Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours Presents…
By Sabrina Jeffries
Praise for Sabrina Jeffries’ previous novels.
“Quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters set Jeffries’ books apart”
Publishers Weekly, starred review.
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick on The Secret of Flirting.
A Conversation with Sabrina Jeffries
Hi Sabrina, welcome to Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots…. Could you tell my readers a little about who you are and what kind of books you write.
My name is Sabrina Jeffries, and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas, most of them historicals set in the Regency period.
I love Regency Romance. What inspired you to write Project Duchess?
First, the pleasure I had writing a previous series, The Hellions, with a mystery thread going through all five books that was only solved in the last book. Second, my fascination with blended families. I don’t come from one myself, which may be why I find them interesting. I’ve always wondered how dealing with a stepsister, half-brother, stepfather, etc., differs from dealing with full siblings in a nuclear family. Families in past centuries were more likely to be blended, since the mortality rate for mothers was higher (many more women died in childbirth), but I thought it might be fun to deal with a family where the mother lived and the fathers died. Sort of a matriarchy within a patriarchy.
What were the challenges you faced in researching this period of history?
Finding information about everyday life issues in the Regency is harder than researching the usual stuff like ballrooms and gowns, etc. I pored over books and web articles to learn a) what the etiquette was for being presented in society and b) how funerals were handled, among other things.
There are many Regency-set historical romances. Can you tell us three things that set your novel apart?
I tend to focus more on historical avenues that aren’t familiar to people—like how an estate is actually run and what social issues were important at the time. Not too many historical romances talk about how hunting dogs were bred, for example.
No, you are right, they do not! Can you share with us what you are you currently working on?
I’m plotting the third book of the series (the second book, The Bachelor, is already in production). But I can’t even say much about it because I’m pretty much at the beginning of that process. I can say that it’s about the second oldest duke brother, the Duke of Thornstock.
Such a pleasure talking to you today, Sabrina.
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Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million books in print in more than 20 languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.