A Visit with the Fabulous SOPHIA NASH!

SophiaNash4Bandits and buddies, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming back my dear friend, SOPHIA NASH!

Sophia’s been a guest on the blog several times, but it’s been a while. Sophia, for those new to the Bandits who might not know you, tell us a little about your journey to writing award-winning Regency-set historicals.

Sophia: A bit of a sad story really. My father was dying of cancer and when I suggested that he write a book as it was a dream of his, he replied, “No. Life is short and YOU want to write a book. So, write it and I’ll edit it.” We both loved Jane Austen and so I wrote a Regency set historical, “A Secret Passion.”

A year later my father died, but the book finaled in a contest and caught the eye of an editor, who offered a two book contract.

Jeanne: Oh, that IS sad,  and so bittersweet!  I’m sorry for your loss, but glad you actually DID write the book! When did you first know you were going to be a writer? Or more accurately when did you first want to be one?

Sophia: No one else in my family wrote, so I didn’t know right away. But I always loved books, movies, or any kind of storytelling. I became a television writer and producer straight out of college and it was during that job at a CBS affiliate that I realized how much I enjoyed writing.

Jeanne: Interesting…You’re the second award-winning author I know that worked in television! What is it about the Regency that is so attractive to writers and readers?

Sophia: I think so many people love the books (and/or the movies) by Jane Austen that that is a draw. I also liken the Regency period as 220px-Pickering_-_Greatbatch_-_Jane_Austen_-_Pride_and_Prejudice_-_She_then_told_him_what_Mr._Darcy_had_voluntarily_done_for_Lydiathe 1960s of the 1800s. There was a war going on, young men were dying, new music–the waltz, where people embraced while they danced– new art, architecture styles, daring fashion. It was an exciting time to be alive.

Jeanne: Are there any other historical periods in which you’d enjoy setting a book? Or other countries during a certain historical time?

Sophia: Aside from the Georgian period, which is fascinating to me, I also love the WWII era. And as I’m French and American, I adore both countries.

Jeanne: I’ve so enjoyed getting to know about WWII for a novella I’m working on, and since it’s partly set in France, you know I’m going to be picking your brain about France and all things French!  Grins.  

Now, tell us about this fabulous book, THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS! I adore that cover.  And about the series as well. This is the last book in the series, isn’t it?once_350

Sophia: Yes, this is, indeed, the last book in the quartet. And it ties up all the remaining questions concerning all the dukes in the series. This is truly the Duke of Candover’s story, and Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March.

She has been in love with him for most of her life, but duty and a promise made keep them apart. This is a story about the courage it takes to be vulnerable and to stay the course. In addition, The Duke of Sussex, from one of the other books, must find his destiny with Miss Amelia Primrose.

My absolute favorite scene in the book is when all the characters go out on a golf course. Who knew the game of golf could be so funny?

Jeanne: Well, it’s an odd game, but I can’t wait to see how funny YOU make it! Grins.

And now for some general fun that doesn’t involve golf….Since your Duchess is a bit unconventional, we’ll mix up some modern and historical questions.

mens-bambooorganic-cotton-boxer-shorts-eco-fabrik-bbx4-2a_47760_fullBoxers or briefs?

Sophia: As for me, boxers, but of course, the Duchess would not know what those were. And the Duke of Candover would not wear anything. Nothing gets between him and his breeches.

Jeanne: Snork! Well, that could make things interesting!

Lawn Darts or Lawn sex?

Sophia: Both. Together. At the same time 😉

Jeanne: OMGosh, that could be dangerous!! Hahah!

Ireland or Scotland?37988916_700x700min_1

Sophia: I love both and am dying to go, but Isabelle wouldn’t have gone to either. She’s very much the British Aristo, in love with her own country. And she’d never go there unmarried….wouldn’t want anyone to think she was after a quickie wedding!

Jeanne:England, is a great country (I know Anna Sugden, Nancy Northcott and all our historical Banditas would agree!), and I guess Scotland and Gretna Green were the Regency version of Vegas, for weddings. Snork!

