It’s About Time for Sophie E Tallis

One amazing artist interviews another amazing author… what could be better?

Gemma Beynon

Last year at BristolCon, I had the good fortune and pleasure to meet author and illustrator Sophie E Tallis in the art room, where she was exhibiting her fantastic pencil portraits, silk paintings and incredibly detailed fantasy maps. 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 2017 and for Diane Magras’s ‘The Mad Wolf’s Daughter’ by Penguin Random House, published 2018, for which she…

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When in doubt… try again…

As I said in my last post, I’m in the doldrums a little over my work… so I decided to republish “The Tower and The Eye” series  with the last set of editions – and realised that “Nightbringer” had never actually been published by itself – just as the omnibus edition!

So all five individual books are now available on Kindle. I’ll eventually sort out print covers for them too, and republish the Omnibus ed. Audiobooks are a world that I am exploring currently so I’m working on those too…

If you’re interested in the kindle books, just click on the cover banner up there ^ and it’ll take you to my author page.

Another project that I am working on this year (as well as all the WIPs) is the illustration of “Author & Muse Stories”. I’m doing it for Inktober 2018 and will be posting the completed pages in my Fan Group on Facebook. I’m under no illusions about this – the stories themselves took seconds to write (they’re dialogue heavy, flash stories) but illustrating them will probably take a lot longer!

As a preview, here’s one that I attempted earlier in the year:

I’m not massively keen on this style of page or drawing. so it’s not the way the book is going to be exactly, but it gives you an idea of what I’m trying to do.

As far as the pieces of writing that I’ve been working on this year are concerned, I’ll be continuing “Curious World” for NaNoWriMo in November and trying to finish “Teacups & Time Travel” as well as “Curse of The Jade Cat“.

The latter story already has a cover, done by Author’s Assembler, but until I’ve finished the story and started on the edits, I’m not going to do a cover reveal. So keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Well, that’s it for now… see you later!