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Sabrina Jeffries

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in New Orleans, The United States



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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

She always dreams big.

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Sabrina Jeffries I'm delighted you get absorbed in the books! That's what I aim for. As for my process, I map out the plot first, though if I have characters who are…moreI'm delighted you get absorbed in the books! That's what I aim for. As for my process, I map out the plot first, though if I have characters who are somewhat fixed when I begin (like the Hellions), I make sure the plot accommodates what I know about them. I spend a couple of weeks plotting the book, while doing jigsaw puzzles, walking, swimming . . . anything that silences my conscious brain and taps my unconscious one. It’s like unknotting a complicated problem. I usually have an end that I want to get to, and I work from there.

But I don't know my characters until I start writing the book. It takes me a few chapters to feel comfortable with them (like getting to know someone in real life), and once I do, they start taking over and altering the plot, not a lot, but enough that it’s always different from my initial “plan.” But when the book starts, they aren't fully fleshed out in my head. I find them by writing them.

As a result, I write lots of multiple drafts of individual chapters in the beginning stages. I discover something about a character and go back to revise what I've written. But by the time I get to the end, I’ve reached the light revision stage. I don’t write a draft of an entire book, and then do second or third drafts of the whole thing. The very idea gives me shivers! I wrote the last part of my most recent book right before I sent it to my critique partners, for example. When the book is done, it's pretty much done.

Also, I do a ton of research, even now. I do a lot of it at the beginning (my next book has an artist for a hero, so I consulted with a successful artist friend of mine about HER process, etc.) when I first started to write, and I had to alter my plot some because of what she told me. Then, as I go along, I look up bits and pieces.

I guess it's a cumbersome process, but it works for me!(less)
Sabrina Jeffries LOL! Glad to hear that you enjoy them, Tricia!
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“The man is always the last to know when
Cupid has struck him
-Anonymous, Memoirs of a Mistress”
Sabrina Jeffries, One Night with a Prince

“He stared past her to the place at the other end of the dining table where Regina would sit as his wife. If she were here. If he hadn’t driven her away. “I’m not sure I know how to love, Louisa.”

She took his hand. “Don’t be silly. Loving is easy. It’s finding someone to love you back that’s hard.”
Sabrina Jeffries, To Pleasure a Prince

“Love is taking chances when every rational part of you screams, ‘Don’t risk it.’ Because it’s only when your heart has been ripped open that you get a chance to find the one person capable of making it whole.”
Sabrina Jeffries, A Lady Never Surrenders


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Gigi Sabrina,

Thanks for adding me!! I hope you have a great week!


Chryssa Thank you for adding me!
Greetings from Greece! :O)

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Nae Thanks for the friendship Sabrina. I love your books!

Sabrina Jeffries Nae wrote: "Thanks for the friendship Sabrina. I love your books!"

Glad you enjoy them, Nae!

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