Sophie Green’s stories of fresh beginnings, unexpected friendships and the power of love in small country communities are Top 10 Best sellers, and they’re all built around Sophie’s personal passions for, among other things, music, yoga and swimming.
Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Sophie talks about her varied career as a country music podcaster and aficionado, how she came to write two Home and Away spin offs, and why she thinks writers can learn a lot from musicians.
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Links to the episode:
Bellbird Country Choir playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPpYyaC9JNGvmSsJeT3nwXHi5MQm1TGii
Home and Away: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_and_Away
Michael Connolly: https://www.michaelconnelly.com/
Richard Osman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Osman
Kayte Nunn: https://kaytenunn.com/
Kayte Nunn on JOBR: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/kayte-nunn-desire-revenge-courage/
Kazuo Ishiguro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Ishiguro
The Cowra Breakout: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135848/
Tamworth Country Music Festival: https://www.tcmf.com.au/
Singer Jenny Mitchell and Sophie Green interview on Sunburnt Country podcast: https://sunburntcountrymusic.com/2022/08/14/jenny-mitchell-on-her-sublime-new-album-tug-of-war/
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. https://www.amazon.com/Inaugural-Meeting-Fairvale-Ladies-Book/dp/073363656X
Cover designs by Christa Moffit: https://abda.com.au/tag/christa-moffitt/
Where to find Sophie Green:
Tik Tok: @Sophie Green Books
What follows is a “near as” transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.
But now, here’s Sophie.
Introducing author Sophie Green
Jenny Wheeler: Hello there, Sophie, and welcome to the show. It’s so good to have you with us.
Sophie Green: Hello, Jenny. Thank you very much for having me.
Jenny Wheeler: You have made this area of small communities a real winner for yourself. The books you’ve written about small communities have been Top 10 bestsellers, practically all of them, and the most recent one is The Bellbird River Country Choir. It’s about a group of people drawn from disparate backgrounds and places who all meet in this small country town and join a choir. What is it that attracts you to small towns?
Sophie Green: I think partly it’s because we all form our own small communities within larger communities. I’m Sydney born and bred, but I live not far from where I grew up and I have friends that I’ve met in the same area and met in other small communities, like working in a book shop.
I think we do tend to find our little communities within the larger, and also from a storytelling point of view, small communities are good to work with because I don’t have to think about a whole massive cast of characters. I can focus on one particular place and the people who live there.
Jenny Wheeler: That’s interesting because the book does give a real sense of you understanding small communities. I did know that you lived in Sydney, but of course, as you say, metropolitan centers all form their own smaller communities. Do you still have any contacts with people you were at primary school with, occasionally?
Small communities form everywhere
Sophie Green: Actually, no, because I didn’t have a lot of friends in primary school or high school. School was not the best time for me, but I did make a very close friend when I worked in a bookshop who is one of the people this book is dedicated to. The bookshop forms a small community in and of itself, because everyone who’s there wants to read and loves reading, and so you more naturally make connections that way.
I have tended to make connections through activities, which is one of the reasons why I’m interested in pursuing that in the novels – swimming in The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle, yoga in Thursdays at Orange Blossom House, and now music in this one.
Jenny Wheeler: Do you swim?
Sophie Green: I do, yes. I live near a harbor beach in Sydney, and so I swim at the harbor beach. I don’t actually swim in the ocean. I did used to live at a surf beach and I do look at the people who swim laps off surf beaches and think, well, they’re a lot braver than I am. When I swim at my harbor beach, I tend to always make sure I can put my foot down on the sand if I need to in a hurry, and that someone is always further out than I am because they can be the shark bait.
Music features throughout the book
Jenny Wheeler: We will get onto talking about each of these books in a bit more detail, and you are very interested in music. We’ll get onto that. Music features very strongly in Bellbird River, and then with Orange Blossom it’s set around a yoga community, so in each of these books you’ve chosen a setting that you understand very well and feel emotionally connected to.
Sophie Green: Yes. It’s not necessarily me mining my own life, but I think it’s normal as a storyteller to write things you can connect with and feel, and also write from experience in life if I can. I just happened to have a few very well-defined interests that I’ve pursued for years on end, so when it came to writing stories, I’ve gone to them first.
