About Sophia Barnes:
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in the industry?
A: When I received my first offer from Avon Impulse; I remember that moment as if it were yesterday – it was like a stamp of approval in a way. And then when my debut did as well as it did, I just knew that this was what I wanted to do on a permanent basis.
As far as getting started in the industry, I owe a debt of gratitude to a number of people. My mother-in-law opened my eyes to the romance genre. Before meeting her, I honestly didn’t realize that there was such a thing as a romance genre, perhaps because I was reading mainstream fiction and didn’t really think about the various categories that books might fall into. Sure, I’d heard about Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper and Barbara Cartland, but I was completely unaware of how huge the romance industry is. Due to my personal fondness for historical settings in both books and movies, I chose to give Regency romance a try, and although it was harder than I anticipated because of all the research required (I suddenly realized that I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did about that period), it’s been a truly wonderful category for me.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: For about ten years, but I took a break when my kids were born. The first book I started is still incomplete to this day. It’s not a romance novel, so maybe that explains it. It’s historical fiction and required so much research that I simply couldn’t handle it with two small boys crawling around the house. Eventually, I wrote my first book which, as fun as it was to write, remains unpublished. This, along with How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, was written in small half hour intervals while my kids were napping.
Q: What is your genre?
A: I write Regency romance
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: I think I’d like to give contemporary romance a try, and I might also consider a teen adventure novel.
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: The same place Barbara Cartland used to get hers: from outer space.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: A number of different things, though perhaps most notably Jane Austen, historic homes, and real life stories from long ago about people who stood apart from the rest. I like writing about women who accomplished something outside the norm.
Q: Do you have a favorite “brain food,” a.k.a. snack food, when writing?
A: Not really. I drink either coffee or Pepsi while I write, depending on the time of day.
Q: How do you approach a difficult scene? Do you tackle it head on or take time to mull it over?
A: I usually push through and try to get the words down even if it’s complete rubbish. Writing helps me brainstorm. I’ll usually mull it over after, once I have a better idea of whether or not the scene I’ve just written will work. Forcing myself to write gives me a clearer perspective.
Q: In general, how many drafts and edits do you go through per novel?
A: Hmmm…If I think about my most recent novel, I went through it four times before submitting it to my editor. I’ve gone over it twice more since then and expect to go over it another two times before it’s out of my hands, so about eight drafts in total.
Q: Because the writing process is all-consuming, how do you re-energize yourself and gear up for the next novel? Do you take time off?
A: I usually take about a week off to do other things and then gradually work my way back into the writing process by doing outlines and character developments for a few days.
Q: What book(s) do you currently have for sale?
How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back
Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure
There’s Something About Lady Mary
The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda
Five Golden Rings – Anthology
The Trouble With Being A Duke
The Scandal In Kissing An Heir
The Danger In Loving An Earl
Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires
The Earl’s Complete Surrender – on sale December 29th
Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires