Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Day in the Life of.. Sabrina Jeffries


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In the last 13 years, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries has penned 20 Regency romances, three 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 and 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. She writes at her home in Cary, NC, 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.

A Day In the Life of Sabrina Jeffries

7  a.m.: I’m sometimes up, but sometimes still dreaming about my next hero. Depends on how late I was up writing.

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast of chicken sausage and hi-fiber bread. Yum!

8 a.m.: Morning walk with husband and son or on my own (or both), although lately I’m experimenting with biking, thanks to foot problems (I wear orthotics and have my podiatrist on speed dial). In any of those scenarios, I stop at Starbucks for my iced coffee, and my exercise helps me plot out my next book or scene. (It must be the fresh air.)

9:30 or 10 a.m.: (depending on how far I walk and how much of it is with my slower husband and son) Shower. Or “Magic Shower” if I’m still trying to work out a scene. For some reason, showering really fires my creativity. (Must be the soap.)

10:30 a.m.: I do Facebook, twitter, blogging, and business email, fueled by lots of coffee. My life would be so much simpler without the biz stuff (but not as much fun)! And with so many books and reissues coming out, there’s always something to deal with.


Noon: Usually a salad for lunch (greens, goat cheese, chicken, lots of veggies), then discuss business with husband and assistant.

1 p.m.: Writing (in my “writing” office below) or business stuff (in my comfy chair above). 


3 p.m.: Coffee and snack. Why, yes, I DO have three coffee pots. Doesn’t everyone?


3:25 p.m.: Naptime! (10 to 20 minutes—I can’t sleep any more or I’m groggy). My power nap is also a great source of ideas. (Must be the pillow.)

3:45 p.m.: Write, write, write, write! The day is wasting away.

5:45 p.m.: Cooking and then dinner with the man of my dreams! (Although he would be even more the man of my dreams if he cooked it, too. Then again, if he cooked it, ptomaine poisoning would be likely. He’s not much of a cook, my husband.)

7 p.m.: Lots of writing punctuated by research, which stimulates ideas. (Must be the pictures.)


9 p.m.: Tuck in autistic son and give him a BIG kiss goodnight (he’s 24, yet he can’t do without his goodnight kiss on the forehead). Watch a little TV (Bones, NCIS, Antique Road Show, among others) with Hubby if he hasn’t already collapsed into bed himself. He’s not a late night person AT ALL.

9:45 p.m.: More writing with a switch to decaf coffee or decaf Diet Dr. Pepper.

Midnight or 1 a.m. To sleep, perchance to dream (of handsome heroes and witty heroines . . . if I’m lucky and it’s not a dream about getting lost in a hotel!)

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Unwrapping her talent for creating “scintillating wit and heart-stopping sensuality” (Library Journal ), Sabrina Jeffries gives readers a gift to cherish: a touching new novel of an unexpected Christmas reunion—sparked by a cunning ruse, family secrets, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

Dear Sir,

. . . I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once.


Mrs. Camilla Stuart

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue’s life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother’s letters after his father’s death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls “Mother.”

But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady’s companion led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay, he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie in his mother’s past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach between mother and son? Meanwhile,

Camilla herself is caught up in love’s complications since the arrival of the irresistible earl. As his bold flirtation and suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real happiness, there must be honesty between them—yet telling him the truth about her own life may shatter that chance.

None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember—and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.


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  1. I love reading about the day in the life of an author. Thanks for this!

  2. Nice day in the life! But I just gotta know... who's the guy on your desktop wallpaper? ;)


    1. Lois, that's the inspiration for my current hero, the Duke of Lyons. It's Gabriel Aubry, a supermodel. He's cute, isn't he? If you want to see pics of him, he's on my Pinterest page at

  3. What a busy day you have! I can't imagine getting up at 7:00 am and not going to be until midnight to 1:00 am! I'm tired just thinking about it!

    You must really love coffee! I have it at breakfast and that is it. Even when I worked in an office, I still only drank it once. At night, if I'm cold I'll make hot tea.

    I can't wait for this new book to come out! I loved reading about the Sharpe's in the Hellion's Series and can't wait to revisit.

    1. Sue, I'm finishing up a book right now, so last night it was 2 am! :-)

      Sadly, I do love coffee way too much. Glad you're looking forward to the book!

  4. That was great! I love to see different authors' routines. And good for you for managing to get in exercise every day!

    1. Thanks! I really enjoy my walk, but now I'm going to have to change it biking or swimming or something, at least part of the time. My feet are in bad shape!

  5. Yes, Sabrina... please tell us about the guy on your desktop!

    1. See the above--his name is Gabriel Aubry and he's on my Pinterest page at

  6. Umm, yeah, noticed the guy on the desktop, too :) Can't wait for your new book!

    1. Glad you're looking forward to it! As for Gabriel Aubry, he's on my Pinterest page at

  7. Love very forward to your new book!

  8. But I thought everyone from New Orleans was a gourmet cook! // Love the teaser copy for the book. Can't wait!

    1. Oh, Carol, how I wish that were true. :-)

  9. Love your books and I look forward to this Christmas book!

  10. thanks for your daily schedule. Thats interesting info, I always wondered my my favorite authors do each day.
    Love your books

    1. Even now, I am in the throes of finishing a book. I've had no sleep for the past week, but not because of my schedule--because the *&^%$ characters won't leave me alone!

      But hey, I'm about to give them their happy ending, so I guess it was all worth it.

      Glad you love the books!

  11. Jillian/ jzmick@gmail.comOctober 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Love the 3 coffee pots!! I need those in my reading room (right next to your books since they keep me up late reading!!!). I'm a coffee and reading addict...could be worse I guess ;)

    1. That's what I keep telling myself, Jillian. It could be worse!

  12. When/what do you stitch? Or did I miss the point? LOL!

    1. No, I only read and occasionally cook. I did sew my own wedding dress, though. Does that count?

  13. I do love Sabrina's books! And just reading about her day makes me need a nap, lol. I can't wait to read TWAS' THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS :)

  14. Love your books. Love3 the hellios series. My questions are:are you writing any more of the hellions series? Any new series in the works?

    1. Other than this book (which has Virginia's cousin Pierce in it, and a couple of the hellions), I'm not really planning on writing any more hellions. What would I write, now that all the siblings are out of the way? I could do George's story, I suppose, or their kids' stories, but they would have to take place well into the Victorian age.

      I do have a new series I'm starting called The Duke's Men. The first book is about the Duke of Lyons (one of Celia's suitors), and I just finished writing it! It comes out June 18, 2013!

  15. thanks for a fun post and congrats to Sabrina on her newest release! It sounds fabulous :)

  16. I totally LOVED this post!!! It was so great reading how a NYT best selling author day is soooo similar to my own! (except the whole, NYT Best Selling thing.) :) Thanks SO much for sharing. LOVED IT!!! And thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds GREAT!!!


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