Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. Her father was a Mississippi-born steelworker who never learned how to read and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who always made sure there were books in the house. As a result of her mother's attentions, Sophfronia was able to read long before she started school. That early push set her on an academic path that led her straight to Harvard University.
Just one month after graduating in 1988 Sophfronia went to work for Time Magazine. She started off as a researcher but, in early 1990, she and colleague David Gross conceived a cover story that came to be known as "Twentysomething". They became the magazine's youngest cover story writers and in the process sparked a worldwide social examination of the phenomenon then known as Generation X.
Steady on her course, Sophfronia moved to People Magazine in 1995 where she immediately began organizing the constellation of celebrities. She wrote about the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and John F. Kennedy Jr. for the ever-popular special issues: The 50 Most Beautiful People, Sexiest Man Alive and The 25 Most Intriguing People. By 2000 she started separating the fashion icons from the fashion victims as People's Style Watch editor. She also represented the magazine in numerous television appearances on CNN, "Entertainment Tonight" and E! The Entertainment Network. Sophfronia also served as Senior Entertainment Editor at Teen People Magazine.
Sophfronia's first novel, "All I Need to Get By," was published by St. Martin's Press in 2004 and has been on bestseller lists and the topic of much discussion at book clubs across the country. Sophfronia was nominated for the African American Literary Awards as best new author and hailed by no less than Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as potentially "one of the best writers of her generation."
Thanks to her online marketing, viral marketing, publicity and visibility strategies, Sophfronia has garnered speaking invitations for major events around the country, was featured in People and Essence magazines and interviewed by Investors Business Daily, BBC Radio, and Black Enterprise magazine. She's been published in three Chicken Soup for the Soul books, joining the long line of distinguished writers in these books that have sold more than 60 million copies. She has also contributed to Forty Things to Do When You Turn Forty (Sellers Publishing, 2007). She recently completed her second novel and earned an MFA in creative writing, fiction and nonfiction, from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Sophfronia is a member of the Author's Guild and the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the Mile-High MFA in Writing program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.