Jenny Wheeler: In Bellbird River Choir one of the key characters is this international opera singer, Gabrielle, who almost retreats to this small town to heal herself. She’s had an operation on her throat which is affecting the quality of her voice. She wasn’t fully warned that this was a possibility and she certainly didn’t consider that it was likely to happen to her. Now that she’s finding her international career truncated, she’s feeling a real loss of identity and purpose, so she’s hiding out for that reason.
Some of the others are also in painful retreat from pasts or from difficult circumstances – being a solo mum in Sydney and finding it very hard to cope, those kinds of things. They have all got something that they’re dealing with and they’re drawn together in this choir. You really get to enjoy these characters as their past unfolds.
Character who developed a life of her own
Sophie Green: Thank you and thank you for reading so closely. Gabrielle was actually a character who was not going to have a point of view originally. Well, I had put her in originally and then I thought, no, I can’t have five, I need to have four. In the last few books I’ve had three and four. She just insisted on being a main character in the story, and I was going to have her as Victoria’s cousin. I originally wrote her as this little side player, as Victoria’s cousin.
Then she became an irresistible force. That thing that happens when you’re writing, where characters come to you and tell you what they want and tell you who they are and how they have to be in a story, I don’t really understand it. I think they just come from somewhere else and she wanted her story told.
She’s a complex character. She had a difficult childhood herself in Bellbird River and that’s one of the reasons why she hasn’t been back for a long time. For me, Victoria and Gabrielle are the love story of this book. That bond they’ve had, even though they haven’t seen each other regularly for years, is so strong that Gabrielle instinctively knows that’s what she needs when she’s healing.
Jenny Wheeler: It’s a bit like asking Dame Kiri te Kanawa to take a back seat, isn’t it? I can see why she broke through.
Look for the playlist with Dame Kiri on it
Sophie Green: Dame Kiri is actually in the playlist I put together, the songs from this. I’ve put a playlist on YouTube at the request of my publishers, all the songs as they appear in order. I remember Dame Kiri singing at the royal wedding in 1981, and so I thought, she’s someone that people may remember well. Of course, she’s had an incredible career, so she features in the playlist.
Jenny Wheeler: You’ll have to make sure we get the link for that playlist because I’m sure people would be interested in hearing it.
Sophie Green: It is now on my social media, and I’ve got a link tree which has it on as well, so people, google Sophie Green Author link tree, and that’ll probably pop up.
Jenny Wheeler: That’s great. One of the things I enjoyed about this book, I read quite a lot of mysteries because we handle quite a lot of mysteries on the show, but the pace of this is more elegiac than some of the mysteries I read. It’s lovely. It’s like you’re stepping into a flow and you get carried along in the most lovely restful, but irresistible kind of way as the personal secrets come to life.
They very gradually get revealed as we go through the book. You get to know the characters’ innermost thoughts, and each chapter is a point of view chapter from one character, isn’t it?
Sophie Green’s writing planner
Sophie Green: It is. That’s how I structure it. When I plan these novels, I use a color coded grid so I can see the flow of points of view and how they shift and change – to avoid having too many of Victoria close together, for example. I like to move that around. I think it’s good for the reader to have changes of perspective and different things going on at different times.
Jenny Wheeler: That really impresses me, the color coding. It’s something I always would love to do in my own writing, but never quite get to do it.
Sophie Green: It was born out of necessity. I have a full-time job and I don’t have a lot of time to write. I realized after I’d written The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club that a bit more planning would probably stand me in good stead. That’s when I started developing all these documents that I now have. The novel I’m writing for next year is the most planned of anything I’ve ever written.
Jenny Wheeler: That’s wonderful. As we’ve said, music is something that’s close to your heart and obviously it’s at the center of this book. I noticed that in the author credits you credit a friend who invited you to join a band 20 years ago. I gather it was associated with the Tamworth Festival. How did all that come about and tell us about it?
Sophie’s Tamworth Festival experience
Sophie Green: My friend’s name is Marilyn and we worked together. She had worked in the music industry for years and she’s also had her own bands for years. She is this incredible force of nature. She’s the most wonderful, inspiring person. I’m not the only one who thinks that.
She was putting together a country music covers band, and she wanted it to be mainly women, and then the men were going to be the rhythm section. She had a whole concept in mind and she needed a backup singer and percussionist. I’ve played piano since childhood and done a bit of singing in choirs myself at school and whatnot. I thought, oh, I’ve always wanted to be in a band. I’ll try out for her band. And so she put me in.
