[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Sabrina! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Sabrina Darby] Sultry, Dulcet, Ravishing, Innocent, Wanton.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Sabrina Darby] Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure are retellings of two sides of the same Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew. Woo’d in Haste features Bianca Mansfield, whose father has decreed she cannot marry until after her older sister, Kate, does. Of course, enter the hero, Luc, who is determined to get around that decree at any cost.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sabrina Darby] Once I knew I wanted to write about Bianca and Kate, the next step was adapting the story to Regency England. I needed to find a reason that a father would demand the elder daughter marry first, particularly if the suitor for the younger was a wealthy heir to an earldom.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing these stories?
[Sabrina Darby] I loved exploring the relationship between the sisters. So often our siblings act as both a mirror and a contrast to ourselves.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Sabrina Darby] For Woo’d in Haste, Luc, the hero, gave me the biggest trouble because he’s so young. He deceives the heroine in the name of love and having him rationalize this to himself in a way that makes him neither completely stupid or unheroic felt like a very fine line to walk.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sabrina Darby] This is a very hard one. The three songs that are played most frequently in my car at the moment are Do Re Mi, The Goatherd Song and Wheels on the Bus. I don’t think any of those are my theme song but they certainly crowd almost everything else out!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Sabrina Darby] A cell phone.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Sabrina Darby] Pistachios, a glass of wine and my computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Sabrina Darby] I would have answered differently 7 months ago, but right now, I’d love to switch with my baby boy so I can see what he sees.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Sabrina Darby] I really enjoyed Maggie Robinson’s In the Heart of the Highlander and Maire Clairmont’s Lady in Red.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sabrina Darby] I love traveling. In fact, I just returned from Yosemite where this Southern Californian actually got to see snow in April!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Sabrina Darby] They can find me online at http://SabrinaDarby.com, Twitter.com/SabrinaDarby, and Facebook.com/SabrinaDarbyRomance and Goodreads.com/SabrinaDarby and they can join my mailing list at SabrinaDarby.com/contact.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the books:
Woo’d in Haste & Wed at Leisure
Taming Series Books One and Two
By: Sabrina Darby
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.
Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. Her debut book with Avon Red, On These Silken Sheets, was a Favourite Erotic Romance finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards and a Best First Book finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards. Her new Regency novella, The Short and Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe, released July 31st from Avon Impulse and her first contemporary romance, Entry-Level Mistress, released February 2013.