It is with great pleasure that we here at RomFan Reviews welcome New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, who has been kind enough to take a break from her busy schedule to sit down and spend a little time with us. Welcome Sabrina I am a huge fan of your work. I can actually say I have almost all your books and always get excited when I find a new one coming out.
QUESTION: Yesterday was the big release day for A Hellion in Her Bed, which is the second book in your Hellions of Halstead Hall series. Can you tell us a little about the book?
SABRINA: It concerns the second oldest of the Sharpe siblings, Jarret. He agrees to run the family’s brewery for a year if Grandmother Hetty rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when a woman named Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he has to help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she has to spend a night in his bed. The outcome of their wager then threatens to destroy all of Jarret’s plans, as well as possibly unveiling the secret Annabel has kept close all these years.
QUESTION: With book one we read about Oliver Sharpe who appeared in School for Heiresses series, and I believe Minerva’s story is next to be released in January—w ill we also see Gabriel and Celia with their own stories?
SABRINA: Oh, yes, they’ll both have books. I’m already plotting Gabe’s, since I’m writing it next.
QUESTION: What gave you the inspiration to begin writing?
SABRINA: From age 9 on, believe it or not, I read romances, but I only wrote poetry and short stories until grad school. In college I decided I wanted to be a writer, but I thought the best route to that was to go to grad school in English, become a professor so I could have a paying job, and then try to publish stories and poetry. Somehow the academic work took over. Then while I was a visiting assistant professor of English at Tulane University, I sat down to develop a publishable academic work based on my dissertation about James Joyce and found it so boring that I started writing a novel instead. After a while, I realized I was writing a romance novel. It didn't sell, but the next one did, and I've been writing ever since.
QUESTION: Do you do research of the era that your books are based? And how much time to do spend doing research for your books?
SABRINA: I generally have to do research related to everyday life in the period, depending on what will be covered in my book. I research the main events of the year of my setting. I pore over maps of the area of my setting and try to find out information about the flora and fauna of the area. I also regularly use a Regency thesaurus. I don’t know how long it takes me, because most of my research I do while I’m writing the book. I wait until I need to know something, and then I spend time looking it up. But trust me, it’s a considerable amount of time.
QUESTION: I am sure with your schedule there is no such thing as free time, but when you manage to squeeze some time for yourself in what are some things you enjoy doing?
SABRINA: Nothing relaxes me more than a good jigsaw puzzle, believe it or not. My idea of heaven is being able to do nothing but puzzles for a couple of days. I also watch way too much TV, I swim or walk for exercise, I read a variety of books, and I make jewelry. I do some traveling, not as much as I’d like, but I do like visiting new places.
QUESTION: Who are some of your favorite authors you enjoy reading?
SABRINA: I enjoy so many it’s hard to name them all, but a few of them include Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught, Loretta Chase, Mary Jo Putney, Rexanne Becnel, Liz Carlyle, Claudia Dain, Deb Marlowe, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Philips, Elizabeth Lowell . . . I could go on for quite a while.
QUESTION: Some readers may not know that your son, Nick, was diagnosed with autism and you have become a big advocate for helping people understand exactly what autism is and how people can learn more about it. Where can readers find more information?
SABRINA: There’s a link on my website (in the author section) that talks all about Nick and autism. There are also links on the page that may help people find more useful information about the disorder. Just go here. (use this URL to link : www.sabrinajeffries.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=author&pageID=19)
QUESTION: How can readers contact you and learn more about your books?
SABRINA: I have a website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/, which has all kinds of tidbits about my books as well as a sign-up form for my fun monthly newsletter. I’m also on Facebook, and we’re working on a free Iphone app for me (it is already available for Android phones; Iphone users should see it in the Iphone app store this week). And I regularly participate in The Goddess Blogs (http://www.thegoddessblogs.com/), which is a fun group of 10 bestselling romance authors who blog together. No matter how you find me, I always enjoy hearing from readers!
In honor of this week’s release of A Hellion in Her Bed, I have a collectible Hellion in Her Bed deck of cards and an autographed copy of my first book in The Hellion of Halstead Hall series, The Truth About Lord Stoneville, for one commentor today!
Thank you so much Sabrina for spending some time with us. It was a pleasure having you here, and we hope you come back again real soon. We will be drawing a winner for the great prizes Sabrina is offering on Sunday, September 26 so make sure you leave a comment to get a chance to win.