Message From The Author

Author's Message

Soapy Sophie

A DEBUT AUTHOR CHANNELS HER INNER DRAMA QUEEN TO WRITE HISTORICALS

Maybe it was the serials she watched while playing hooky as a schoolgirl in
the Texas hill country, but when Sophie Jordan decided to write a historical romance, she went for
the drama.

"I strive for some kind
of gasp-worthy shocker in every scene -- just like you'd find in a one-hour episode of a soap opera," says the author of Once Upon a Wedding Night, out this month from Avon.

The book's heroine, Lady Meredith Brookshire, fakes a pregnancy ("just like Sami on Days of Our Lives") in order to stay on at her dead husband's estate. But her plans are
complicated when her husband's
disinherited brother enters the picture.

Jordan says that every time she told someone about the book's premise she'd get "raised eyebrows."

"But I felt some editor out there would love my heroine and root for her," she continues. She found a home for her manuscript at Avon, which signed her to
a two-book contract (Too Wicked to Tame, a connected book, will be released in March '07).

"Writing for Avon is a dream come true," says Jordan, adding that even when she didn't know a thing about publishers, she was gravitating toward historical romances put out by the company.
Jordan has little time for soaps these days. She recently quit her high school English-teaching job to pursue writing full time. "That and chasing a 3-year-old around everywhere," she adds. -- Liz French


Read Book Review ›