Eleni Sophia is 21 year old author and entrepreneur from London, UK. Having published three books, she is now the founder of her own publishing house Perspective Press Global. A publishing house specialising in publishing works of motivation and poetry for those under the age of 20! Eleni Sophia writes poetry, encouraging young women on the importance of self-love and the power of their mindsets. We caught up with Eleni for a candid conversation about her passion for writing.
What or who inspired your love for writing?
I normally write based on personal experience. A lot of the time I hear, ‘but you’re so young! How do you know all this?’ I truly believe ‘experience has no age’, we all go through things so we can learn, evolve, grow and help others- this makes the world go around! Also, funny enough, the definition of my name is wisdom!
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I wrote my first poetry collection after my first heartbreak, I was constantly feeling hurt and it hurt me, even more, knowing other young women possibly didn’t have anyone else to relate to. I took the chance and published ‘Good Morning to Goodnight.’ A poetry collection guiding young women through a process of healing throughout my poetry and teaching them the power of their mindsets!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first ever heartbreak! Funny how beautiful things can flourish from the ‘worst situations.’ I was constantly writing on the ‘notes’ section of my phone so I compiled everything together in a book of poetry so I could help fellow young women possibly going through the same thing.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writers block is a big one! I normally get random ideas at 3 am and this can be so interruptive to my sleeping pattern! But again, writing is something I love so I wouldn’t necessarily say its ‘challenging’, rather it’s nice to let out all emotions- very cathartic indeed 🙂
Did you come across any specific challenges in writing your book? What would you do differently the next time?
Well I’ve published 3 now and I’d say writing my second book, ‘Perspective by Sophia Dearest’ was a tough one; this one is not poetry, rather, a self-help book. I talk a lot about the power of faith, and I simplify the law of attraction- again, a very controversial topic and a lot of research had to go into the book. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, so it literally is one of those ‘you love it or hate it’ kind of books! It has its niche.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’ve always been self-motivated, and I adore the quote, ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ Knowing I have a platform where I can use my voice to impact and empower so many young women all over the globe keeps me going 100%. Also, receiving messages from people who have read my books and knowing the impact I am having, is just phenomenal!
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
It wasn’t much of a story, but I love reading self-development books so ‘The Secret’, 100% Sounds cliché, but it changed my life; knowing I am the creator of my reality, wow! I’m so grateful to have discovered it so young!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually yes haha when I was 11- I had won a competition so a short story of mine was published in a young writers book here in the UK- it was completely fictional and a story about how my mum and I went to Dubai and ate loads and ‘shopped until we dropped!’
Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
Honestly, I cannot sit in one place and write, it’s so strange- my mind goes blank! I normally get ideas at the most random time-so they’re mostly written in the notes section of my phone!
Where is your favorite place to write?
Normally in my bedroom; if an amazing idea comes to mind at 3 am, I grab my phone and start typing away!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
I often get a lot of messages asking me this question. Honestly, just go for it! Stop self-doubting yourself; once you believe in your work, nothing else matters. It is similar to self-love, I say in my book, ‘This One’s for You’ the love you have for yourself sets the foundation for all your other loves. It is similar to self-belief, once you believe in your work, everyone else will too! Take that leap, if you never try, you never know!
What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction so I have to say living and manifesting an amazing life on your terms through the art of visualization and affirmations 🙂
Find more snippets of her work on her Instagram here:
Good Morning to Goodnight 1st poetry book:
‘This One’s for You’ 2nd poetry book:
Perspective Press Global: