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Sophie E. Tallis


Bristol born Sophie E Tallis lives in Gloucestershire with her four white wolves. She’s been a practising artist for over 20 years, has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and a Post-Grad in Education, was a teacher for 16 years and has been a freelance illustrator for the last 6 years, including working for HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and as an Artist-in-Residence for Oxford University.

Sophie has illustrated 15 books so far, specialising in hand drawn detailed pen & ink illustrations and fantasy maps, including creating the fantasy maps for Anna Stephen’s Godblind and Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives, both published by HarperVoyager last year and for Diane Magras’s The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Penguin Random House, published 2018.

She is also a published author with BFS Award winning independent press, Grimbold Books, has been a full member of The Society of Authors and ALCS since 2013 and was an author/illustrator in the 2015 Cirencester Literary Festival. Her epic fantasy debut, White Mountain, the first of her Darkling Chronicles trilogy was re-published in December 2014 by Grimbold Books. She is still writing the sequel, Darkling Rise and has had a number of stories published including her sci-fi short story Silent Running featured in acclaimed anthology, Fight Like A Girl published by Kristell Ink in 2016, and The Orphan and the Iron Troll, a dark fairytale in anthology, Shadows of the Oak, published December 2016 by Tenebris Books.

Sophie is a shortlisted nominee in the 2018 British Fantasy Awards in the Best Artist category.

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