Sonia Velton has been a solicitor in Hong Kong, a Robert Schuman Scholar in Luxembourg and spent eight years being a full-time Mum of three in Dubai. She now lives in Kent.
Her debut novel, Blackberry and Wild Rose, tells the story of a fictional household of master silk weavers living in eighteenth century Spitalfields. The protagonist is loosely inspired by Anna Maria Garthwaite who was the foremost silk designer of the mid-eighteenth century and the title takes its name from one of her designs.
The novel was shortlisted as a work in progress for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2015 and longlisted for the Myslexia Novel Competition. It is being published by Quercus in January 2019 in the UK and by Blackstone in the US. It will also be published in Germany by Goldmann (Random House) and in France by Livre de Poche.
Sonia Velton is represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens Ltd.