I was a snob about country music at the time, because I only knew about American country music and I didn’t like a lot of it. I thought it wasn’t much going on lyrically, or musically for that matter. But we booked some gigs at the 2003 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and up we went, and it completely changed my life in the most glorious way.
The standard of music that was there, the artists, the collaborative nature of the industry and of the festival, and all those artists together – I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So for someone who loves all sorts of music and has always been really passionate about music – when I was at university, I would go and see bands several nights a week and I’ve always been a bit obsessed with music – for me, it was Mecca. I just loved it.
A long music-based friendship
I left the band a few years after that, and she has a different band now. That band plays a lot at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and that friend Marilyn is now my guitar teacher. I’ve been learning guitar for four years, so we have a long music based friendship. I really believe that without her, I wouldn’t be writing about country music, which I do as a hobby, and therefore, I don’t think this book would exist.
Jenny Wheeler: You mention that you’re writing about country music. You’ve got a country music website called Sunburnt Country Music, and that’s where you interview and review country music artists. Are they mainly Australian?
Sophie Green: They are, yes. I do include New Zealand artists, in fact I recently interviewed the wonderful artist, Jenny Mitchell, who has a new album out called Tug of War. There’s my little plug for Jenny. She is originally from Gore and now lives on the North Island. Because there is a great New Zealand country music scene, I do keep my eye on that, but I mainly focus on Australians.
I used to cover some Americans, Canadians and British artists, but I prefer Australian and New Zealand music, so that’s why I cover it. And again, my passion for music is increased every time I hear more music from Australian artists because it’s so good, so rich. They are so talented, so dedicated. I feel that the industry has given me a lot, and I do the website as a way of giving back to them.
How music and writing interact
Jenny Wheeler: That’s fantastic. Yes, it is a very rich music industry that you’ve got there. You have also talked about how country music has taught you things for your writing. How do the two interact and interlink?
Sophie Green: I think because country music, particularly in Australia, is a real storytelling genre. I know it is elsewhere too, but I think here there are Australian stories about all sorts of aspects of life – about work, about the land, about relationships, family, all sorts of things. I think listening to a lot of that music and the discipline in telling a story in a song is really instructive because you’ve got three minutes to present a whole world.
Some artists are amazing at it. Some of them put a whole novel themselves almost in a song, not because of the amount of words, just because of the amount of story they get in. But also, having the opportunity to talk to a lot of artists over the years, interviewing them and finding out how they feel their relationship with fans is, what they think about fans and how they think about fans. That connection between audience and artist is really strong in Australian country music.
Sophie Green sees herself as a storyteller
I was aware of that before I even started writing fiction, and I think it informed what I do and still informs what I do, because I think about that connection. My job is to tell a story to people. It’s not to be a writer. If I’m a writer, I can just sit and write and I can do that for my own amusement. But I’m telling stories to people and I wouldn’t have known how to do that the way I do without those artists.
Jenny Wheeler: I have seen a number of commentaries saying that the music industry is that much further ahead of the author industry. We’ve got a huge amount to learn from them and the way they are relating to their audiences, so it’s interesting to hear you say that.
Sophie Green: I’ve also noticed, increasingly in the past few weeks, the number of them who are on TikTok. They have all had to adapt, particularly over the past couple of years. It has been disheartening for a lot of them, but also inspiring for me to witness the ways that they have sustained or created connections with audiences because they haven’t been able to play in person. It’s not just about likes on Facebook. It’s been other ways of telling their story, presenting themselves, getting music out there. So again, I learn a lot from them.
Jenny Wheeler: Thursdays at Orange Blossom House is set in North Queensland and it’s a multi-generational story once again, primarily about women’s lives – the chances they’ve taken and those they’ve missed. They’re brought together doing yoga at Orange Blossom House. That’s the meeting point. Tell us about your yoga experience and what drew you to write a book around yoga.
Sophie Green: I first got on a mat as a student in 1993. I was an active child. I’d done ballet and all sorts of other things. It was while I was working at a bookshop in Sydney and a colleague said to me, you should go to yoga. Then another colleague said, you should do Iyengar yoga.
