Katie Paul has more than one guardian angel. The first additional divine being was sent her way during the first thirteen days of her life when she was left in the hospital waiting to be adopted. She qualified for a second additional supernatural helper forty-five years later, on the day her husband decided to take his own life.
Because of the hard-work and long suffering patience of her three guardian angels (who she calls Bob, Fred and Hugo) she has pretty much shrugged off any lingering damage these two events might have caused. She also believes that they might have had a hand in her recovery from bulimia which she inadvertently developed when competing in two body-building competitions. She is now at peace with her natural curves and has discovered that sexy is an attitude and not a body shape.
As she approaches middle-age, she has fallen in love for the first time. She found her handsome boyfriend online and is now shacking up with him in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She tried being married once and didn’t like it, so she’s not likely to go down that road again. Her boyfriend takes her to tropical beaches to compensate for working away too much, makes her go kayaking and cycling with him, and he leaves the room when she watches 'The Bachelor' and 'Millionaire Matchmaker'. He likes that she’s grown her hair long and gone gracefully grey, but he isn’t keen on her getting any more tattoos or piercings.
She used to work in theatre, stage managing plays, musicals, orchestras and opera, but she gave it all up to write books. Her stories are about loss, love, lust and longing. Her characters get a bit raunchy at times because that’s the way life should be – full of big juicy moments. She is sure Bob, Fred and Hugo agree.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Once I wrote a letter to the editor at the New Zealand Women's Weekly. It was all about how much I loved my birth mother for giving me up and my adopted mother for looking after me. I must have been about eight. They published it. My adopted mother cut out my letter from the magazine and stuck inside the front cover of her Bible. It's still there.
What is your writing process?
My goal is to write 25,000 words a week (not every week) which is the length of a novella. Before I start, I outline ten chapters with three scenes each. More often than not, I have too much material for my word count and I end up saying 'I need another Episode!'
This is the complete collection of all the Sophie Walker Novellas: Stages | Episodes One to Five
• Episode One - Breaking Up with Food
• Episode Two - The Kiss That Changes Everything
• Episode Three - The Single Life
• Episode Four - Chasing the Dream
• Episode Five - Losing Michael
Just when Sophie has finally got her life back on track, Michael is involved in a terrible accident. How will she deal with these tragic events? Will her new relationship survive? How will she hold on to her recovery when she is pushed beyond what she thought she could endure?
On tour, in a foreign country, Sophie was expecting to live the life of her dreams, but reality crashes in — not just for her, but for those she loves.
When she comes back to Sydney, she has some tough decisions to make. Who needs to stay in her life, and who needs to go? What should she do about the things she can’t control?
And will she ever find the man of her dreams?
When Sophie leaves Michael and chooses to live on her own, she only has one goal in mind — to sort out how she feels about Michael and James. Trying to soothe her growing sense of loneliness, Sophie throws herself into the world of online dating. Her encounters leave her wondering what kind of relationship she is really looking for and if there is any man out there who can measure up to James.
On a hot New Years’ Eve overlooking Sydney Harbour, Sophie kisses someone who isn’t her husband and sets in motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her marriage, her job and her reputation.
Will Sophie survive the affair or will she damage herself and her husband forever?
Sophie Walker spends each night in darkness at the side of a stage, producing the alchemy of theatre. Her job is invisible to most people and so, it would seem, is her life. In an attempt to come out of the shadows, Sophie enters a body-building competition. But such discipline is hard to maintain, and Sophie finds herself locked in a destructive cycle of binging and restricting.