You have a friend here


~Caine Davies~

Little John, you fret so much. What will be will be

We do not know what the future holds, or if we can be free

You are too talented to be here, your gift is wasted I know

If we aspire to better things, perhaps we’ll get a chance to go

I could not cope without you, do not leave me here alone

The walls inside this building are our only chance of a home

Have you never thought of marriage, having a decent woman on your arm?

Your face has changed, you have turned pale. Did I cause you some alarm?

Do not tell me you are ugly, we are young and  you are  shy

But time is on your side, John. You will spread your wings and fly

John, you have a friend here; you can always rely on me

Events might turn reality upside down. Let us wait and see.

© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

The Repulsive Reflection

With chilblains on his fingers and an icicle nose

John McGrath thought of those

Who were seemingly worse off than he

Living on the streets with no company

The beggars with nowhere to turn

And lonely people who always yearned

For a friend or a helping hand

A kind face willing to reprimand

John McGrath was not so poor

Yet of himself he was unsure;

He loathed the reflection gazing at him

With cutting cheekbones and pointy chin

He was a creature, what had he become?

Something drastic had to be done.


© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016


Kith And Kin- an August writing update.

August update

My second (full) draft of ‘Kith And Kin’ is now completed and stands at 84,611 words. I cannot begin to express how much I think it has improved since my (quite frankly poor) first draft. This second attempt helped me to get a better insight into my characters, and I managed to whittle the lengthy start down to about half. Ending the book was the hardest thing for me, and in all honesty, I was tempted to carry it on for longer.

My new book cover

I have been umming and aaahing over book covers for the past couple of weeks. Although my novel is not at ‘full completion’ stage yet, I have been toying with a few ideas. The first image I created was this:










I have to admit that I love the image. It was an original one, created by my sister Lucy. After researching the symbolism of moths, I found that they had links to death and growth, two of the main themes in my book. I love the image, but I was worried that people would not be able to see those links. Instead; I plan to put this moth either on the back of the eBook or on the first inside page. I felt that I needed something ‘tailor related’ as ‘Kith and Kin’ is the tale of eighteen year old John McGrath, a cotton mill worker who strives for more in his life.

With the help of my sister, Lucy (who has art and photography skills) we came up with this second image. I prefer the softer tones, but agree (after receiving feedback) that the font probably needs to be bolder and darker. This image reminds me of the titles during some of the costume dramas that I have seen, particularly the 1983 Jane Eyre mini-series.

Kith and Kin- better cover









Completion date?

Ideally, I would like to have this book up on Amazon in September- late Autumn. I am currently looking for more beta readers, and debating doing another re-draft depending on what kind of feedback I receive. Until then, I plan to continue writing related poetry and will post regular updates on my Facebook and Twitter pages.


Twitter- @SE_BownsFiction


© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

Cruel Deeds

If there ever was a critter, Francis Hopps was one

What makes a learned man cruel, wasn’t he ashamed of what he’d become?

He seemed to have no heart, and if he did it was made from stone

Why did he belittle his workers, couldn’t he leave them alone?

Time catches up with people, be careful what you do

Because bad people pay a penance, cruel deeds catch up with you

It might take days or weeks or years

Until blemishes in a personality start to appear

But Francis Hopps had dug a grave, events would affect his mind

Time indeed had caught him, the past haunted him inside.


Quick update-

My second draft of ‘Kith And Kin’ is nearing completion, and I hope to release the novel on kindle in the early Autumn. Until then, I intend to post some related poetry as ‘appetisers.’ Keep your eyes peeled for more updates.


© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

The Underhand


He fretted about the future and how bitter he had become

John regretted opening his mouth, saying things he should not have done

He loathed the clothes upon his back, he felt useless and what was more

This job was an unbearable punishment or a destiny to be sure

John was just a mill boy, bound by misfortune or fate

Hated because his name was tarnishing at an increasing rate

He was punished for his actions and John did not understand;

Why he lay forgotten at the bottom of a pile. He always had the underhand.


