About Sophie Masson

Sophie Masson has published more than fifty novels internationally since 1990, mainly for children and young adults. A bilingual French and English speaker, raised mostly in Australia, she has a master’s degree in French and English literature. Sophie's new e-book on authorship, By the Book: Tips of the Trade for Writers, is available at Australian Society of Authors.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass
  • Dream Come True: Bringing a Great Classic Back to Life
  • Literary gender shape shifting
  • How Much Has Changed in 13 Years
  • On Not Giving Up
  • On Stage: Talking about Writing
  • Unlocking the Story-Box
  • Today’s Challenge: Staying Published
  • Poetry for Children
  • The Art and Craft of Retelling Traditional Tales
  • Gift of a Good Fairy
  • Crowdfunding a Literary Project

  • Review of James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass

    Recently I was approached by the people from Masterclass, a brand new online learning hub which features courses in different areas of the arts and sport, taught by world-famous masters of their craft–such as Dustin Hoffman for acting, Serena Williams for tennis–and James Patterson for writing. Masterclass asked if, as an experienced author, I’d be interested […]

    Dream Come True: Bringing a Great Classic Back to Life

    The changes in the publishing industry in recent times can seem really daunting and, like most writers, there are times when I’ve thought dark thoughts about just what the future might hold. But if there are many challenges in the new landscape of publishing, there are also great new opportunities. The rise of self-publishing is […]

    Literary gender shape shifting

    The idea that you can only write from the viewpoint of your own age group, background, sex, species, or even experiences, seemed absurd and restrictive to me even as a kid. What room was there for imagination in that? Ignoring this whole notion, I shape-shifted with gusto, writing stories from a multitude of viewpoints, from […]

    How Much Has Changed in 13 Years

    In my previous post, I wrote about how my first adult novel in thirteen years had been recently published. Since then, I’ve been observing first-hand just how much the literary landscape has changed for genre fiction writers since my last adult novel came out, in 2001. Some of these changes have surprised me, and not […]

    On Not Giving Up

    This week, my new adult novel, first in a big new series called Trinity, is coming out. I’m going to be celebrating even more than usual, because this one’s had a long hard road to publication, with nearly four years and several rejections before it was accepted. Even though I’m a well-established author with many […]

    On Stage: Talking about Writing

    Some time ago, at a literary festival, I was in the authors’ green room talking to a new writer whose first public appearance as an author was that very day. She was clearly very nervous, though trying hard to look as blasé as the rest of us more experienced speakers must have looked to her. […]

    Unlocking the Story-Box

    “Where do you get your ideas from?” It’s the classic question you nearly always get asked, as a writer, and there are always the classic answers to give back: something you’ve experienced, read about, observed; a place, a person, an overheard conversation, a newspaper report, a dream, an emotion, a picture, a fairy tale, a […]

    Today’s Challenge: Staying Published

    Getting published is every aspiring author’s dream, the focus of enormous energy, hopes and fears. So if that dream comes true, then you can feel as though all your struggles are now over, right? Not exactly. Getting published is only the start, and in retrospect, it can seem a good deal simpler than what follows: […]

    Poetry for Children

    The arrival of a first grandchild is always a big event in any person’s life, and when that person is a writer, then a lot of the amazing and often unexpected emotions that are triggered by this joyous event find release and expression in what we find as natural as breathing—writing. But it can be […]

    The Art and Craft of Retelling Traditional Tales

    A while back, I wrote on Writer Unboxed about ‘re-versioning’ traditional fairytales to use as the basis for novels. Re-versioning is very much about transforming the tale to make it your own, using it only as a framework, letting your imagination roam wild, whilst keeping true to the tale’s spirit. This works really well with novels. […]

    Gift of a Good Fairy

    What turns us into writers? For all of us, the answer to that question is different. For me, the answer partly lies in my own nature, in a way of seeing the world; in a nurture filled with books and stories; but also in an unusual direction. For the very year I was born, my […]

    Crowdfunding a Literary Project

      Crowdfunding is becoming more and more popular amongst people working in the arts—writers, musicians, artists, film-makers—as a way of raising money for projects. Rather than going to official funding bodies for money, artists worldwide are appealing directly to audiences and readers through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Pozible, Indiegogo, and more. Some campaigns produce […]