Hi readers! I am very excited to welcome Monica Fairview, author of a newly released Pride and Prejudice variation titled, Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy to Austenesque Reviews today! This new release is the third book in Monica’s The Darcy Novels series. Mr. Darcy’s Pledge and Mr. Darcy’s Challenge came out in 2014 and explored how Darcy copes with Elizabeth’s first rejection and what happens when his attempts to help Lydia go awry!
Monica, it is such a treat to have you visit Austenesque Reviews and indulge me in another interview! You were one of the first authors to support and visit my blog back in 2009 and I really do appreciate your continuing friendship to me and my blog all these years! I’m thrilled to celebrate another new release with you! How about we begin by talking about The Darcy Novels series. What inspired this series? What has the journey been like working on these books?
It’s a delight to be back again on your blog, Meredith. It feels like dropping in to see an old friend. When I think back to the first time I visited, I’m amazed at how successful you’ve been, and I’m completely bowled over by the momentum you’ve maintained all the way through. The blog is such a wonderful place for everything Austenesque, and you’ve never faltered. That’s such an amazing achievement in the world of blogs! I do hope your readers appreciate everything you’re doing. Come on readers, let’s stop for a moment and give Meredith a big round of Huzzahs!
Now back to The Darcy Novels series. Writing it has been a fascinating journey for me. I started Mr. Darcy’s Pledge believing it was going to be quite short, and I was taken by surprise when about half-way through I realized I had so many ideas I couldn’t possibly fit them into one or even two books. I wanted to follow the course of Mr. Darcy’s journey from the point of being rejected by Lizzy to working out what he wanted to do with his life and I discovered there was a lot of material to be covered, particularly since I started out focusing on Mr. Darcy’s point of view. It was exciting to find out that I was writing a series, but a little worrying, too, because I’d never thought of doing one before.