Sophie Barnes is the author of How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, a recently released Avon Impulse title. Sophie dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Sophie Barnes] Cheerful, Optimistic, Romantic & Sensitive Dreamer =)
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back?
[Sophie Barnes] When Emily Rutherford discovers that the man she’s been in love with for years, is about to marry her friend Kate, Emily is crushed. How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, is about overcoming this heartache of hers, which she does, with the help of her sisters and the delectable (but brooding) Earl of Dunhurst. He and Emily were once childhood friends, but a family tragedy and a terrible secret that threatens to scandalize his name, have made him distant. But when he sees how broken Emily has become, something in him stirs, and he determines to do whatever he can to make her smile again. And just to make it a bit more interesting, there’s also a villainous woman, a fair amount of blackmail and an evil cousin…
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sophie Barnes] Funny that you’re the first to ask me that. Well, a good friend of mine once found herself in a situation similar to Emily’s…villainous woman, blackmail and evil cousin part aside – that was all made up =) So mostly, the characters are based on people I have known or whom I still know – some are friends, some are family and some are purely the figment of my own imagination.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Sophie Barnes] Finding the time, I suppose. When I began writing it about 1 1/2 years ago, my kids were still very little and needed a lot of time and attention from me, so I wrote most of it during their nap time or after they went to bed in the evenings.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Emily would never have in her boudoir?
[Sophie Barnes] Something pink and frilly (she’s not a girly girl), something that might have belonged to her mother in law (and frankly, who can blame her?), smelling salts, since she’s not prone to feinting.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you enjoy most about romance?
[Sophie Barnes] The moment leading up to the first kiss – I love that bit of anticipation =)
[Manga Maniac Café] What prompted you to try writing your own?
[Sophie Barnes] Oddly enough, I’ve been planning to write a book since I was 15, but got sidetracked by life. And it was long after I was married, that I even read my first romance novel (which was given to me by my by my mother in law). Up until that point, I’d always dismissed it, thinking it less serious somehow. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Nothing can beat a good romance novel as far as I’m concerned. However, it wasn’t until I read Julia Quinn’s ‘Romancing Mr. Bridgerton’ that I actually thought, "that’s what I want to do – write a book as awesome as that!"
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Sophie Barnes] Without question: Jane Austen and Julia Quinn.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sophie Barnes] A hot cup of tea, a tidy workspace (I find clutter terribly distracting) and a positive frame of mind (I just can’t write if I’m stressed or worried about something). Lindor Truffles help too =)
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sophie Barnes] Turned me on to reading…hmmm…I would probably have to say The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it when I was about eight or nine and simply loved it – for years after I kept dreaming about finding my own secret garden.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sophie Barnes] I play with my kids, hang out with my husband, read romance novels and watch a lot of TV (I’m a bit of an addict…LOL).
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!
You can learn more about Sophie by visiting the following websites:
My website: www.sophiebarnes.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophie-Barnes/282362685115163
Here’s the trailer for How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back
How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back is out now! You can order it from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below (the Kindle edition is only $3.99):