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!