Chocolate sauce or caramel?

Sophia: Are you kidding? Both!

Jeanne: Amen!

Let’s go for exotic….India or Africa?

IMG_0686Sophia: I believe Candover would choose a refreshing trip to America.  That would be sufficiently wild for him, but I’d go for the exotic and choose Africa, specifically, Namibia!  I went there this last year and loved it!

Jeanne: Ooooh! Namibia!! That is exotic!  I loved these pictures of you on the dunes!

Sidesaddle or hunt seat?

Sophia: The Duchess can, of course, ride either, but prefers hunt seat even if it’s a bit scandalous. The Duke secretly has a thing for sidesaddles–not.

Jeanne: Snork! Have YOU ever ridden sidesaddle?  I know you used to be involved in horse shows…2012445(2)

Sophia: Yes! One of the most terrifying experiences I’ve ever had was jumping a one foot fence riding sidesaddle. It made the nearly six foot fences that you jump while astride feel like a piece of cake!

Jeanne: I’ll bet. It just seems so off balance and…well…dangerous. Grins.

In that same vein…Riding habit or ball gown?

Sophia: For me, I’m the outdoorsy type, so I’d go for jeans and chaps to ride as opposed to the hose and ballgowns and shoes that hurt your feet.IMG_0458

As for the Duchess she would tell you she’s always dressed appropriately and meticulously. She wears whatever the occasion demands. (However, if pressed, she’d go for the riding habit and be outside in the fresh air!)

Jeanne: Riding works…Grins.

Bikini, one-piece or wetsuit?

IMG_0599Sophia: Seriously???? I’m going for the wetsuit. I like to surf, but it’s COLD in the water I like to surf in, in the Atlantic. I have to say though, if Isabelle were alive right now, she’d be rocking a bikini under her wetsuit. She’s just that adventurous.

Jeanne:  You go on with your bad self, Sophia!  Surfing!  Love it!  And from what I know about Isabelle, she would be right out there with you.  Grins.

So what about you, Bandits and buddies? What are your answers to the questions??

Boxers or Briefs?

Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex?

Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)

Chocolate sauce or caramel?

India or Africa?

Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat?

Riding Habit or Ballgown?

Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”?

THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS came out YESTERDAY!  Go, buy, enjoy!  But wait till tomorrow…Sophia is generously giving away a copy to one lucky commenter! Have fun!

(All photos are the author’s, from Yahoo Free Images, Wikimedia Commons or private collection.  No copyright infringement intended)

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53 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Welcome Sophia,
    Rowland is one of my favorite heroes.

    Definitely boxers.
    Lawn sex
    All three, but I want to visit England first.
    Chocolate sauce
    Africa. I want to see Victoria Falls and go on safari.
    Hunt seat
    Ballgown
    Bikini

  • Mary Preston says:

    Boxers

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? Neither, I get hayfever – very sexy

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) ALL please!!

    Chocolate sauce

    India or Africa? Neither I’m no good in the heat (So, that’s no heat or the great outdoors so far.)

    Sidesaddle

    Riding Habit – to go with the sidesaddle

    one-piece – these days usually under shorts & a T-shirt

    This was fun thank you.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Morninng Mary! We’re all about fun around here, yo know that! :> Snorking over the hay-fever being sexy…not. Grins. I’m thinking that you would definately be avoiding the grass.

      As you know, I’m a cold-weather gal, but I adored Kenya when I went there. We went in October and it wasn’t hot at all. I’m not sure if there is a time when India isn’t hot…anyone know?

  • Anita H. says:

    Hello Sophia! Looking forward to reading your book!

    So what about you, Bandits and buddies? What are your answers to the questions??

    Boxers or Briefs? Boxers

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? I’m not an outdoorsy person

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) Scotland

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? Caramel

    India or Africa? Africa

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? Hunt Seat

    Riding Habit or Ballgown? Ballgown!!

