We are very happy to have author Sophie Jordan here at Book Lovers Inc today. The final novel in her Penwich School for Virtuous Girls series, Wicked Nights with a Lover, will be released tomorrow and she is here to tell us a bit about herself, her writing and her historical romance series. Please give her a warm welcome. And be sure to stay tuned till the end, because brought a surprise for one reader.
BLI: Sophie can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Sophie: I’m the author of historical romance novels and young adult fiction for HarperCollins, as well as paranormal romance for Pocket. I’m fortunate to be doing what I love in life — writing stories I love and raising a wonderful family in the process.
BLI: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Sophie: As I write for three different houses/imprints, I can be doing multiple things at once — working on copy for a book at one house, revising a manuscript for another, and drafting an outline/proposal for a third. Meanwhile, I’m hauling kids around and cooking meals like any other mom.
BLI: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Sophie: I’d say a real Book Lover owns more books than anything else (be it books in the hand or downloaded books). Anything! Jewelry, socks, hairbands!
BLI: You are a published author in three really different genres, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance. Why did you decide to write in all three genres and what are their specials appeals for you as a writer?
Sophie: I became a writer because I loved to read … I loved to read so much that I started inventing my own stories in my head — and I simply thought it would be cool to earn a living doing something I love. I’ve always read across genres. It’s only natural that the stories I invented in my head would cross genres, too. I follow my interests and my interests run in many directions. However, there’s a common thread in all the genres that I write — romance is at the core of everything.
BLI: Your new book is the final installment in your Penwich School for Virtuous Girls series. What are your books about?
Sophie: Eack of the three Penwich books features an underprivledged girl who attended the Penwich School for Virtuous girls. The three girls (Fallon, Evelyn and Marguerite) formed friendships at the school. They grew up together and entered into service and each book highlights their love story with an unlikely hero — someone rich, privledged and hot!
BLI: Your novels are described as “A wonderful Victorian romantic adventure”. What do you think makes them so adventurous?
Sophie: Well, the adventure is mostly the emotional journey of the characters — the push and pull between the heroine and hero. My heroines are by no means Indiana Jones, but any woman who pushes bondaries and fights for her freedom and happiness during the Victorian era is an adventurer to me.
BLI: What can we expect of Wicked Nights with a Lover?
Sophie: It’s my “bucket list” book! I’ve always wanted to write a historical heroine who believes, with good reason, that she will be soon dead. Well, Marguerite finds herself in this very scenario, and, oh my! The things she will do!!
BLI: Your heroine Marguerite Laurent lives with the conviction that she won’t survive the end of the year. She wants to make the best of her remaining days. What kind of person is she really?
Sophie: She’s mostly been living a safe, dormant existence until she learns her time is running out. It wakes her up to the reality of her life and what it is she wants to accomplish before dying. I’d say she’s very brave and bold.
BLI: Your hero Ash Courtland is on a journey of vengeance. He abducts Marguerite to pay her father back what he did to Ash’s life. What made him do it? Was he always such a temperamental person? What makes him tick?
Sophie: Well, I don’t want to give away too much … I’ll just say he’s lived a hard life. He started out running around the slums of London doing anything he could to survive. He’s not going to lose everything he worked so hard for. He’s relentless … but how sweet it will be when he falls to his knees for love.
BLI: Will there be more books in this series? And if yes what can you tell us about them.
Nope. This is it. Time to move on to something new. You’ll meet my next heroine (Grier) in WICKED NIGHTS WITH A LOVER. She’s an extraordinary person. You won’t miss her!
BLI: What is next on your schedule? Are you working on any other projects we should keep our eyes open for?
Sophie: My next release will be Grier’s book, WICKED IN YOUR ARMS. Following that is the second book in my Firelight series, VANISH.
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 11th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.