Sophie Toovey lives in the South Wales valleys and writes dystopian romance, contemporary rom-coms and flash fiction
Sophie’s favourite authors include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, James Dashner and Gail Honeyman.
The Day of the Dice
Pride & Prejudice meets The Hunger Games.
It’s the future, but it feels like the past. An illegitimate girl turns 20 and wants to escape being paired for childbearing by sailing to a mystery island, but it’s not part of her plan to fall in love with the powerful boy who has chosen her. She doesn’t know if love is worth staying for, or how to convince him that she isn’t just playing a game.
The Hating Game, set in a school.
When Michael, a hotshot sharp-suited teacher, is set to secure a promotion to become her new boss, zany creative Jen can’t let him go uncontested. She has to win over her tough all-boy class, prove that she’s an awesome teacher, and overcome the chauvinist bully Head who pretends she doesn’t exist. Preferably without falling in love, because that wouldn’t be very professional…
I’ve enjoyed taking part in Morgen Bailey’s monthly 100-word flash competition, and I was highly commended in December 2019, honourably mentioned in October 2019, and I won third place in September 2019 with ‘Ruby’.
I’ve also been submitting flash fiction to literary magazines so watch this space!
Sophie Toovey graduated from Oxford University with an English degree, then spent ten years lamenting that she couldn’t write as well as Jane Austen, George Eliot or Charles Dickens. Being a secondary school English teacher, she continued her immersion in great literature before finally watching La La Land and deciding it was time to live the dream and start writing again. She is working on dystopian retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and enjoys writing flash fiction. She is married to a film-maker who keeps arguing about the right title for her story, and they have two children, who keep arguing. Or exercising their creativity. Maybe both.
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