©Sophie Bowns 2011-2016

July update- My latest novel “Kith And Kin”

I’d firstly like to write a quick apology for almost completely abandoning this WordPress page this year. I have been distracted by my latest novel, “Kith And Kin.” I am currently 76,232 words through my second draft and hope it will be completed within the next month… this space!

What is “Kith And Kin?”
Kith and Kin centres around my male antagonist, John McGrath who the reader meets as a frightened eighteen year old. He is trapped in his line of work during the industrial revolution in nineteenth century Britain. I feel that he is a likeable character, unlike Jude Reed; the protagonist of my previous novel, ‘The Defeatist.’ It is a piece that I have been playing around with for a while. I started writing it last year, but felt that it was lacking something and not going anywhere, so I put it to bed. On revisiting it a year later, and completely re-writing it, I feel confident so far. (I hope to release it as an E-book within the next five months.)

-Thank you for your patience.


“The Defeatist” is free to download on your kindle, 23/5/16

The Defeatist actual kindle image

It has actually been a while since I have used my WordPress account, mainly because I have been focusing a great deal on my new novel, ‘Kith And Kin’ which I aim to release later this year…. stay tuned.

Why should you download ‘The Defeatist’?

It’s quite simple, really. All new authors have to start somewhere. I have been writing for almost five years, yet I am not brave enough to look into the traditional publishing route. Instead, I have opted to use Kindle Direct Publishing to upload my books for people to purchase for a small donation on Amazon. Thousands of new books are uploaded to Amazon every, single day causing the ones which are already on there to disappear further into the abyss. I fear that ‘The Defeatist’ has been lost a little bit, however I am grateful to the 15 people who have reviewed it on Amazon so far.

What is ‘The Defeatist’ actually about?

The Defeatist tells the tale of a troubled 30-year-old man called Jude Reed. In the beginning of the novel, he makes one, drastic decision which might make the reader shake their head in disgust or label Jude as attention seeking. In short, he was desperate. Jude begins the story depressed and self-loathing until he meets Tiffany, a young woman with dread-locked hair who seems to be the polar opposite to him. Together, with Tiffany’s unusual ability they attempt to mend together the broken pieces of Jude’s life.

Where can you download it?

As of TODAY (and just for today- 23.5.16) ‘The Defeatist’ is FREE on Amazon. You can download your copies here. Thank you for your support!🙂










©Sophie Bowns 2011-2016



Book Review: The Defeatist connect dots of life

Vishal Bheeroo

Book Review: The Defeatist

Author: Sophie Bowns

Released on: April 19, 2015

The Defeatist Credit:


“Nothing else matters by metallica starts to play and I cannot help but smile. It’s one of the most unlikely funeral songs.”

Have you fancied your own death or after life? Author Sophie Bowns addresses the questions in this journey of self introspection surrounding one’s death, the pain of leaving your loved ones in distress and the afflictions in the current life where one faces dilemma , identity crisis as well as social rejection. Torn between the love for dear ones and living your own life in a fearless manner often leads to human conflict. The author traces a passionate journey on love, human identity, pain and fighting one’s battle in a sensitive manner.


Sometimes you don’t realize the mess you’ve made until you hit rock bottom. My life is a car crash, and the…

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A quick update and an excerpt from my new novel.

A quick apology
Hello everyone. I feel like I have completely abandoned my WordPress site over the past few months while I have been deciding what to do. However, I have a new novel in the pipeline, so watch this space!

New novel idea-
I hate that ‘in between’ stage of writing novels. I finished and uploaded ‘The Defeatist’  to Amazon in April this year and it took me a good five months before I felt ready to even attempt to write fiction again. Personally, I think that I was trying too hard to come up with a new idea. My new novel is called ‘Kith & Kin’ . I don’t want to give away too much, with the exception of this small extract. I hope that you like it and I would be grateful for any feedback.