Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia of French parents and came to Australia at the age of 5. All her childhood, the family moved back and forth between Australia and France, unable to make up their minds as to where to live, so Sophie grew up between worlds, and between languages, an experience which has formed a lot of her work.
Sophie has had many novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children, but also for adults, including the internationally-selling Forest of Dreams, an adult fantasy trilogy based on the life and work of the medieval French writer Marie de France. Much of her work for children and young adults has also been in the fantasy genre, but she has also written ghost stories, family stories and a graphic novel (The Secret Army: Operation Loki). Snow, Fire, Sword, a fantasy novel set in a magical parallel-world version of modern Indonesia, was published by Harper Collins USA in 2006, while her six-book fantasy series for younger readers, the Thomas Trew series, was published throughout 2007 and 2008 by Hodder Children’s Books in the UK and Australia. Her first mystery novel for young adults, The Case of the Diamond Shadow, comes out in July 2008. Sophie’s short stories, essays and articles have appeared in anthologies, such as The World of the Golden Compass (Ben Bella Books, US, 2007) and in newspapers and magazines. In August 2004 she was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts-funding body.
Her books have been shortlisted for many awards, with The Hand of Glory winning the Young Adult category for the 2002 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Snow, Fire, Sword was shortlisted in three categories in the 2004 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy, including in the Fantasy section, where it was the only children’s book listed.
Her most recent novels are the Thomas Trew series and a YA fantasy adventure novel, set in a magical parallel-world version of modern India, The Maharajah’s Ghost.
Sophie is married with three grown-up children and lives in country New South Wales. Her website is HERE.
She also has a blog for the Thomas Trew series HERE.
Her webpage for her series The Chronicles of El Jisal is HERE.