Happy Birthday, Sophie Kinsella, born 12 December 1969
- Don’t be afraid to try different things — you may not find your best voice or genre straightaway. Make sure you’re enjoying whatever you write. And write exactly the kind of book you’d love to read yourself.
- I adore all Agatha Christie’s books and turn to them whenever I’m ill or need cheering up.
- The great thing about being a novelist is that you organize your own day.
- I try to write 1,000 words a day. Sometimes I do that by 11 a.m. Other times I’m still struggling at 3 p.m. Then it’s time to give up for the day!
- My real name is Madeleine Wickham, under which I write dramas with an edge of humour. As Sophie Kinsella it’s fast, all-out comedies, such as the ‘Shopaholic’ series.
- Philosophy wasn’t about facts, it was about ideas. My first essay title was something like: ‘How can you know what other people are thinking?’ I thought, ‘Wow, what an amazing thing.’ I really thought deeply for the first time.
- I need to make a cup of coffee before I start, otherwise I’m always thinking, When shall I make my coffee? instead of concentrating on my book. I switch off all the phones. I turn on the music loudly. If I’m feeling really energetic I might have a little dance around the room. (I’m very glad no one can see me!) I always want to feel upbeat when I’m writing. Then I sit down and begin.
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