Sophie Masson

Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the author of more than 60 books 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), The Boggle Hunters(Scholastic 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, to appear in September 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 new adult novel, first in the Trinity series--Trinity: book 1, The Koldun Code,comes out with Momentum as an ebook and POD in 2014.
Her collection of short stories for adults, The Great Deep and Other Tales of the Uncanny was also published 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, came out with Sixteen Press in 2013. Her 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).
She is one of the founding partners in new children's picture-book publishing house, Christmas Press,
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