Jan 232017
 

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? Continue reading »

Aug 242016
 

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Happy Wednesday, readers!  So you may remember that a couple weeks ago I read Hope for Mr. Darcy by Jeanna Ellsworth, right?  And that in my review I mentioned one of my favorite parts of the story was Colonel Fitzwilliam?  (Just wait until you meet him!)  Well, Jeanna was so kind to pen this lovely interview between the Colonel and me!  How I would love to meet and interview Colonel Fitzwilliam!  I’m pretty sure if I ever did, I would lose the power of speech or the ability to form a sentence! 🙂  lol!

Interview with Colonel FitzwilliamJeanna Ellsworth Lake Author Photo

Meredith: Good morning, Colonel. What a pleasure it is to have you on Austenesque Reviews! I am not sure I have ever interviewed a member of His Majesty’s Army.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: Certainly not one that is willing to be interviewed on an American Blog, am I not mistaken?

Meredith: (Laughs) Ah no, but England and the United States are no longer enemies.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: I am not sure we ever really were. We both sought to have pride in our individual countries, the freedom to live as we desire, and for our families back home to truly never know the horror the soldier encounters in their behalf. I would say we fought for the same thing. Continue reading »

Jun 242016
 

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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 Monica Fairviewin 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!

Mr_Darcys_Pledge_Cover_MEDIUM_WEBNow 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. Continue reading »