I am very excited to welcome Anngela Schroeder, author of a recently released Jane Austen inspired novel, A Lie Universally Hidden, to Austenesque Reviews today!
Hi Anngela! Thank you so much for stopping by Austenesque Reviews for a little tête-à-tête! I greatly enjoyed following your writing this past year with Affections and Wishes and your story in the Meryton Press anthology, Then Comes Winter. I am so happy you are here celebrating another new release! How about we begin by talking about what was the inspiration behind your new release, A Lie Universally Hidden? How did the idea come to you?
Meredith, I’m so happy to be here. Thank you for having me. My inspiration for A Lie Universally Hidden? That’s easy. Lady Anne Darcy. I was reading P&P with my AP classes, explaining the importance of honor, and we were at the part where Lady Catherine accosts Lizzy at Longbourn. As I was lecturing, I thought, “What kind of mother would Lady Anne be if she truly wanted Darcy to marry his cousin Anne? I’m sure it was all made up by Lady C,” and there you have it! 🙂
Brilliant! I love when authors write about Lady Anne and her relationship with her family! And I love that the idea for this novel came while you were teaching! 😉 Your first Austenesque story was a contemporary romance and more of an Austen-inspired original tale, how did writing a Regency era Pride and Prejudice variation compare with that writing experience? Were some aspects easier or more challenging?