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About Sofia Hunt
Sofia loves to write hot romances with even hotter heroes. She prefers warm sun, warm sand, and views of bronzed, buff bodies on the beach. She lives on the west coast with assorted animals, including the human male variety. When she's not writing, she's shopping or socializing. She writes traditional romances under another pen name and divides her time between the two personnas.
Also by Sofia Hunt
The First Bride—Brides of Bachelor Bay 1
The Cowboy Rides again
Riding the Circuit
Winner Takes All
Back in the Saddle
An Interview with Sofia Hunt
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Sofia, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is The Bride Bargain, part of your Brides of Bachelor Bay series. What can you tell us about the series itself?
SH: Last summer I started toying with an idea for a ménage series based on a bit of Seattle history. The basic plot revolved around a group of two dozen women who answered an ad in a Boston newspaper for brides wanted in 1860s Washington Territory. The women who answered my hero's ad were willing to leave civilization behind and journey to an unknown land in the hope of finding a new life and a new love. The Gallagher brothers, who owned a logging company and sawmill, placed the ad in order to pacify their lumberjacks who were threatening to leave because of the lack of women in the area.
Figuring there was safety in numbers, I talked to my good friends, Bella Grace and Eve Adams, to see if they'd be interested in joining me. The more we talked about the idea, the more excited we became. The three of us collaborated on characters, plots, conflicts, and threads that'd run through all the stories. I poured over old UW archives on historical logging and pioneer life in the Pacific Northwest.
And The Brides of Bachelor Bay was born.
HH: What can you tell us about the first three books in the series?
SH: The first book is aptly named The First Bride and is the story of the leader of the brides, Lizzie, who falls in love with two of the four brothers who own the logging company in Port Steele. Lizzie and her two sisters came out west to escape a murderous uncle. The second book, The Husband Contract, by Bella Grace, is the story of the middle sister, Olivia, the bookworm of the family. The third book, Patience is Their Virtue, by Eve Adams, is the story of a stowaway on the bride ship.
HH: How does The Bride Bargain continue it?
SH: In the first three books, the reader is introduced to Lucy, the gossip of the brides who believes she is an exceptional cook and singer, when in reality she is neither. Lucy has high aspirations regarding the type of man she'll marry. After being in Port Steele for a year, she's received no marriage offers. She approaches the Gallaghers and demands they find her a husband or release her from her contract.
HH: What do you like best about Lucy and why will readers relate to her?
SH: Lucy doesn't understand how others see her. She has a completely different view of herself and is somewhat clueless. She has certain requirements for a future husband and refuses to waver on those requirements. When she's given an offer she can't refuse, she finds herself living with two men who do not meet her expectations. I think all of us know a person who doesn't see herself clearly and despite her faults truly has a good heart. That's Lucy.
HH: What do you like best about Tate and Jason and why will readers love them?
SH: Tate has a disfiguring scar on his face and hides behind it. He's been rejected enough by women that he avoids them and has all but given up on his dream of a home and family. He's a hard-working man who pretends to be content with his lot in life. Jason is the ambitious younger brother who wants it all, including the most desirable woman in town. He's humiliated by the fact that he can't read. Both men have their vulnerabilities, and eventually Lucy helps them get beyond them.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
SH: At this point in time, I'm concentrating on my m/f books that I write under another pen name. If BB4 does well, I'll write another Bachelor Bay book.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
SH: I'm working on building my brand. I want the books that I publish to be the best I can write with characters that stay with you long after you've finished the book. I'm concentrating on a small-town series and a football series under my other pen name. I'm quite excited about both series.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
SH: Mercy Celeste's Wicked Game. I'm a sucker for football and hockey heroes.
HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?
SH: Truthfully, I rarely purchase paperbacks anymore. I just bought a Kindle Fire so I'll be shopping in the Kindle store from now on.
HH: Any special plans for the holidays this year?
SH: I'm hosting dinner for the family this year so I'll be staying around home and cooking. I'd like to wish everyone out there Happy Holidays!
HH: Thank you!
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