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Sophie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son. She has worked as a journalist and a magazine editor, but fell in love with writing after being made redundant and enrolling in a creative writing course. She burst onto the publishing scene with Girl, Missing, her debut novel (2006), which tallied up numerous award wins nationwide, including the Richard and Judy Best Kids’ Books 2007 (12+ category), a Red House Book Award (in category) and The Manchester Children’s Book Award. She was also longlisted for the Branford Boase award, which commends first-time authors,
and the coveted Carnegie Medal. The much-anticipated sequel to Girl, Missing, Sister, Missing was published in autumn 2011, and the final instalment, Missing Me, was published in 2012. Sales of Sophie’s books now exceed 750k copies.

Blood Ties (2008) was another multiple-award winning thriller which again saw Sophie longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and crowned winner of the North East Teen Book Award and the overall Red House Book Award among many others. Blood Ransom, the sensational follow-up to Blood Ties, was published in 2010. The Medusa Project series was launched in July 2009, following the fast-paced story of four teenagers impregnated with the Medusa gene, which manifests itself in various psychic abilities. The series comprises The Set-Up, The Hostage, The Rescue, Hunted, Double-cross and Hit Squad. Hit Squad won the
2013 Red House Children’s Book Award (older fiction category), making her one of the most successful authors in Red House Children’s Book Award history. A special short story, The Thief, was published for World Book Day in 2010. Sophie has also published several romance novels for teens. The Luke and Eve trilogy comprises Six Steps to a Girl (2007), Three’s a Crowd (2008), and The One and Only (2009). 2012 saw Sophie return to romance with the launch of a new series; Falling Fast is the first of four novels, and Acting Friends was a specially commissioned (short story) prequel to the series, written for the 2012 World Book Day Teen App. Burning Bright followed in January 2012, and Casting Shadows will be published in July 2013.

In 2013 Sophie published her first thriller for adult readers, Close My Eyes (May), and a brand new stand-alone thriller for teens, Split Second.

Aside from these Simon & Schuster titles, Sophie has also published The Fix (Barrington Stoke), Time Train to the Blitz (Usborne), Author’s Sword (A&C Black), and contributed to Losing It (Andersen Press) alongside the likes of Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Jenny Valentine and Patrick Ness.

Find Sophie online:
www.sophiemckenziebooks.com
www.facebook.com/sophiemckenzieauthor
www.twitter.com/sophiemckenzie_

Photo: (c) J. Ring

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