Jayne Fresina is the author of The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine. She dropped by the virtual offices to talk about her book, and she brought a copy for one of you to win! Fill out the widget after the interview for your chance to win The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jayne Fresina] I’m a crazy writer who loves dogs, tiramisu, shoes and cappuccino.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine?
[Jayne Fresina] This is a story about love and second chances. It’s about a woman’s journey to understand herself and forgive her own flaws. And it’s about a man who wants to turn his life around. When Sophie puts an advertisement for a husband in the Farmer’s Gazette she doesn’t really expect anyone to answer it. Mischief and temper make her do it, as well as a generous dose of frustration with her life and the constraints of propriety. Then our hero, Lazarus Kane, shows up on her doorstep, taking the advertisement seriously, and suddenly Sophie has to face reality.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jayne Fresina] I woke up one morning thinking about a scarred woman opening her door to a dark, mysterious stranger. Have no idea where that came from, but that’s often the case with my inspiration! I was actually working on another manuscript at the time and had to put that aside because Sophie demanded her story be told at once!
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine?
[Jayne Fresina] I have a tendency to want to use a lot of characters, so my biggest challenge with this one was cutting out a few small parts to streamline the story. Often I become very fond of minor characters and don’t want to edit them out, so that’s a struggle!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Sophie?
[Jayne Fresina] Mischievous, curious dreamer.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Lazarus would never have in his pocket?
[Jayne Fresina] Hmmm – good one! A pen (he can’t write very well); A To-Do list (he just does things— gets on with it); a compass (he knows where he’s going without one)
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Sophie’s single most prized possession?
[Jayne Fresina] The clockwork linnet in a cage that Lazarus buys for her. Although she’s also very fond of her French lace drawers with the little silk roses—as is Lazarus.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jayne Fresina] Friends and family, particularly my Dad who used to tell us stories about his life growing up in the country.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jayne Fresina] Coffee, clean teeth, peace. (I assume you mean in addition to the computer!)
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jayne Fresina] Enslaved by Virginia Henley.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jayne Fresina] Olga Da Polga by Michael Bond (who also wrote the Paddington Bear books). I can remember reading it when I was very young and I was so sad that the story ended I just read it over again immediately. I have always wanted a guinea pig ever since!
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jayne Fresina] I like to "veg" out in front of the TV, or I sketch portraits. I went through a phase where I painted furniture. It’s usually something else creative or just something to let my mind untie itself – hence the addiction to The Real Housewives marathons—complete mindless fun!
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Jayne Fresina] I have a website www.jaynefresina.com and readers can contact me through that.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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THE MOST IMPROPER MISS SOPHIE VALENTINE BY JAYNE FRESINA – IN STORES JUNE 2012
"Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books, sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, time-wasters, and gentleman without other attachments need not apply."—Miss Sophie Valentine
A SCANDALOUS LADY…
Sophie Valentine knew placing an ad for a husband in the Farmers Gazette would bring her trouble-and she was right. When the darkly handsome, arrogantly charming Lazarus Kane shows up on her doorstep, the nosy residents of Sydney Dovedale are thrown into a gossiping tizzy. After all, it’s common knowledge that Sophie is a young lady In Need of Firmer Direction. But even Sophie isn’t so scandalous as to marry a complete stranger. .. is she?
SEEKS HANDSOME STRANGER…
Lazarus Kane has been searching for Sophie half of his life. She may not remember him, but he could never forget her. But the past is a dangerous thing, and it’s best if his remains secret if he wants to tempt Sophie with …
A MOST IMPROPER PROPOSAL…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Visit www.jaynefresina.com for more information.