“As I stare at it, I can feel little invisible strings,silently tugging me toward it. I have to touch it. I have to wear it. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.”
Confessions of a Shopaholic
"When I was writing the first Shopaholic book I remember thinking: ‘Well, I think like this... but does anyone else think like this?’ It turns out they do, which is amazing! I'm so grateful to all of you for taking Becky to your hearts, for following her adventures and having fun with her.
I feel very connected to my readers – it’s as if we all ‘know’ Becky, we have the same sense of humour and outlook on life. When I travel around the world and meet readers face to face, I feel as though we’re all somehow in a club – the Friends of Becky club. So a big wave from me to all FOBs!"
"I get a real buzz from writing the standalone novels and I think it's because it's all new - I get to create a new heroine, give her new situations, explore new issues, put her in all new comedy moments and give her all the most embarassing scenes I can! Plus, I get to invent a brand-new hero - because my job is really hard like that - and have a new romance! I love Becky and Luke, don’t get me wrong, but they've met - they've had that initial frisson - boy meets girl - that's happened. When I write a stand-alone, I can have that all over again, and it's really exciting!"
"Before I was Sophie Kinsella, I was Madeleine Wickham. In fact, that’s my real name! I started off my writing career with a series of novels which are rather different from my Sophie Kinsella books. They’re a bit more serious, a bit darker and are all ensemble pieces without a main heroine, but groups of characters whose lives interlink in some way. I loved writing them, and am very happy when readers write and tell me that they have enjoyed my ‘alter ago’."