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Saturday, 2 December, 2023

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I met Sophie Kinsella in Hamburg. In this Interview she will tell us something about her travel styles, her favorite destinations and about the meaning of “keep it simple”.

To tell you the truth I only knew I would have the opportunity to meet Sophie Kinsella one day before. I’m a really big fan of her books. I love reading them. They make me laugh and they are absolutely entertaining. The Sophie Kinsella Books I read so far gave me always positive vibes.

I met my friend Katrin from “in bed with” at the Hyatt. We were there together to do the Interviews for her and my channel. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time and my tons of questions had to stay in my laptop. 😉  But we were really really lucky because her publisher gave us the opportunity (very spontaneous) to meet her. We knew Sophie was busy every minute she would stay in Hamburg.

What did I expect?

I don’t know. I know for sure that I never expected someone like her. Sophie Kinsella totally impressed me. Besides the fact that she is absolutely lovely. Sophie Kinsella is heartily and quick-witted. Every question we asked her was so naturally answered and fast too. She never really had to think about it.

We were sitting on her bed at the Park Hyatt in Hamburg. Sounds kind of crazy but it’s not. Because right after my Interview she was having her Interview with Katrin.

Even if we had time pressure she was totally relaxed and jokingly. You never had the feeling you have to hurry or anything like that.

Sophie Kinsella, Claudia Scheffler-Perrone

Sophie Kinsella, Claudia Scheffler-Perrone

If you wouldn’t be a writer what would you be?

In my fantasy I would be a singer/songwriter and travel the world. Musik is such a gift. And it would be such a cool life. Singing your own songs and seeing the world.

In reality I would be probably a Kindergarden Teacher. I love kids and I love all that things you can do together with children like painting, counting, reading or singing songs.

What are your 5 must-have travel pieces?

Creme de la Mer

Eye mask (I can’t sleep without my eye mask).

Pen and Paper (because at odd hours I have some creative ideas).

Credit Card ( this is absolutely essential)

Great pair of shoes (because you never know if you will have an extraordinary event or a party).

What is your favorite travel destination?

I love the States. Especially the landscapes of the Mid West. I’ve traveled with my family and we really enjoyed it. All the typical Diner or Pancake-Houses.

But I really really love New York. New York has such an energy. It is a city that never sleeps and it will never be boring for me.

Do you have any travel Styling Tips?

Keep it simple.

Travel with things that goes all along with each other. Don’t put some pair of shoes in your suitcase what doesn’t fit to anything you brought. Or try not to put too many layers if you travel with the plane. Another great thing I discovered two years ago – neoprene. I love it. Dresses and skirts! It just pops out of your bag and it looks fabulous.
Try also to think before packing about colors. Maybe take three colors like grey, pink and black. You can mix them with almost everything.

Must-have Styling Piece?

When I was at the set for the movie “Confessions of a shopaholic” I learned a lot. Patricia Field was the Costume Designer. I loved every piece she selected. But there was one thing I learned. You have to have two really good things: a belt and a coat. The belt can upgrade almost every Outfit. It gives you the little “it”. The other piece is the coat. During the winter now one sees what you wear under your coat. So you can wear maybe just a simple pair of black pants and a turtle neck but you will stand out with a fabulous coat. People will see you and say: “Wow, this looks stunning”. So invest the money in this two things and you will be always right.

What is your motto?

Onwards and Upwards

Thank you very much Sophie. It was a pleasure to meet you. 

Sophie Kinsella (c) Privat

Sophie Kinsella (c) Privat

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella was in Hamburg to promote her new book:

Sophie Kinsella - Shopaholic & Family

Sophie Kinsella – Shopaholic & Family (German Cover)

I’ve asked her if she had a series in mind when she first wrote about Rebecca Bloomwood. She didn’t. But she had so many ideas for her and her life that she hoped the book would be successful. And it did. When they asked her to write a series she was incredibly happy. The concept is working. We all are looking forward what will happen this time to her and her family.

Do you want her own words?


Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

Do you want to know more about her? You have definitely to check out the Video of “in bed with Sophie Kinsella”. You will love her even more.

“In bed with Sophie Kinsella”

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Christine Leger June 17, 2016 at 9:14 am

Its always nice to put a name and personality to travel site. Great questions btw, a reader can’t always get into the head of the writter without asking more personal questions

    nonsoloamore June 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you so much Christine for your support. It’s great to have a positive feedback of what you do.

Blair Villanueva June 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Oh my God, it’s Sophie Kinsella! I’m such a huge fan of hers 🙂 Now I feel jealous of you, sister! Hehehe I love her books, and I’m a happy proud book-buyer here 😀

    nonsoloamore June 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hahaha!! YES you really can be jealous because she is also a really great person. 😉 I was so happy meeting her in person.

Courtney Jones June 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

So lucky that you were able to meet Sophie! I remember the first book I read of hers (Undomestic Goddess) and I literally couldn’t stop laughing on the train; people around me though I was totally nuts! I also think Rebecca Bloomwood is my spirit animal!

Great interview! I had fun reading it ?

Anne June 18, 2016 at 4:47 am

I’m fangirling over this interview! I love her books so, so much and it is nice to have some more insight into one of my favourite author’s life. Her clever and sharp writing style made me fall in love with chic-lit. She was also the first author I ever saw use first-person present tense (this was much before the whole YA tidal wave). I will definitely be checking out her new book! 🙂

Liana June 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

I love Sophie Kinsella, and I reall all of her books! For me, she’s one of the most amazing, funny author out there. I can’t believe you met her, and that’s such an amazing experience. As for her answers, I totally get the whole New York favorite place vibe – it’s def one of my favorite place in the world. Settling there take some courage but I bet it worth the drive!

karen278 June 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

I LOVE all of her books and so this is amazing, that you got to meet her in person! My favourite book of hers was the VERY first Shopaholic book, it still makes me laugh all these years later! Karen

    nonsoloamore June 20, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Yes this happens to me as well with some of her books. I can read them again and still lough about that.

Kristin S. July 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

For shame I’ve never read her. I will have to change that.

    nonsoloamore July 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I love her books. Especially when I’m on vacation this is a great way to relax and have fun reading it.

Toni Frazer July 30, 2016 at 12:50 am

What a great article! Some great tips she shared! I love Sophie’s books. How amazing that you actually got to meet her! So jealous!

    nonsoloamore July 31, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you Toni! Yes I love her books too. 🙂

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