Today is a huge day for me. As a writer it has been one of my biggest dreams to one day write a book and I’m seriously having a pinch-me moment today. The secret’s out: I’ve written a kids’ book!
Sophia the Show Pony is a tale inspired by my beloved childhood pony Gypsy, and also by my daughters, Sophia and Grace. It’s about a show pony who is the chicest horse in town but also has dreams of becoming a racehorse. I wanted to write a story that had a great lesson in following your passion no matter what anyone says and finding your place in the world, and also embracing your individuality. It’s essentially all the lessons I want to impart to my girls encompassed in a children’s book.
Being a kids’ book, the illustrations were ultra important to me and given it was a story also inspired by fashion, I really wanted to work with a fashion illustrator. So, I was thrilled to be able to work with Sally Spratt who is the artistic wizard behind The Lust List. Her watercolour style and her expertise in drawing high fashion was the perfect aesthetic for my little show pony, Sophia. I couldn’t love the illustrations more.
Story time is such a critical part of our household and I am so excited about the prospect of my book becoming a part families’ bedtime reading rituals. What a great privilege and honour. I hope you all love Sophia’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Sophia the Show Pony is out on March 29. You can pre-order copies of the book here!