Interview with Sophie Oxford

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a stone who wanted to be a flower, a tree and then a human, because of all the things they do for the world, and because the stone felt it was useless in the grand scheme of nature. It soon realised that every little piece in nature come together and form one whole, that he might not feel important, but he is very important. I was pretty deep as a child.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach with usually nothing. I only have my story in mind, the genre and that's it. I'm doing IB Visual Arts, which is perfect, because sometimes I can implement bits of my work in school into my cover designs. I try to keep them simple, but eye-catching.
What is your all-time favourite book, and why?
My favourite book of all time is 1984 by George Orwell. It's about love in a world where it is shunned, looked down upon, and not something you should "waste" your time on. It's about questioning our existence, our meaning, and questioning authority. 1984 is what also got me interested in politics and North Korea and about the world and how it works in general.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up abroad, miles and miles away from my home town. I still do live pretty far away from my home town, but this has helped me write more emotional writing in my opinion. I know what it feels like to miss something, I know what it feels like to love something very deeply from the bottom of your heart.
When did you first start writing?
I always wrote small stories for school and such, but what got me really into writing was Tumblr (pretty stupid, I know) and NaNoWriMo -- both of which I came across early 2013. NaNoWriMo helped me boost my confidence in writing, while Tumblr gave me a wide open medium to write whatever I want, whenever I want.
Published 2016-03-07.
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