several high-profile storytellers and got the bug for performing myself. I was nominated for a couple of awards at the Buxton Festival Fringe in 2010, including New Writing, and this brought me back to my love of the written word as well as spoken. After a few stops and starts, I got stuck in to what became Cuckoo."Cuckoo
is a gothic psychological thriller. It won Sophie the Bath Novel Award 2017
and also the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Award 2017
was published by Avon
at Harper Collins
in 2018. It was selected as a Fern Britton Pick
in conjunction with Tesco's, and reached the No 1
spot on the Bookseller's Heatseekers chart
Her second book, Magpie, is a domestic suspense / mystery, also set in Derbyshire. It was released in 2019. After its first three days on sale, it went straight to the No 1 spot on the Bookseller's Heatseekers chart, and by its first full week of sales also hit the No 10 spot in the Bookseller's Mass Market Fiction chart and No 11 in the Sunday Times Paperback Fiction chart.
Sophie lives with her family in Derbyshire, in a house filled with books, music, and steaming piles of sports kit (think three teenage sons). They also have a menagerie of various animals. Apart from work, she enjoys gardening, painting and writing the odd poem - mainly the light-hearted humorous kind. [Sophie won the Ripley Poetry Award 2009.]
"During lockdown my Dad and I exchanged poems by email and I helped him self-publish his own collection in 2021. It was a project that kept us both sane! I live in a very rural spot surrounded by green hills and gentle rolling fields. There is a sense of peace in sitting in the kitchen and admiring the views, or watching the mist drift past the windows. It's a good way to ponder twisty stories. I'm also part of an amazing writer's group we call #Doomsbury and meeting up for food and chat is always a pleasure."
Sophie still works as an oral storyteller and is currently working on her next novel.