Happy Friday readers!! I am so excited to welcome the lovely and kind, Cassandra Grafton to Austenesque Reviews (for her first official visit!) You may have heard that Cassandra’s newest book – A Quest For Mr. Darcy released YESTERDAY! Woot woot! And we thought it would be fun to sit down and have a little chat about her writing and her new release! We hope you enjoy!
Hi Cassandra! Thank you so much for this lovely visit to Austenesque Reviews! As you well-know from my reviews and frequent mentions, I am an ardent admirer of your novels – the introspective A Fair Prospect Trilogy and the inventive The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, which you co-wrote with Ada Bright! I am so excited to have you here in celebration of your new release, A Quest for Mr. Darcy!
I understand A Quest for Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins soon after Mr. Darcy returns from Kent and realizes he cannot forget Elizabeth Bennet, even though she’s rejected him…and so he plans to do something a little drastic! I always love hearing how authors come up with their ideas, do you mind sharing your inspiration behind this new variation?
It’s so lovely to be here, Meredith, and I’m delighted to talk about the origins of my new story!
It’s been a long time in finishing, because I had the initial idea back in 2010. It was put aside after I started it, and I only picked up my pen to continue back in the autumn of last year.
The inspiration first came to me when I was lying on a beach (though there’s no beach in the story) sunbathing (ditto) in Portugal (nope) and, much to my husband’s mild annoyance, I then spent the next couple of hours lying still for a few minutes, then sitting up suddenly and grabbing my pencil and notebook. Then, I’d lie down again only to sit up soon after to add more notes, and so it continued!