Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Sophy Layzell

Busy mom Sophy Layzell is an inspirational fantasy author living in Somerset, UK.

Her outstanding debut novel “Measure of Days” is about a hero’s struggle in a world that has been consumed by the fears and agonies of a deadly global virus. The novel has contemporary themes that include untrustworthy authorities, suspicious anti-vaxers, a paranoid citizenry, and all-powerful drug conglomerates that call “all the shots.” The topical feel of “Measure of Days” is even more amazing when you understand that the novel was written & published long before any of us knew anything about Covid! The story has been described as “lyrical, imaginative, and fast-paced” and it has a dystopian “feel” that has pleased fans of “The Hunger Games.”

Sophy Layzell

Sophy is also a talented artist/designer specializing in lino printing (a printmaking technique) and also finds time to lead drama workshops for youth ages 6-16 in the Chard and Taunton area of Somerset.

In 2013 Sophy set up the Jemima Layzell Trust which helps children with acquired brain injuries and conducts organ transplant awareness campaigns. In 2015, the far-famed librettist for “War Horse” and third Children’s Laureate (2003 to 2005) Sir Michael Morpurgo become the Trust’s Patron.

Sophy’s daughter Jemima holds the UK record for most organ transplant recipients. Since the death of her daughter, Sophy has created the Trust in her name and has courageously raised funds for it ever since.

Sophy’s next book “Upon All Men” is coming soon!

To learn more about Sophy and her journey into writing and how she balances so many skills and undertakings while at the same time finding (precious) time to write, listen to my motivational interview with her on Myth & Magic Episode 83 (available on all platforms )


Interview with author Mark Bradford Myth and Magic

Mark Bradford is the Wisconsin based author of The Sword and the Sunflower. Mark is also a work-life & work-relationship coach, a podcaster, a public speaker, and a UAV pilot! His recent post-dystopian fiction title explores the aftermath of a catastrophe. It has been described by readers as "complex and interesting…" Find out more about this 'complex and interesting' author here on Myth and Magic!
  1. Interview with author Mark Bradford
  2. Interview with Annie Mydla, literary scholar and contest judge
  3. Interview with Jon DiSavino
  4. Interview with Chris Porter
  5. Inteview with P. Grace Lawson

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: