Interview with Sophie Barnes, Author of Mr. Dale and The Divorcée

24 Nov 2021

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Mr. Dale and The Divorcée?

I love creating characters who stand apart from the rest and dreaming up stories that are unique. Since there are so few Regency romances where divorce is even mentioned, let alone plays a key part, I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to take on. Also, many of my readers had been requesting a romance with an older couple instead of the usual debutantes. In Mr. Dale and The Divorcée, the heroine is in her late thirties while the hero is in his early forties.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Historical romance, but I’m also a big fan of historical fiction in general and even murder mysteries.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin and Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Probably the part where James and Wilhelmina join forces in order to find their children since this marks the beginning of their second chance at love. Since they’re sharing a carriage, they decide on a truce for the duration of their journey, which allows them to become better acquainted and for James to re-evaluate his opinions about Wilhelmina.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I need to get my daily word count down early in the morning. If I don’t, I stress over it for the rest of the day.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Everything is achievable as long as you put in the effort.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

That one should never judge another person in haste and that sometimes there’s more to a story than meets the eye.


Sophie Barnes is the author of the new book Mr. Dale and The Divorcée

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