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? One-piece

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Anita! The whole quartet is fabulous and I’m jonesing to read this new one, since I know all the characters now. I hope you’ll like it too!

      And Scotland, scotland, scotland! I’m right ther with you, lassie!

    • Sophia Nash says:

      Anita,
      Lovely, a fellow, “jeans are appropriate for any occasion” person. Oh, and the wetsuit comment? Agreed. Peeling off a wetsuit is a dangerous game since everything else under it tries mightily to depart with the wetsuit!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Sophia and Jeanne

    I do love your stories Sophia although I am a little behind in this series I need to catch up 🙂

    Boxers or Briefs?

    Briefs

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex?

    Bit of both 🙂

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)

    All of them Scotland first

    Chocolate sauce or caramel?

    Caramel then chocolate

    India or Africa?

    Africa

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat?

    Hunt seat if I ever got the courage to ride a horse LOL

    Riding Habit or Ballgown?

    Ballgown

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”?

    Board shorts and a big T-Shirt LOL

    Congrats on the release Sophia

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Helen! I’m with you on the board shorts and t-shirt. Grins. And also right there with you on Scotland FIRST! Gotta go to Scotland!

      Aren’t Sophia’s books fabulous. She hooked me in years ago with Lord Will and Her Grace. :>

    • Sophia Nash says:

      Helen,
      I am so with you on the “caramel THEN chocolate. ” Is there anything better than hot caramel on vanilla ice cream. Yum…
      Sophia, heading to the freezer at 11:25am

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Sophia on your new book! It is always a little sad when a series ends but it is nice to see everything resolved. I would pick:
    Boxers or Briefs?
    boxers
    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex?
    lawn sex
    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)
    both with England would be a great trip
    Chocolate sauce or caramel?
    chocolate
    India or Africa?
    Africa
    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat?
    I can’t ride anything
    Riding Habit or Ballgown?
    Ballgown
    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”?
    one-piece definitely

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Maureen, it is sad to see this romp of a series end! I’ve loved every minute of it. :> But it’s cool too, as you said, to see the threads tied up. And for Candover to finally get his comeuppance. Grins.

      What do you want to seei n Africa?

    • Sophia Nash says:

      Maureen,
      I am certain you can ride something, even if it’s just riding herd over a group of recalcitrant children or adults;)

  • Shannon says:

    I’ve read the Scandal of Kissing an Heir, but I’m not caught up with the series.

    Boxers or Briefs?
    Boxers; I like my men conservative.

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex?
    Lawn Darts. I think of ants, spiders, and mosquitos..

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)
    Yes, all three.

    Chocolate sauce or caramel?
    Caramel.

    India or Africa?
    India.

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat?
    Seat.

    Riding Habit or Ballgown?
    Ballgown.

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”?
    One piece.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Morning Shannon! I’m laughing about boxers being conservative. My sons think boxers are all the rage and that tighty-whiteys are the conservative, antique option. grins.

      What do you want to see in India?

      In Sophia’s series, I loved the Art if Duke Hunting so much. It made me LOL, so I’m really looking forward to this golf game Sophia mentioned! Ha!

      • Shannon says:

        I would like to tour Mumbai and New Delhi with a guide to explain to me the history, the society, and the art and architecture. I know about the difference in climate means that some areas use rice as a staple while others use wheat and bread as the mainstay of the diet. I’ve read about British Colonialism and Ghandi’s non-violent protest. It would be interesting to see what remains of these historical legacies. I know a little about the main religions: Islam, Hinduism, Janism (sp?), and Sikh, but would like to learn more.

        Of course, I want to see the Taj Mahal. The story that I grew up on was that a prince constructed the Taj Mahal as a monument/tomb for his wife and had planned a separate memorial for himself in black marble in contrast to the Taj Mahal’s white marble.

    • Sophia Nash says:

      Shannon,
      I think ants, spiders, and mosquitos are completely misunderstood creatures. In fact there is really only one thing on earth that understands them: RAID.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Sophia! Great interview, Jeanne!

