Young author from Lanarkshire publishes third magical book inspired by her family

A primary school pupil from East Kilbride has continued her literary success with the release of her third book.

Long Calderwood Primary pupil Sophie Bicker began her writing journey during last year’s lockdown with stories meant to entertain her family and bridge the physical gap between them.

But what started as family stories initiated by homework in the classroom really took off for 10-year-old Sophie and her co-author father, Kenny.

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And with the third book – Pee-Lee – released, a fourth is also in development.

Proud dad, Kenny, from St Leonards, told Lanarkshire Live: “Sophie released and published her first book, Sofo Rox, last year

“With COVID restrictions, and not being able to see our family, she made the book in a magical land called Bourbonville, where her whole family was gathered.

Sophie and her dog JD

“She’s since written a Christmas story, called the ‘Nice List’, which was once again about having the whole family together.

“And in the last few weeks she’s released her third book, called Pee-Lee.

“The book tells how his late grandmother brought everyone together to create the magical land of Bourbonville.

“His grandmother sadly passed away before the lockdown, but she’s referenced in all the books although she doesn’t appear as a character as such.

“Sophie has always been creative and loves to invent stories and draw, she even enjoys working with me when I do my carpentry work.

“And with this last book, she used an app on her iPad to do the illustrations. For the first book, we had a company do the drawings, but it was very expensive, so this time it are all Sophie’s own designs, which are adorable and they look really good.

“It all started when we sat down when she had to do homework and write a paragraph or two about her family members.

“She was struggling a bit, so we came up with the solution of making up a story, using family members to create characters and it went from there.

“It was really kind of fun to be shared with the family because we couldn’t all be together, but his grandfather in particular was really supportive and after a few stories we went to a house edition that took them.

“And Sophie always ends her books with a ‘to be continued’, so she already has a plot in mind for the fourth book.”

To get a copy of Sophie and Kenny’s books, search for Sofo Rox on amazon or go to the authorHouse book company website.

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