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Sophia Stuart is a journalist (Cinema Thread, ELLE China, Esquire Mexico, Four Seasons magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, ICG, Red, Refinery29 and Ziff Davis PCMag), writer/director (“Mayfair Brooks“, a 15-part mobile drama for Pocket Gems, and the online scavenger game for 20th Century Fox’s “The Devil Wears Prada”), digital strategist and copywriter (Condé Nast, Hearst, Hollywood Locations, Louise Galvin Haircare, Voltari, and many more) and author of “How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World” (Hay House, 2014), which was featured in “O, The Oprah Magazine”. Sophia lives in Los Angeles but started her career back in London on “The Independent”, the national newspaper that 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”). As a technology commentator, Sophia has written about artificial intelligence and robots at Caltech, DARPA, NASA, Trinity College Dublin, USC Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory and UCLA Biomechatronics as well as interviewing FBI advisors, VFX and espionage experts on major Hollywood movie releases. She is represented by the literary agent Lisa Gallagher.

Fiction:

(manuscript available via agent)

 

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

 

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 scenarios about the possible future via A.I. – here’s a rather more amusing, and thoughtful, take on what might be coming next.

 

Chapter 1: extract

 

(manuscripts available via agent)