    I’m a Sophia fan from way back and always look forward to a new book from her. I’ll be heading to the beach soon and plan to take The Once and Future Duchess along for the ride. 🙂

    Boxers or Briefs? – Boxers

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? – Knowing my lousy aim, if I had darts in my hands I doubt sex would be on anybody’s mind! lol

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) – Let’s go for the trifecta!

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? – Both, with chopped walnuts on top.

    India or Africa? – I’m really not tempted by either.

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? – Hunt seat

    Riding Habit or Ballgown? – I’m going to follow Sophia’s lead and opt for jeans.

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? – One-piece. A wetsuit is too hard to peel off and, believe me, at my age nobody wants to see me in a bikini! LOL

    • Sophia Nash says:

      PJpuppymom,
      You are hilarious! “Knowing my lousy aim, if I had darts in my hands I doubt sex would be on anybody’s mind!” My thoughts precisely!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork! Yep. Too funny. I think you and Sopia both look lovely in ball gowns – I’ve seen you in fancy dress, both of you. You’re stunners. One of the things I’m miss this summer not going to San Antonio!! But, hopefully that means we WILL get to go to Scotland…yep…gonna go!

  • catslady says:

    Boxers or Briefs? Either

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? Darts lol

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) – Scotland

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? Both together

    India or Africa? Africa

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? Bareback

    Riding Habit or Ballgown?

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? Use to be bikini but now one piece lol.

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I read the first book in the series, but have fallen a bit behind. I like the unrequited love trope, so I’ll have to check this one out.

  • Oh – too many questions for me 🙂 Just dropped in to tell Sophia that I LOVE her cover for The Once and Future Duchess. The premise is intriguing as well. Wishing you great sales with this one.

    And splashing about in those cold waves sounds refreshing right now. 🙂 Seems we ent from a long cold winter to a hot summer in no time at all.

  • Waving madly at Jeanne and Sophia! Sophia, so lovely to have you back in the lair. You add a certain je ne sais quoi to proceedings. Even the cabana boys act like James Bond when you’re around (the smooth JB, not the one who’s likely to kick you in the teeth!). Congratulations on the release of THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS. Just off to the Book Depository to order it. I love that cover, by the way, so romantic!

  • Laurie G says:

    Hi Sophia,

    I’d like to read your latest release THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS!

    Boxers or Briefs? BRIEFS

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? LAWN SEX

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)SCOTLAND

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? Chocolate I do actually like both of them.

    India or Africa? AFRICA

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? SIDESADDLE

    Riding Habit or Ballgown? RIDING HABIT I love being outdoors.

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? ONE PIECE

  • bn100 says:

    boxers
    darts
    Scotland
    chocolate sauce
    Africa hunt
    ballgown
    bikini

  • SecretNinja says:

    Hi Sophia!! I love the cover, would I ever want a gown like that one 🙂 So pretty! Here are my answers!

    Boxers
    Lawn Darts….unless there’s an indoor lawn, than we’ll change to lawn sex lol (I”m not an exhibitionist!)
    All 3 are on my wishlist of places to visit!
    Chocolate
    Africa
    Hunt seat
    Riding Habit during the day, ballgown by night!
    Not going anywhere near the beach 🙂

    Ada

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Ada! Isn’t that dress on the cover delish? Love it! :> And I have to confess to NOT being a beach girl, so your “not going anywhere near the beach” made me laugh. :>

  • Becke says:

    Sophia,
    Wonderful cover and all the best for your continued success. Great fun to read your answers. And nothing better than a feisty heroine.

    Boxers or Briefs? I like the tight boxers. Now there is a blend.

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? That depends. The grass can get itchy.

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) One of each, please.

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? Caramel with dark chocolate shavings.

    India or Africa? Africa

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? I too have ridden both. Although charming, sidesaddle is just kind of dumb.

