Interview en Anglais – Sabrina Jeffries
17 mars 2015
Do you know the Halstead hall serie, writen by Sabrina Jeffries, the famous historical Romance writer ? We are under the spell of these books !
The dialogues are full of wit and humor, with hints of impertinence. And love and seduction are at their best, with plots and adventure. Delightful ! How could we resist ? Well, we did not. As we did not either to interview the auther, the magician hiding behind the words…
That’s why we made an Interview « Wonderful Historical Romance Writer » – Sabrina Jeffries
1) Beyond all the books you wrote, which is the one you like the most and why?
I like different books for different reasons. I can’t pick just one. I enjoyed How to Woo A Reluctant Lady because Minerva was so much fun to write. But I liked writing the duke in What the Duke Desires because he could be so clueless about everyday life. To Pleasure a Prince was great fun because the hero is so much like my husband, who is a lovable grouch himself. I could go on and on. As you can see, I can’t just pick one!
2) When do you usually like to write ? In the morning ? All day long ? At night ? On the week-end ?
I write off and on from about one pm until I go to bed around one am. That’s my preference, but I don’t write the whole time in that 12-hour period. I write some, do something else, write some, eat supper, watch TV with my husband, write some . . . And yes, I write every day, generally, although sometimes I have to take a day or two to do other things.
3) To create a book, how do you define your hero’s temper and physical appearance?
When I begin a book, my hero is a pawn in my plot. I choose whatever background, personality, and physical appearance will suit my set-up and plot. But as I write the book, the hero becomes a real character and develops a mind of his own. At that point, I have to go back and change my earlier scenes to reflect the real him. Characters don’t come to me full-blown. I have to find them as I’m writing.
4) What is the most difficult thing to do for you when you write a book?
Finding creative ways to describe emotion or setting. I’m great with dialogue, but I have to work at narrative.
5) Upon you, What is the recipe for a successful book
Strong, relatable characters, interesting interactions between them, and a plot that surprises. If you have those, you’re golden!
6) Do you sometimes read other Romance book and tell to yourself “that is crap !” ?
Absolutely! I also do that with some mysteries, science fiction, literary fiction, etc.. There are plenty of books out there that I think are poorly written, but I doubt I’m the only writer who feels that way.
7) Personally, which is your favorite Romance author and favorite book?
I have so many favorites. In historicals, my absolute favorite romance of all time is The Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, with a close second being Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught. My favorite contemporary romance is probably Linda Howard’s Diamond Bay or Elizabeth Lowell’s Amber Beach. I also love Jayne Ann Krentz’s Gift of Gold and Shield’s Lady. Then there’s Meljean Brook’s Iron Duke. Honestly, I have way too many favorites to mention!
8) Favorite music?
I have so many. The bands I’ve been listening to most lately are Mumford and Sons, Jubilee Riot (formerly Enter the Haggis), Megson, A Great Big World, and Beyonce. But I listen to so much music that my favorites change with the wind.
9) Favorite character trait in someone?
A great sense of humor!
10) Favorite flower?
11) Favorite dish?
A pizza with everything on it (no pineapple, though—ugh!).
12) Favorite color?
Teal Blue and Purple
13) Favorite animal?
14) Which period of history do you like best?
The Regency in England
15) How did you decide to become a historical romance writer?
I read a lot of romances as a child, including historical romances (before they had explicit sex in them). I even told myself at twelve that when I grew up, I would write down my romantic fantasies and sell them to people. But in college, when I began pursuing my dream to be a writer, I got sidetracked and ended up in academics. Fortunately, while I was a visiting assistant professor of English at Tulane University, I sat down to develop a publishable academic work and found it so boring that I started writing a novel instead. When I realized it was a romance novel, I was hooked for good. And since historical romances were always my favorite, that’s the direction I headed.
16) Did you think you would be a best seller writer one day?
I really didn’t expect that. I dreamed that I would (every writer does), but I was by no means sure it would ever happen.
17) Are you allowed to reveal the story of your next book?
Absolutely! It’s the start of my new series, the Sinful Suitors, about St. George’s gentlemen’s club, where guardians conspire to keep their unattached sisters and wards out of the clutches of sinful suitors. Which works fine…except when the sinful suitors are members!
The first book, The Art of Sinning, is about American artist Jeremy Keane, who refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s driven to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work and determines to capture the young heiress’s defiant spirit and breathtaking sensuality on canvas.
No stranger to scandal, Yvette agrees to be Keane’s subject—in exchange for his help gaining entry to the city’s brothels he knows intimately—so she can track a missing woman and solve a family mystery. But when their practical partnership leads to lessons in the art of sinning, they discover they must rise from the ashes of their troubled pasts if they are to find a bold and lasting love.