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sophia stuart is an award-winning digital strategist and technology commentator for ELLE China, Esquire Mexico, Singularity Hub, WWD and Ziff Davis PCMag, covering artificial intelligence, brain-machine interfaces, cyborgs and robots at Caltech, DARPA, NASA and US Army Cyber Command. She also reports from Hollywood on science fiction films, has interviewed directors Drake Doremus, Spike Jonze and Ridley Scott, former FBI agents, military, space and espionage experts. She is British, now based in Los Angeles, and represented by the literary agent Lisa Gallagher (who sold sophia’s first non-fiction book to Hay House in 2014).

From 2006 – 2013, she was an executive at Hearst, (publishers of brands including Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar): as head of mobile for the USA, then promoted to head of digital for the international division with strategy oversight in almost 100 countries, including China, India, Korea and Russia. During this time she was voted one of the “Top 21 Social Media Superstars” (Min Online) and her group won many awards (including: Asian Publishing Award, Ad Age Media Vanguard Award, Webby).

Her first writing job was on The Independent, the UK national newspaper that (also) launched the careers of Allison Pearson (I Don’t Know How She Does It), JoJo Moyes (Me Before You) and Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones’s Diary). #JustSaying

Fiction:

(manuscripts available via agent)

The Mythmakers of Manhattan

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Set in the not too distant future, The Mythmakers of Manhattan, is a comedy about artificial intelligence, robots, the rise of Chinese investment and the demise of Corporate America. Holly Hartley, a glamorous, but madcap, American executive gets caught up in a whirlwind adventure after her employer is taken over by a technology giant from Beijing. She’s retained as a consultant to build a virtual world, Nirvana, designed to deliver happiness, and given a robot, Tarquin, as an assistant. Then Nirvana gets hacked, she falls in love with a pair of fraternal twins, and Tarquin turns out to be a spy. Unsurprisingly, Holly clashes with both the old order and new regime, but emerges, triumphant. You’ve read many scary scenarios about the possible future via A.I. – here’s the (informed) view of an emerging technology correspondent who’s actually met 30 robots (and the geeks who made them).

Chapter 1: extract

 

 

Second Chances: London Bound, Manhattan Magic

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After the decriminalization of witchcraft in the 1700s, the Establishment had to change tactics in order to keep women with special powers in line. As a result, most people now believe that witches are a myth.

But when Marion O’Neal, a glamorous American advertising executive, is extradited to the UK for further monitoring by those who strongly suspect her advertising campaigns contain witchcraft, all are in for a big surprise.

For Marion is indeed a sorceress, and a very bewitchingly glamorous one at that: one who also knows how to marshal the new forces streaming through the global Internet, empowering women everywhere. The Establishment has no idea what is in store for them, but they are about to find out.

As are Annabelle and Simon Jones, Marion’s new next-door neighbors on Church Row in leafy Hampstead, and their lives are never going to be quite the same again.

 

Chapter 1: Extract

 

 

(manuscripts available via agent)