Sophie E Tallis is a published author, an illustrator for HarperCollins, a freelance illustrator/artist and a full member of The Society of Authors and ALCS. She has enjoyed an independent bookshop and Waterstones book signing tour around the West Country and Wales and was a featured participating author/illustrator at the Cirencester Literary Festival in 2015.
She was born in Bristol and now lives in the Cotswolds with her family and four enormous white wolves. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and a Post-Grad in Education and after teaching full time for 16 years she now works in a library, a dream job surrounded by books all day.
As a writer, she was a Quarterfinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) in 2011. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy, White Mountain, the first of her Darkling Chronicles trilogy was first published in 2012 and was then re-published in a superior edition 1st December 2014 by Grimbold Books, an acclaimed independent publisher based in Banbury. She is currently writing the sequel, Darkling Rise, in addition to a number of short stories and novellas which are being published this year. Her sci-fi short story ‘Silent Running’ featured in the critically applauded, Fight Like A Girl anthology published by Kristell Ink & Grimbold Books in a huge book launch in Bristol in April 2016. Her latest short story, a dark fairytale, ‘The Orphan and the Iron Troll’, featured in the hardback anthology, Shadows of the Oak, published by Tenebris Books in December 2016.
As a highly skilled illustrator, Sophie E Tallis has illustrated 11 books so far both as a freelance artist and as an illustrator for HarperCollins. She specialises in internal pen & ink illustrations, portraits and fantasy maps and can adapt to any style wanted. Her latest commissions have included creating a world map for renowned fantasy writer, Juliet E McKenna, and her ‘River Kingdom’ series, and being commissioned by HarperCollins to create two fantasy maps for their two debut grimdark authors. The first was a fantasy map for Anna Smith-Spark and her debut novel, The Court of Broken Knives, and for Anna Stephens and her highly anticipated debut, Godblind, both being published by HarperVoyager in June 2017 and by Orbit and other publishers around the world after that.
Sophie E Tallis is currently in talks to agents about her first fully illustrated picture book.
Writing: Novella, 'The Siege of Kallorm' (to be published by Kristell Ink Publishing 2017/18); Novella, 'A Friendship Forged' (to be published by Kristell Ink Publishing 2017/18); 'Underskinn' SFF anthology (to be published by Grimbold Books 2017); 'Shadows Of The Oak' dark fairytale anthology (published by Tenebris Books 2016); 'Fight Like A Girl', highly acclaimed SFF anthology (published by Kristell Ink Publishing 2016); Speculative fiction anthology, 'A World Of Their Own' - 3 short stories, 'The Wishing Tree', 'Happiness Is A Lie' and 'The Artist' + 6 illustrations (published by Kristell Inklings 2015); 'H is for Hawkesbury' mixed anthology (published by Hawkesbury Press 2015); 'Felinity', flash fiction anthology (published by Kristell Ink Publishing 2014); Epic fantasy novel, 'White Mountain', (re-published by Grimbold Books 2014) Novel first published 2012.
'The Court of Broken Knives' - by Anna Smith-Spark. I created the fantasy world map. (published HarperVoyager imprint of HarperCollins June 2017)
'Godblind' - by Anna Stephens. I created the fantasy world map. (published by HarperVoyager imprint of HarperCollins June 2017)
'River Kingdom' series by Juliet E McKenna. I created the fantasy world map. (published by Wizard's Tower Press 2016)
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