Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the author of more than 60 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, while her 2002 alternative-history novel, ‘The Hand of Glory’ (Hodder) won the YA category of the 2003 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Many of her titles have also been shortlisted for major awards, including for the Davitt Awards with her 2012 novel, ‘Moonlight and Ashes (Random House Australia, 2012) Her most recent titles are the historical novel for children, 1914 (Scholastic); contemporary novel for children,‘Emilio’ (Allen and Unwin); YA fantasy novel, ‘The Crystal Heart’ (RHA); a non-fiction book on the recent changes in authorship and the publishing industry, ‘The Adaptable Author: Coping with Change in the Digital Age’ (Keesing Press), and ‘Trinity: The Koldun Code’, (Momentum)first in an adult thriller series.
Sophie 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.
Sophie has also written several novels for adults: ‘The House in the Rainforest’ (UQP 1990); psychological thriller ‘The Hoax’ (Random House 1997); and historical fantasy saga, ‘Forest of Dreams’ (Random House 2001). Her historical novels for adults, ‘My Brother Will’, (2012) based on Shakespeare’s adolescence as seen by his brother Gilbert, and ‘Black Wings: A novel of the French Revolution’ (2013), were published as e-books by AchukaBooks (UK). Her adult thriller, ‘Trinity: the Koldun Code’, which has its roots deep in Russian history and myth, was published by Momentum Books in late 2014, with a sequel to come out in 2015.
Sophie also released her collection of short stories for adults, ‘The Great Deep and Other Tales of the Uncanny’, as an e-book with Sixteen Press in 2012, and a non-fiction book on authorship, ‘By the Book: Tips of the Trade for Writers’, also as an e-book, with Sixteen Press in 2013.
Sophie’s essays, articles and reviews have appeared frequently in print and online, in many different outlets. She 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).
Her website is at www.sophiemasson.org