Monday, 25 July 2011

Welcome! Author Sophie Jordan!

I'm delighted to welcome author, Sophie Jordan, to my blog and asked award-winning author, Sophie -to describe her writing day. Over to you, Sophie!

My ideal writing day probably involves me at a quaint cottage in the English countryside. I’ll walk the countryside in the morning and take tea (and eat some delicious pastry where the calories don’t count) at an outdoor cafĂ© in an equally quaint village with cobbled streets. I’ll return to my cottage and sit outdoors in the quintessential English garden as I write my daily page, and respond to a few emails. I’d knock my pages out in a few hours and have the rest of the day to do as I please … more walking, exploring (yes, there would be a nearby castle to investigate), probably shopping at a local outdoor farmer’s market for dinner (I love to cook!) – and the day would end with a lovely dinner with my family (in this dream I don’t have to consider where they’ve been up until now), some excellent wine, maybe a good movie. Now THAT would be a perfect day!
In reality, my life is much more chaotic. Definitely not something out of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel. The mornings are full of the demands of my children. Feeding them, dressing them, getting them ready for wherever it is I have to take them. School/preschool, if during the school year. Swim practice, gymnastics, soccer practice in the summer. Basically I do everything that your stay-at-home mom has to do, except I’m also a full-time writer – with multiple books to write/revise/edit a year. I also have several conferences and speaking engagements a year (sometimes monthly) to attend, and recently I’ve also begun book touring. And don’t let me get started on my inbox … All this I do among juggling children, chores, grocery shopping, cooking and never-ending laundry.
Essentially my day is a win if I get my latte, get in a good amount of pages written, and the family is content. Fortunately, at this point in my career, I do have an assistant to help me manage a lot of what I call the secretarial side of being a writer (the never ending emails, promotion, and constant flow of material to UPS, etc). And I must mention a supportive spouse helps more than I can say. We work as a team in this lovely madness that is my life.
Also, perhaps the greatest gift … is that I’m able to have it all. A family and the career I always wanted. I can be sitting outside a noisy gymnastics practice, but in my lap is my alphasmart and I’m escaping into this wonderful world I’ve created – like in my book Wicked In Your Arms, for instance … I am in the English countryside. With an exotic, battle-hardened prince! And a very saucy Jane Austen-ish heroine who’s going to challenge him beautifully. There’s adventure and romance. As a writer, I’m there – in it! That pretty much makes even my worst day ideal. J

BLURB for "Wicked in Your Arms."
(First in Forgotten Princesses series) Prince Sevastian Maksimi needs a wife. An heiress with the breeding and dowry to breathe life into his kingdom. After years of fighting a bloody civil war, Sev has wrested his country from revolutionaries and looks to England for a bride who will replenish both his royal coffers and the royal nursery. He knows what it’s like to put the needs of his country before his own desires. Only duty matters. Only the most acceptable female will do. Attraction does not signify … especially his vexing hunger for the bold and brazen Grier Hadley. While he cannot consider the unseemly female as a bride, the enticing chit is the only woman he wants in his bed.

The bastard daughter of a man renowned as the lord of the London underworld, Grier Hadley might possess one of the season’s plumpest dowries, but she’s a far cry from the pedigreed debutantes out to land a husband. A truth that becomes glaringly obvious when she overhears a certain prince mocking her lineage. What makes the handsome wretch think she would even want him for a husband anyway? He might, however, be the perfect candidate for an illicit liaison.


  1. I will appreciate your work all the more for knowing more about you & your writing. Thank you!! WICKED IS YOUR ARMS is officially on my list.


  2. You are one busy lady. "Wicked In Your Arms" sounds like a delightful story. When the two characters meet, I am sure the sparks are going to fly.

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  3. Love the description of your writing day! lol
    Good luck with Wicked in Your Arms!

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  4. Thanks for sharing about your day-- the real and the fictional! ;-) I can't wait to read Wicked in Your Arms!


  5. the cover is beautiful and the book sounds wonderful,i can't wait to read it.

  6. I'm looking forward to this book. I recently read "In Scandal They Wed" and enjoyed it. Grier sounds feisty!


  7. I love your work and I'm looking forward to reading this! It sounds great!

  8. Your one busy lady! But I'm happy to see that it works for you. Congrats on this newest release.

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  9. Boy, you have a lot going on! And the fact that you found the time in there to write your amazing book is amazing! Thanks for sharing your day with us:)
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  10. Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds great! hense1kk@ cmich DOT edu

  11. You are really busy. The book sounds great.

  12. Hello Sophie!
    Wow after looking at your daily schedule I am exhausted. Until I started reading author blogs I never knew how much "stuff" writers did in addition to writing. Add a personal life on top of that and a person must be burning the candle at both ends. Congratulations on the new release!

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  13. Wow. I'm glad you have someone to handle some of the paperwork. Do they have farmers markets in England?

    Congrats on your new release!


  14. I enjoyed reading about your writing day. It's always good to read about the Author behind the books. I love your work Sophie and look forward to reading Wicked In Your Arms. GFC follower under Lucky47.
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  15. Wow after looking at your daily schedule I am exhausted. Until I started reading author blogs I never knew how much "stuff" writers did in addition to writing.


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