Interview: Author Sophie Jordan + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Interview , Sophie Jordan , The Geeky Lover Posted on November 30, 2010 @ 7:00 am 26 comments
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.

Sophie: 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.


Sophie is offering a signed copy of Wicked Nights with a  Lover to 1 lucky commenter.

All you have to do is ask Sophie a question
or leave a meaningful comment about the interview.

Please leave us a way to contact you
(email in blogger profile or twitter name-
no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open to US/Can only.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 11th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • lady reader November 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hi. My question for Sophie:

    I was just wondering out of all the genres that you write, (Young Adult, Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance) is there one in particular that you favor more? (Writing that is.) And do you enjoy reading one more than the other?
    Also, do you ever get mixed up when writing several novels at once? Such as intermingle characters into the wrong storyline?

    Thanks for letting me ask my question(s). I think Sophie is a fabulous writer and I look forward to more of her work!

    Have a great day!

  • RK Charron November 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hi Sophie 🙂
    Thank you for the interview.
    I did a quick mental double-take and I DO have more books than anything else.
    I think it is awesome that you write in three different genres.
    All the best,

  • Johanna R Jochum November 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Wow, these books look hot! I can't believe I missed them. I will be adding them to my list for sure! What are some of your favorite authors and what are you reading now? Thanks for sharing with us today!

  • debbie November 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

    That was a great interview. I would like to ask is there something on your bucket list you would like to do?

  • Lia Bal November 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Wow, you work on 3 books at the same time! That must be hard. What is the hardest part about writing more than one book at a given time?

  • Crystal November 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Awesome interview! I wanted to ask you what some of your all time favorite books are? I know I have tons of books that I love but there are a few that I just can't live without. 🙂

  • Sara November 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Sophie…great interview! 🙂 Who are some of your favorite authors?

    I'm at sweetbrier at shaw dot ca

  • Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Sophie! Great Interview! I have to say i own more books than i do anything else! lol:) given a choice between a clothes shopping spree and a book spree i'm hands down going with books! I enjoy reading your remarkable works! Everyone can use a little romance and wickedness every now and again! Thank you for your contribution! And i look forward to reading many more from you:)

  • Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Wonderful interview! I do have a question. Have you learned anything new about yourself since you have started writing?

    Thank you for a great giveaway. My email address is

  • mistressofthepen03 November 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Sophie! Great Interview! I have to say i own more books than i do anything else! lol:) given a choice between a clothes shopping spree and a book spree i'm hands down going with books! I enjoy reading your remarkable works! Everyone can use a little romance and wickedness every now and again! Thank you for your contribution! And i look forward to reading many more from you:)

    Im Melodi @ my first comment showed up anonymous! Sorry about that 🙂

  • Barbara E. November 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I definitely own more books than anything else. I love the premise of Wicked Nights with a Lover, with the heroine's belief that she will soon be dead. I'm dying to see how she decides she wants to spend her last days and how that impacts her interactions with the hero.


  • jeanette8042 November 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Fabulous interview and the book sounds like a wonderful read! I was wondering, are any of your characters based on real people you know?


  • Danielle Gorman November 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hi there Sophie. Great Interview. I can't wait to read Wicked Nights With a Lover. It's been on my wishlist for months now. I absolutely adore your books and I can't wait to see where this one takes me.
    Do you feel it is hard go back and forth between different genres or does it come easily to you? Is there a specific genre you favor the most? Also, do you think there are any other genres you would like to write in?
    Thanks for your time and the giveaway.

  • Alexa November 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I have only ever read Sophie's YA book Firelight but I love romance books and I would like to read some of her adult work.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • LSUReader November 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I enjoyed Fallon's book and I'm looking forward to Marguerite's. (I love that name–Marguerite Laurent–so melodic.) Don't know how I missed Evelyn's story, but I'm going to find it! Thanks for a good interview. (Email in profile.)

  • C November 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Sophie, I'm so glad that I picked up One Night With You last Saturday. It was my first historical romance with you and let me say, I couldn't put it down and finished it that same night! =)

    I went out and picked up the rest of your historical romances the next day. Just finished the last of the Penwich School for Virtuous Girls and can't wait to get started on Wicked Nights with a Lover.

    I had a similar question that a previous person had asked: who are your favorite authors, specifically romance authors?

  • Maureen December 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Hi Sophie,
    I don't think I have ever read a story where the heroine believes she will die soon. It must make for an emotional story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT Com

  • mbreakfield December 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Great interview! By your definition, I'm definitely a book lover. You've really peaked my interest for your latest book. I'm hoping the heroine will get into some outlandish situations.

  • Tore December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    My question to you is what suggestions or recommendations do you have for someone who is looking at writing a book? Please enter me in contest.

  • Robin K December 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I have a almost all of your historicals sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I would love to add another and read them all in one fell swoop!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Theresa N. December 2, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I can see were the idea she's not going to live out the year would make for lots of things happening.
    Theresa N

  • Jennifer December 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    A question for Sophie: You said that you love to read. I'm curious who some of your favorite authors are and what are some of your favorite books?

  • Cathie December 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I just want to say that it's amazing how broad of a spectrum of books you write!

  • Chelsea B. December 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    You are a new-to-me author, Sophie, so I am really loking forward to trying your books! I love the cover for your YA book!


  • Jessica Peter December 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love the comment about true booklovers. I'm always being asked why I spend so much time at the bookstore and the library!

    jessica.l.peter AT gmail DOT com

  • Laura H. December 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I love your books, Ms. Jordan. I was wondering if you need anything in order to write (i.e., chocolate, music, quiet)?


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