Yoga in the Orange Blossom House book
We forget now – people who are practicing yoga now may not even have realized – but in the early 1990s there wasn’t a lot of yoga around. A lot of it had been done in people’s garages and in church halls, and indeed it was in a church hall at the top of my street that I went to my first class. I went to the Yellow Pages and I found the Kuring-Gai Yoga School, and I called and said, do you have an Iyengar yoga class? She said, yes, Mondays 7:30pm. So off I went.
The teacher’s name was Judy and Judy would be my teacher for over 20 years. I found that practice made sense for me, and it wasn’t just about the postures. It was about the whole encompassing nature of it, which is to do with meditation and philosophy and the history of it, all sorts of things. At about the seven year mark Judy started saying to me, it’s time for you to teach. I said, I don’t feel ready. I still think it’s really important to be a student before you can be teacher.
About the nine year mark, I finally gave in and said, what do you want me to do? She said, go and get a diploma for remedial massage to learn anatomy and physiology. So I did that. Then I did my teacher training. I completed my teacher training in 2002, and I’ve been teaching on and off for 20 years now. Teaching is a whole different thing. You then have to struggle to remind yourself that you’re still a student sometimes, and that you can just be a student.
A close personal experience reflected
When I wanted to write a novel, thinking of an idea, the communities around yoga are very strong. I know a lot of people practice yoga now. I was interested in writing about the sort of experience I had, which is why the novel starts in 1993, because I can remember that sense of it being completely new and no one really having any idea what it was. Some people thought it was a weird sect or a cult.
Sandrine, who is the yoga teacher at Orange Blossom House, is not me, but everything that comes out of her mouth in class is something I’ve said, because I thought I might as well use my own material from teaching. Yoga is a practice of transformation. I always think that people come to class wanting something to change. It’s not just an exercise class for a lot of people, they want to leave positively transformed, even if it’s just a little bit at the end.
I like that idea as a metaphor for what happens with the characters – that they could positively transform through the practice and also through their own lives.
Jenny Wheeler: Yes. Perhaps turning in quite a different direction, your association with the very popular soap series in Australia called Home and Away. You did several books as spinoffs from Home and Away, didn’t you? Tell us a little bit about that. For people who don’t know outside of Australia, Home and Away has been a long running soap, hasn’t it?
Home And Away – two official novels
Sophie Green: Yes, for over 30 years. It is still broadcast around the world. Many years ago, I was the Home and Away website producer. That was one of the jobs I had, I worked in Seven’s very nascent online division. I hadn’t watched the show before then, but I came to appreciate that dedication to storytelling and also to communicating with an audience.
There’s that theme again that I picked up in country music. Then several years ago, I had the opportunity to write two official Home and Away novels. One was a novelization of a screenplay for a Special that had aired. Another was a continuation of a storyline for characters who had left. I had never really left that world in my head. I’d stopped watching Home and Away, but it was so nice to be back there.
I often say to people who are interested in writing fiction that Home and Away is really worth studying, because that is a story that’s been going for over three decades. They really know how to keep an audience engaged. It was fascinating for me to study the way they do it when I was writing those novelizations. I studied the emotional peaks and troughs and the rhythm of it, so that I could mimic that in the novel.
I thought, yes, they know what they’re doing. This is why people keep coming back and staying for years and years and years. People get hooked on it. They are very clever storytellers. I think you could do worse than treating Home and Away as your masterclass in storytelling.
Writing about music fiction preparation
Jenny Wheeler: Was that your first experience of writing fiction?
Sophie Green: No, it wasn’t. I’d written a few romance novels, but under a completely different name. I’d started doing those. The first one I did, someone dared me, to see if I could do it. I’d already ghost written some non-fiction, and I was writing about country music.
I do think writing about the music was my preparation to write fiction because again, trying to communicate with an audience, and with music, trying to describe something that’s very difficult to describe to other people. So, yes, I’d written some romance novels. I love the structure of romance and think it gives you a lot of freedom.
I really enjoyed writing that but then it was time to move on, and not long after the Home and Away novels, I wrote The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.
Jenny Wheeler: Which became a top 10 best seller, we must add.
Sophie Green: Yes, it did. Happily so.
Jenny Wheeler: And was listed in quite a lot of different awards.
Turning away from the individual books to talking about your wider career, where was the point where you felt you wanted to write fiction, and was it associated with any sort of eureka moment or was it a longstanding desire?
