Jen: Today Sabrina Darby is stopping by Romancing the Book as part of her blog tour. Sabrina, will you share a short bio with us?
Sabrina: Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and young son. She can be found online at SabrinaDarby.com, twitter.com/sabrinadarby, facebook.com/sabrinadarbyromance and goodreads.com/sabrinadarby.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sabrina: I saw the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton film version of The Taming of the Shrew before I ever read the play and it forever has remained the way I envision the story. But what compelled me to write my own retelling of the play was the desire to explore the relationship between the sisters and bring Bianca out from her role as reflection and counter point to Katarina. Relationships between siblings are always complex and in updating the story to Regency England, I discovered that my Kate and Bianca’s relationship was affected deeply by the other dynamics of the family.
Woo’d in Haste– Releasing May 13th, 2014
Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn’t insist on marrying first. She’s doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets … him. For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He’s determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother. Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he’s not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?
Wed at Leisure– Releasing May 27th, 2014
The stunning follow-up to Darby’s Woo’d in Haste.
In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke.
After all, he’s the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It’s only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate’s determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she’s putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.
Jen: What age did you discover writing?
Sabrina: I started writing at some point in grade school, and I always knew that I wanted to be a writer. However, I didn’t decide to write romance until seven years ago.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Sabrina: It’s slightly different for each book, but in general I start by writing the scenes that are the most emotionally charged and then jump around for about half the book. Then I start from the beginning and write in order for the second half. I’m not entirely certain how I wrote Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure because I was in a bit of a new mother delirium.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Sabrina: Too many people to name them all, but a few key ones: Carole Maso, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (and my Spanish teacher the year I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude, Harriet the Spy, Alan Moore. I try to learn from everyone and everything.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Sabrina: I normally don’t envision actors for my stories, however, when I was writing these books I envisioned Genevieve Bujold as she was in Anne of a Thousand Days for the role of Kate. Someone like Kate Upton or Romola Garai. For Luc, the hero of Woo’d in Haste, I’d pick Channing Tatum. For Peter, the hero of Wed at Leisure, I would pick Bradley Cooper.
Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Sabrina: This is a hard one! I think I would go to some contested time period just to see what is real and what is fiction. I’d probably bring a video recorder, a toothbrush and vitamins.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Sabrina: This is a very hard question. Since entering the world of romance, I’ve been lucky enough to make lasting friendships with authors who I deeply admire. I very much enjoyed the creative collaboration of the two years that I was part of TheBallroomBlog.com. But another huge highlight has been getting more involved in social media and connecting with readers. I started out this journey as a reader of romance at the age of seven and a reader is what I hope to remain at heart.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Sabrina: I always say I am going to do something and I rarely do.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Sabrina: I have two new and very different Regency series releasing later this year. For more information, please visit me online or sign up for new book alerts at SabrinaDarby.com/contact.