    Riding Habit or Ballgown? Jeans and boots please. Ratcatchers make you hot, not to mention the coat.

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? My goodness, Sophia, I was envious of your height. However, I’m short so definitely one-piece. Besides, I can’t keep a bikini in place. Waves up, suit down. Dive in, suit down. Jump in cat’s eyes and wedgie. Sorry, you can’t win in a bikini unless you plan to bake on the beach.
    b

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMG, Becke, I nearly spewed Diet Coke on the monitor with the “cats eyes and a wedgie” comment. SNORK!!!

      And I”m with you on “one of each, please!” Grins. And LOL about sidesaddly just being dumb. Amen, sister, amen. What was the point? To make sure that women could ride while handicapped not only with skirts and hats with seriuos hat pins, but while completely off balance? Grins. Once again proving that women ARE the stronger sex, however, we mananged the sidesaddle for about a century! Go us! Grins.

  • Kim says:

    Sophia –

    I forgot to ask if you still have your miniature dachshund. I remember seeing a cute picture of her on your website. Dachshunds are such a loyal breed.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    Boxers or Briefs? Briefs

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex? Lawn darts, lawn sex sounds dangerous.

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?) All of the above!

    Chocolate sauce or caramel? Both

    India or Africa? Africa

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat? Neither, I have no idea how to ride a horse.

    Riding Habit or Ballgown? Ballgown, see above.

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”? One piece, preferably with a skirt. 😀

  • Sophia, welcome back and congrats on your latest release! It sounds great. I love the photos that go with this post.

    As for the questions:

    Boxers or briefs depends on the guy.

    Lawn Darts

    Scotland and England

    Chocolate AND caramel–like a dessert I had on my road trip with Jeanne. I think it was a featured dessert at Ruby Tuesday.

    India or Africa is a tossup. I’ll go with India by a nose.

    Hunt seat. Not sidesaddle. I feel precarious enough on the back of a horse without making it worse!

    One piece swimsuit. Diving into the water in a two-piece is hazardous.

  • gamistress66 says:

    congrats on the new book! I can’t wait till I get a chance to read it 🙂 I read the 1st 3 books earlier this year (then smacked myself for waiting so long, although it did shorten the wait between books) and loved them all. so looking forward to Candover getting knocked for a loop by Isabelle 😉

  • Chelsea B. says:

    Boxers or Briefs?– Briefs! 😉

    Lawn Darts or Lawn Sex?– *Ahem*…

    Ireland or Scotland? (Or both with England thrown in for luck?)– Yes, yes, and yes.

    Chocolate sauce or caramel?– CHOCOLATE.

    India or Africa?– India.

    Sidesaddle or Hunt Seat?– Hunt seat– I have no idea how to ride either way, but of course it makes sense to have an opinion on the subject 😉

    Riding Habit or Ballgown?– Ballgown– because really, when does one get the chance to wear a really beautiful, Cinderella-like ballgown anymore???

    Bikini, one-piece, wetsuit or “not going anywhere near the beach”?– I do not thrive in the heat. So, no beach.

  • Alyn says:

    Boxers

    Lawn Darts because my lawn faces a very busy highway.

    Scotland because I know even less about Ireland.

    Chocolate sauce because I don’t know how to pronounce caramel.

    Africa any day! I’m scared after reading all of those rape stories. Not that I don’t hear any about Africa but it just seems much safer there.

    Sidesaddle

    Ball gown. If I am going to wear a dress, it better be pretty!

    One piece!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    1. Boxer briefs.
    2. After I beat him at lawn darts we can move onto lawn sex so he’ll feel like he’s a winner too. 😉
    3. Scotland – the land of the kilted man. Nuff said.
    4. Chocolate sauce.
    5. India.
    6. Hunt seat.
    7. Ballgown. You can find me in the wallflower section.
    8. Not going anywhere near the beach! I wouldn’t want to accidsently cause a ‘beached whale’ scare and my skin will burn in 5 minutes. LOL