The girl with nine wigs wasn't planned. When I was 21, I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and was immediately admitted to the hospital. Overnight, my life changed.
Time was a difficult thing to handle, death was looming but boredom within the hospital walls was too... Somewhere in the midst of this struggle, I picked up a pen and couldn’t put it down. After a year of chemo & wigs, my diary was quite voluminous. It became a book and I became a writer.
The original title written on the cover of my notebook was “Four Wigs”, referring to the number of wigs I had collected at the time. With the expansion of my collection of wigs, the title kept changing, until my treatment and my book were finished: Nine Wigs. From the hospital I sent out a few pages to a newspaper and a few days later I signed a contract with a publishing house.
Wearing wigs started as a nightmare. However, as some nightmares strangely do, my wigs turned into something good. They gave me the space to explore who I was, or at least, didn't want to be. They helped me cope and forget. They heped me say, fu*k this, now it's time to dance.
The Girl With Nine Wigs has been published in 25 countries and was made into a German movie. The book was nominated for a Dutch Literary Award and Sophie has received several heroic awards for her story. On a TEDx conference she spoke about her story.