Sophie’s self discovery as a fiction writer
Sophie Green: It was a desire when I was a child and then I had no desire whatsoever for a really long time. It wasn’t until that person dared me to write a romance novel that I thought, okay, I could give this a crack. I really just treated it as an experiment. From that point on, I thought, great, I think I can do this.
I also thought for a long time I had nothing to say in fiction. The reason why I started writing about country music was that just over a decade ago I was very, very sick, as in at death’s door sick. I started writing about music because I couldn’t do anything else. I couldn’t practice yoga, let alone teach it. I couldn’t do a whole lot of things that I was used to doing and my convalescence took months.
Writing about music gave me a creative outlet, and that’s really the path that led to writing fiction. I never realized at the time. I had no thoughts of writing fiction at the time I started writing about music, but that’s where it’s led me.
Jenny Wheeler: Wow. Were those initial romance novels indie published or trad published?
Sophie Green: They were traditionally published. Even though I am a publisher in my day job, I would never want to self-publish. There’s too much involved in publishing. I’m very happy to have other people do that for me.
The secret of Sophie’s creative success
Jenny Wheeler: If there was one thing that you’d consider the secret of your success in your creative career, inside publishing and out of it, what would you consider it to be?
Sophie Green: Sticking with it. Showing up and sticking with it. You have to show up on the page and you have to put your head down. Sometimes you don’t feel like it and other things are going on, and it’s just remembering that it’s steady steps.
It’s not some big moon beam that shines down and gives you the novel. You have to apply yourself. That’s not romantic, and a lot of times we would like the creative process to be romantic. I like to say that writing is blood and bristle and earth a lot of the time. It’s not hammocks and scented candles. We just have to show up and stick with it.
Jenny Wheeler: You mentioned that you have publishing as your day job. How are you involved in the publishing industry?
Sophie Green: I started off as a book seller while I was at university. I actually did a law degree and I didn’t end up practicing law but I did end up working in publishing as a baby editor and then full grown editor. I detoured through online with Channel 7 and other places. I was a literary agent for a few years and then became a nonfiction publisher.
Jenny Wheeler: What is the most recent book you’ve published as a non-fiction publisher?
Sophie Green: I’m about to publish a book called The Cowra Breakout by an historian called Mat McLachlan. I publish memoir, crime, history, lifestyle, science, parenting. A range of things.
Jenny Wheeler: What’s your publishing house?
Sophie Green: It’s Hachette, which is the same publishing house I’m published by.
Jenny Wheeler: Okay. Now The Cowra Breakout. Cowra is an Australian town. Just mention a bit about its significance for Australians.
The significance of the Cowra Breakout
Sophie Green: During World War II there was an internment camp in Cowra for prisoners of war, some of whom were Japanese, some of whom were Italian. There were some others there. One particular night there was a breakout from Cowra. The Japanese prisoners decided to break out. It was the only land battle of World War II fought on Australian soil and it was horrendous.
People died. Lots of Japanese prisoners of war died, some Australian soldiers died and it all happened in this town where no one had a glimmer that this was ever possible. There was some thinking that the Japanese were trying to escape back to Japan, and this book partly looks at the fact that that was not at all the case.
They knew Japan was nowhere nearby. I think that was a story at the time to make them seem like they were quite silly. Oh, they’re trying to get back to Japan, how ridiculous. That wasn’t it. They were trying to defend the honor of their country, which is what they’d done when they were serving.
Jenny Wheeler: We are starting to come to the end of our time in this section, so Sophie as reader. This podcast is The Joys of Binge Reading and we primarily deal with popular fiction. Can you recommend some of the things you are reading recently in the fiction area, and make any recommendations for our readers? They don’t all have to be Hachette.
What Sophie Green is reading now
Sophie Green: Sure. I’m late to discovering Michael Connelly, who is an American crime writer, and I am churning through the Michael Connelly’s. Really enjoying those. I also just discovered the Richard Osman Thursday Murder Club that a lot of other people have discovered before me, and I loved that. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but thought that was terrific.
There is a Hachette author called Kayte Nunn, and I really love Kayte’s books.
Jenny Wheeler: Oh yes. She’s been on the show.
