Sofie Laguna’s many books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. Her titles include, My Yellow Blanky, Too Loud Lily, Bad Buster, Big Ned’s Bushwalk, Bird and Sugar Boy, Stephen’s Music and Where Are You Banana?
Recently Sofie published the bestselling Grace stories for the Our Australian Girl series. This was followed by Fighting Bones, for the Do You Dare series.
Sofie’s first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Film rights have been optioned and Sofie has recently completed the screenplay.
Sofie’s second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep, is due for publication in August, 2014.
Sofie lives with her husband and their young son, and she is currently expecting her second child.
Visit Sofie’s website at www.sofielaguna.com
Why do you write? For pleasure, for justice, for fun, for freedom, to communicate.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? Being an actor.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? There were no significant obstacles.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? Pleasure, justice, fun, freedom, communication. Also solitude, flexibility and adaptability.
—the worst? No place to go called ‘work’, no distractions, no ‘security’
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Nothing except allowed myself to relax more and enjoy.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? It’s going to be wonderful.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Don’t worry so much.
The Eye of the Sheep
Meet Jimmy Flick. He’s not like other kids – he’s both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy’s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father’s way. But when Jimmy’s world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.