I’ve known Sophia since before she was Sophia, and before I was Charlie. She’s an American who’s fallen in love with Wales, helped, I suspect, by the national sport – which I might have had a hand in getting her interested in. She now lives there, poking old artefacts and chatting up rugby players. (Here’s one who plays in Swansea, where the torch is leaving from today!)
Last time I collaborated, writing wise, with Sophia was on British Flash, in which three Wales based writers featured. It was one of those wonderful, mad ideas which went from first seeds to fruition very quickly. It was produced as a free celebration of the 2011 UK Meet for readers and writers of GLBTQ fiction (alongside the e-book/print anthology Tea and Crumpet). British Flash was intended to provide a taster collection of very short stories (no more than 1000 words) to illustrate the diverse range of talented writers who’d be attending the event.
I was lucky enough to be on the acquisitions team for both anthologies and was blown away by some of the submissions – especially Sophia Deri-Bowen’s “They who come after the Stories End”. It’s unique in setting among the many short stories I’ve read down the years (go and see for yourself, it won’t cost anything!) If you like “Thursday Next” territory, you’d appreciate this.