In the last 13 years, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries has penned 20 Regency romances, four novellas and three short stories — becoming a regular on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and winning more than a dozen industry awards in the process.
New Orleans-born, Thailand-reared, Jeffries attributes her success to listening to what peers, her publisher and her own common sense told her she should be writing: "I write what I enjoy reading: lighter, sexier historical romances, with more dialogue and more sensuality."
Writing about 19th-century English life comes naturally for Jeffries. Not only is she a lifelong Jane Austen fan, but she has a doctorate in English lit from Tulane and a specialty in Early Modern British literature. Yet the impetus for her stories, Jeffries says, is always "what if" — not what if her hero likes this or that, but what if this happened and this happened ... what would it do to a person?
And she writes, she says, because "I can't not write . . . I have stories in my head, and I have to get them out."
Today, the novelist has more than 5 million Sabrina Jeffries books in print. In early 2010, she launched a new Regency series, THE HELLIONS OF HALSTEAD HALL. Book 1 featured a leftover hero from her School for Heiresses series, Lord Stoneville; THE TRUTH ABOUT LORD STONEVILLE spent five weeks on the bestseller lists. Book 2, A HELLION IN HER BED, was released September 21, followed in January 2011 by Book 3, HOW TO WOO A RELUCTANT LADY. TO WED A WILD LORD will be released November 22.
Sabrina writes at her home in Cary, N.C., where she lives with husband, Rene, and their son, Nick. When not answering e-mails as she logs miles on her treadmill or doing jigsaw puzzles ("my reward for finishing a book"), Jeffries can be found championing the cause of autistic children in the name of her son.