Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the author of more than 50 novels for children, young adults and adults, published in Australia and many other countries. Her historical novel, The Hunt for Ned Kelly (Scholastic Australia), won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Some of her recent novels include Moonlight and Ashes (Random House Australia, 2012), Ned Kelly’s Secret (Scholastic 2012) and Scarlet in the Snow (Random House Australia, May 2013). She has also written four popular YA romantic thrillers under the name of Isabelle Merlin. Under the name of Jenna Austen, she has also published two romantic comedies for tweens and early teens, The Romance Diaries: Ruby (ABC Books/Harper Collins, 2013) and The Romance Diaries: Stella (ABC Books/Harper Collins, 2013).
Her first picture book, Two Trickster Tales from Russia, illustrated by David Allan, was published by Christmas Press in 2013. Forthcoming in 2014 are 1914 (Scholastic); Emilio (Allen and Unwin), The Adaptable Author: Coping with Change in the Digital Age (Keesing Press) and The Crystal Heart (RHA).
She is one of the founding partners in new children’s picture-book publishing house, Christmas Press, http://christmaspresspicturebooks.com/
A lifelong reader of poetry, Sophie has only recently returned to writing it after a hiatus of many years (as a teenage writer, she wrote poetry, some of which was published in magazines and newspapers). She has just completed a commission for the New England Conservatorium of Music: writing three poems for children which have been set to music by composer Harley Mead. The three poems, evoking scenes from a country child’s day: Frosty School Morning; Midday at the Waterhole; and Lyrebird Sunset, will be performed by large school choirs at the 10th anniversary concert of the New England Sings program later in 2014. As well, her poem, Wings, will be published in The School Magazine, and several others are with other publications.
Sophie has served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Book Industry Collaborative Council, the Board of Directors of the Australian Society of Authors (as Chair and Deputy Chair), the Board of the New England Writers’ Centre (as Chair) and the committee of the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of NSW (as President).
You can contact Sophie via her website, at http://www.sophiemasson.org/