SOPHIE’S WORLD

NAME: Sophie Ward, or Mrs Koren, now that I have married my love Isaac!

RAISED: I spent my childhood in Perth, Western Australia, “The most isolated capital city in the world,” but I spent my twenties in New York City, who also raised me.

LIVES: Between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and New York City.

LOVES: My husband Isaac, our big family, home, the great magical and unfathomable cosmos, the countryside, horses, barns, gatherings with great people, great music of all sorts, traveling, fresh flowers, telling wondrous stories with the material of language, making dream catchers, this beautiful Earth, the phenomenal gift of life itself.

ON MODELLING: Once upon a time I was model… Visit this page to read more of that story… Turns out, it wasn’t the best career for me. I left that world to heal my relationship with myself, my body (I recovered from anorexia) and my life. I took on my dreams! More on that next.

ON WRITING: I never really planned on becoming a writer. Just like most things in life, it was only when I looked back on the path I’d traveled that it all seemed to make sense. I made my first book in second grade. It won the Miss Booker Prize for Literature at my school. My first merit certificate in first grade was for ‘her excellent work in story telling.’ These are some of the only prizes I’ve ever won (my husband wants to remedy this with a Sophie Trophy!) aside from a modeling competition at age 17. It seemed my cards were dealt.

I studied English literature (creative writing, film, European fairy tales and mythology) language and philosophy at University. When I was asked to submit some writing to a stylist friend who was working on a magazine, I had no idea it would be published alongside our much acclaimed National Treasure, Tim Winton (whose work constituted the only other writing in the ‘magazine’, and who had won the Man Booker Prize for Literature himself!)

I was 19 when this happened. It blew my mind.  So began my career in writing, and my transition out of modeling. ‘I can make more money writing a magazine article than walking down a runway? I’m in!’ Little did I know then! Thankfully so – or I never would have gone for my dreams with the fervor that I did.

I moved to New York when Heath Ledger died, a close friend of my sisters. I never turned back. There I created Paper Castle Press, and published my first novel, The Beginning of an Inexplicable Journey, at age 25.

Two years later, I met the love who populated my wildest dreams (I couldn’t believe he was real) and we were married four months later in a little chapel on a hill in Bucks County, where we now live, write*, play and dream.

* My husband Isaac is one third of The Kin, and one half of song-writing dynamo Flight Crew, which he created with brother Thorald Koren. Funnily enough, he knew about me years before we met, via this blog! The Universe works in wondrous ways.

YOU’VE READ MY WORK:  In magazines such as Vogue Australia, Harpers Bazaar Australia, The Sunday Times Magazine, Russh, Grazia, Oyster, Mark, Follow, Corduroy, and more. I have interviewed Academy Award Winning actor, Sir Ben Kingsley and Booker Prize winning author DBC Pierre among others.

In book form, you may have read The Beginning of an Inexplicable Journey (which can be found here if not..)

WHAT I’M WORKING ON: My first fiction novel, about a boy we know as Prince Henri (at chapter 27, almost there!) A collaboration with de Vie Weinstock and Libby Weintraub on the healing and empowerment of women who have gone through eating disorders and other disempowering relationships with themselves and others. I am excited to share both of these with you my readers!

19 Comments

  1. Bela
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Whoa, you are so inspiring!

  2. Posted August 18, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    love it all!

  3. Posted August 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    and especially love the art and self-portraits

  4. Catherine
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and it’s superb! Quirky and poetic at once. Just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me as it’s been a long time since a writer has been able to do that :)

  5. Posted January 7, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    A truly inspiring blog you have created. I love the fact that you are a Carl Sagan fan! As a youngster I used to race home to watch his shows and spent many nights laying in the desert thinking about our universe. Keep up the fabulous work!

    • Posted January 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      Tom, thank you so much!
      You are so welcome here, and I am so honored to have you as a reader and supporter.
      I am humbled by your gratitude.

      Sophie

  6. Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it, I’m adding you on bloglovin’ right away.:) Gosh, your so inspiring! You’re a wonderful writer, I really enjoy your posts. xx
    love,
    Daphne

    • Posted June 27, 2010 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      Wow, thanks Daphne! So honoured! Come back soon!

  7. michael
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Sophie
    Thanks. Very intriguing. I work movies in LA. Designer and writer. Over the years I have collected many classic famous scripts I could share with you-love giving them to people who appreciate. I can send you a list of them if you like. Your curiosity is inspiring-I wake up everyday , look up and wonder. I will die wondering if I am lucky. Thanx again

  8. Posted July 1, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Sophie,

    I have only just stumbled across your blog, and I am deeply moved and impressed by your views and work.

    I remember working with you during your modelling days when I too was starting out as a fashion assistant. It is great to see how far you have come, and you should be congratulated for your journey and insight.

    I’ll now be a dedicated visitor to this space!

    Thank you x

  9. Eleanor
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Sophie. I just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful words. I’ve been floundering of late, unsure of my self, my direction, my purpose, and your writing has reinvigorated my lust for … everything. I remember why I am here, and who I am, and why I aspire to write. Lately the future of women has been on my mind, weighing heavily, and I so often worry for the women I know and love, who are afflicted by their femininity, as well as all the women I don’t know. Woman at large. But you give me hope, and for that I am so grateful. Peace and love.

    • Sophie
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your humbling and encouraging words Eleanor – I strive to share all that I can which might help others, even if it’s just to make them laugh, to feel a sense of their connection to humanity, to feel encouraged, inspired, alive. I sometimes wonder why I write, and what I write about. Your comment shines light on what I know my answer to be. For women, for life, for my soul. I write to understand my own process and my own life. My gratitude goes through the roof when I realize that my process helps others understand, too. I will go on! We are together, we women: “United we stand, divided we fall.” I’m here for you, for all women. What a community. What women! Awesome. All my best, Sophie

  10. Josie Ziemlanej
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Wow you’re an amazing talent. Saving this website to my bookmarks. Also congratulations on your little bundle of joy. Xo from down under

    • Sophie
      Posted November 10, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks Josie! Just doing what I love and hoping to share some learned life wisdom with the world. This next journey will be an awesome one I’m sure! xo

  11. Josie Ziemlanej
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Ive also just purchased your book :) Look forward to receiving it x

  12. Beth
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just dicovered your blog after discovering your husband’s band opening for Pink in Vegas. Now I’m a fan! They are so nice too! I love people with great stories!

    • Sophie
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Glad to hear it Beth! Welcome!

  13. Mary
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I stumbled upon your blog and I instantly became a fan. Your writing is breathtakingly beautiful and magical.

    • Sophie
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Mary! I’m glad you found me and that I found you!

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