10 Questions for Sophia Nash

Before she became an award-winning romance novelist, Sophia Nash’s colorful career took her from television production to Congress, where she worked as a speech writer and press secretary, to the Washington International Horse Show, where she served as executive director. Her first book, A Secret Passion, was a finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her next book, A Passionate Endeavor, won the RITA award for best Traditional Regency from the Romance Writers of America. More Regencies, then Regency Historical romances, soon followed. Nash’s latest book, Whispering in French, ventures into women’s fiction territory. Nash spoke with us about romantic movies, writing tips, and the ooh-la-la appeal of France.

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JOHN CHARLES: Who is Sophia Nash?

SOPHIA NASH: Half American and half French, I’ve always felt like a foreigner wherever I lived. But I was very fortunate to be born into a family that thrived on exploring the world. My father thought nothing of pulling up roots every year or two to live and learn different cultures as his job allowed him freedom to travel. Yes, it was challenging at times, but I will never forget the lesson he taught me of being fearless to embrace change and explore as much as you possibly can. With such an upbringing, it is perhaps no surprise that my professional career included various paths, including stints on Capitol Hill, television producer for a CBS affiliate, international live television production from places such as Moscow, Geneva, London, and Paris, as well as ten years as CEO of a nonprofit benefiting children’s charities. But before my father died in 2000, he suggested I pursue my lifelong dream of writing, and so a new career was born.

 

What is Whispering in French about?

It’s a story of redemption and finding your place and a new purpose in life when everything has fallen apart. It’s steeped in history, particularly WWII, and the mystical beauty of the southwest coast of France, the Pays Basque.

 

Whispering in French gifts readers with a marvelously evocative portrait of the south of France. What does France mean to you personally?

France is a striking portrait of the Old World. But the southwest coast, the Pays Basque, is a clash of old and new due to the extraordinary mix of nationalities, and all stations and generations. From world renowned surfers in ancient VW buses and Basque farmers producing mouth watering delicacies to ancient aristocrats at the Casino and cyclists tackling the Pyrenees whilst hikers begin the ancient Camino—it is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth. It’s certainly my favorite place.

 

Is everything really more romantic when said in French?

Yes, things might sound more romantic, but isn’t it the person who is saying the words to you and how they are weaving the phrases in any language that makes all the difference in the world?

 

What do you wish you knew now that you didn’t when you first started out as a writer?

To never, ever hold back. To throw your heart and soul into every story. To take extreme risks, be scared—those words that become paragraphs that become pages and chapters should evoke the most powerful emotions in you so they have the best chance to do the same to readers.  Lastly, it’s most critical to be disciplined in your writing day above all else.

 

What is one romance novel everyone should read and why?  

Pride and Prejudice, of course, because the characters are magnificent, genuine, vulnerable, hysterically funny, and the plot is brilliant and iconic.

 

What is your absolute most favorite romantic film of all time? Possibly a little known Danish film: Love is All You Need. The heroine is everything I admire in a person.

 

What is the one question you wish people would ask you in interviews but they never do?

“Where do you get your ideas?” No, ahem, that is the question every author hears at some point. Maybe: Why do you write?

 

What’s next for you ?

I’m in the midst of brainstorming and contemplating three different stories. You can visit www.sophianash.com in a bit to see which one rises to the top of the swirling pool of endless ideas.

How can readers best connect with you?

I love to hear from readers!

Via email: Sophia@sophianash.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sophia-Nash

Twitter: @sophianash1

Instagram: @snashy64

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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