About

Hi, I'm Sophie, novelist, writer of children's books and developer of audiovisual stories @ the creative content agency The Whale & The Butterfly. I published seven books and am working on some more. 

My debut The Girl with nine wigs tells the story of my battle against my illness through help of my nine wigs. The book travelled much further than I could have ever imagined. It was published in over 20 countries and adapted into a movie. Currently, Alibaba is developing a Chinese remake. My last novel, The possibility of you, portrays the lovestory of two millennials, dealing with lonesomeness and unrealized dreams in the era of social media. It takes place in Paris. 

Today I write mostly for and about nature. In collaboration with the WWF Netherlands I published the audio story The Whispering Forest, in support of their campaign to help protect the last primary and untouched forests of Europe. In support of Sea Shepherd, I published The Girl And The Shark, inspired by my real life shark hero Cristina Zenato. And just now, in the Summer of 2023, I published my first childrens book, titled Shark Heroes, at Fontaine Publishers. You can read more about the book and its heroes on this site. Soon I will start its sequel; Whale Warriors.

For direct orders of The Girl And The Shark you can drop me an email at sophie@thegirlandtheshark.com. Or when in New York, pay a visit to bookshop McNally Jackson and find your copy there.   

Thank you for visiting! 🦈



Sophie van der Stap