Sophie Green: There you go. I didn’t know that. I recently read Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro who is a Japanese British author. I have read a lot of his books. If anyone’s read Never Let Me Go, which was a book of his from a few years ago, Klara and the Sun is a bit like a companion volume. They’re not the same characters, but a continuation of his ideas from that book. I found that really moving and wonderful. He is such a terrific writer. He also wrote Remains of the Day, which a lot of people will know.
Jenny Wheeler: He is a literary author, isn’t he?
Sophie Green: Yes, he is. I do tend to mix it up. I’m also a huge fan of Di Morrissey who is an Australian author.
Jenny Wheeler: Oh, yes. She’s been on the show too.
Sophie Green: Di is a wonderful storyteller, and so when I want a treat I’ll read a Di Morrissey.
Jenny Wheeler: Do you ever read any romance these days?
What Sophie Green would change – if anything
Sophie Green: I do occasionally, but mainly on eBook. I haven’t for a little while because I’m in a bit of a nonfiction reading binge at the moment. But I do, yes. I still love romance novels.
Jenny Wheeler: I’ll tell you one non-fiction Australian. We rarely do non-fiction but Kate Langbroek’s Ciao Bella! caught my eye and it was such a fantastic read that I had a sounding of our listeners, would they like to hear Kate? They did, and it’s been one of our highest polling episodes for the year, so it was great to have her on.
Looking back down the tunnel of time, if there was one thing about your writing career that you would change, what would it be?
Sophie Green: I’m not sure I would change anything because I tend to think it’s all led to where I am now. I’m a believer in things happening at the right time, at the right place, in the right way. If I were to say, oh, I’d change this or that, then it would alter what’s happening now.
As much as there have been frustrations and there are certain novels I might have written differently or changed things about them, I always say no effort is wasted when it comes to writing. I throw out a lot. I start a lot of manuscripts and they go nowhere but I don’t think that’s wasted. I think it’s just me sort of flexing the muscle.
What is next for Sophie Green author
Jenny Wheeler: Do you feel as if you found your niche with these ones that you’re doing at the moment, or have you got desires to branch out and do something completely different?
Sophie Green: I do love writing these stories. I love writing stories about women and their friendships and women getting to know themselves as well. I may branch out. I always have ideas for plenty of things, so I note down ideas as they come to me. The trick is once you’ve been running in a certain vein for a while, is whether the readers want to see anything different. I’m always happy to give readers what they’re looking for.
Jenny Wheeler: What is next for Sophie as author? What have you got on your desk over the next 12 months?
Sophie Green: I have a deadline for next year’s novel looming. That’s coming up in a month’s time, so I’m working on the next novel and still working on my country music as well, but mainly these days I do interviews, and I do pieces to camera for that rather than writing. That will keep me occupied on the creative front for a while.
Jenny Wheeler: Have you got a title for that new book yet?
Sophie Green: I do, but I’m not sure I’m allowed to say it. They like to do the cover reveal, so I’ve got to save it for that.
Where to find Sophie Green online
Jenny Wheeler: Yes, of course they do. Actually your covers are gorgeous. I might add that too.
Sophie Green: Christa Moffitt of Christabella Designs has done all the covers and every time I see one, I think, she can’t do better than this. It’s just gorgeous. And then the next one’s even more beautiful.
Jenny Wheeler: From what you’ve said we already know you enjoy interacting with your readers. Where can they find you online?
Sophie Green: I’m on a few places. I’m on Instagram @sophiegreenbooks. I’m on Facebook at Sophie Green Author, and I have joined TikTok, also at Sophie Green Books. I tweet less frequently @sophiegreenauth. I find that with Twitter, to do well, you’ve got to be engaged a lot and I don’t have a lot of time to look at social media. Between creating the books and creating stuff for social media, I don’t have a lot of time to look.
Jenny Wheeler: That’s fantastic, Sophie. Thank you so much for your time today. It’s been a real pleasure.
Sophie Green: Thank you, Jenny. It’s been lovely to talk to you.
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Kiwi-based mystery author Fiona Leitch and her Nosey Parker Cornish mystery series. A London police officer switches careers and retreats to a small English village to reinvent herself as a chef – but she can’t seem to avoid solving crime.
Fiona’s latest one in the five-book series, A Cornish Recipe for Murder, where Jodie enters a Great Bake-Off show, so lots of food features – on the show next week.
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