Interview with Sofia Ellis, Author of Trying New Hats

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Trying on New Hats Book CoverBook Description

Boston born and bred Poppy Parker gets thrown for a loop when the promotion she has been promised for two years is given to someone else. Meanwhile, her fiancé accepts a job offer in Hong Kong without consulting her and postpones their wedding.


So when she finds a postcard from Paris with a message written by an aunt she didn’t know existed, she can’t think of a reason to not book a seat on the next flight to France.


Poppy has worn the dutiful daughter and supportive sister hat for as long as she can remember, the loyal employee hat for her entire professional career, and the patient fiancée hat since she started dating the man she is supposed to marry, a man who is already married to his job.


It’s time for her to try some new hats on for size. In the process, she uncovers long-buried family secrets and a chance at true love if she is brave enough to take it.




Author Interview


What inspired you to come up with the idea for your book?

Trying New Hats was born from a dream about Paris. It is the most romantic city in the world. What could be a better setting for a romance?


Do you have a favorite scene? If so, what was it?

I’d have to say that my favorite scene is when Poppy Parker, the main character, realizes that there is nothing stopping her from booking a flight to France. She really can click the “book flight” button on the laptop screen in front of her and then be on her way across the Atlantic. It’s the start of a thoroughly unexpected journey for her. And who doesn’t love new beginnings? Anything can happen!


Is there a character you’d trade places with? If so, why?

Well, of course I wouldn’t mind hopping on that flight to France with Poppy. Paris is such a spellbinding city. Having said this, the wonderful thing about being an avid reader is that I get to travel from the comfort of my own home on a daily basis, experiencing places across the globe without leaving my favorite armchair. Books really are the gifts that keep on giving.


Any challenges in writing this book?

I think every story comes with its own set of challenges. There are so many decisions to be made in between “Chapter 1” and “The End”. For this particular story, the biggest challenge was coming up with the right ending.


How would you describe a perfect heroine?

She would be imperfect. All of us have unique strengths as well as weaknesses. No one is perfect. So a perfect heroine, in my opinion, is someone who is human with a flaw or two, just like the rest of us. She is someone we can root for.


What other books have you written?

I’ve written two other novels: “A Size Too Small” and “Someone Else’s Shoes”. They’re both complete stand-alone novels but some of the characters from the first book make guest appearances in the second and third.


Author Bio


Author Sofia EllisSofia Ellis loves sunny summer days, books and movies that end with the promise of happily ever after, and, above all, spending time with her family. She also enjoys drinking coffee while writing. Without the invigorating powers of caffeine, she wouldn’t get much done.




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