On Sophie's writing
“These stories offer glimpses of a raw and beautiful humanity and resonate with profound truths. Sophie Stocking's writing embodies the wild heart of a poet and the thoughtful eye of a cinematographer. Her words are alchemy, turning the familiar into the extraordinary.“
- Dymphny Dronyck
and Other Stories
From a technical standpoint and from the point of pure enjoyment, this collection of stories is moving and incredibly powerful. The writing is beautiful and the stories carry you along effortlessly, giving you intimate and touching glimpses into the tender and scoured lives of everyday people.”
Hollay Ghadery | Goodreads
"Sophie Stocking's Corridor Nine is a brilliant exploration of guilt and remorse, the conflicted emotions elicited by the death of a father who was both angel and gorgon. Blackly comic and hilariously revelatory, this story faces head-on the challenges of parental nourishment and neglect. Combining domestic conflagration with powerful enlightenment, it performs a song of generous forgiveness. A mesmerizing novel." - Aritha van Herk
For Sophie Stocking, stories don’t only happen “over there” in some exotic locale, but right here in our own unique everyday neighborhoods. Mystery resides beneath the mundane however, coming to light through the cracks in character’s lives, and how the natural world infiltrates the urban spaces where they live. Sophie writes accessible literary fiction seasoned with a dash of magic realism. She delves into dark themes of family dysfunction, maternity and career, addiction and suicide. Yet humour, and hope are not exempt from these pivot points in the lives of ordinary people, the uncharted spaces between parent and child, and the protective force of nature.
Sophie Stocking can be found digging in her garden, driving her children around, cooking a lot, and walking her two bad dogs. But when not juggling all the details typical of a human life, in the quiet space of early morning, or while waiting in the car, or when they all go fishing, she writes. Her debut novel Corridor Nine was published by Thistledown Press in 2019, followed by her debut collection Walking Leonard and Other Stories, published by Guernica Editions 2021.
Musings on nature and the art and craft of writing