Apr 042018
 

Hi friends!!  I’m so very excited to have the lovely Jenetta James visit my blog today to celebrate her new release, Lover’s Knot!  I absolutely adored The Elizabeth Papers which had a bit of an air of intrigue to it so I’m super excited to read her latest which introduces a mysterious death at Netherfield!!! I hope you enjoy this lovely Q&A Jenetta so kindly put together!

Firstly – thank you Meredith for having me to visit Austenesque Reviews for an interview. It is always an honour to feature on this splendid blog and I’m thrilled to be back here as part of the Lover’s Knot blog tour.

What is Lover’s Knot about?

Lover’s Knot is a murder mystery and variation story combined. It asks what would have happened to the love story in Pride & Prejudice if it was effectively interrupted by a murder at an important moment in the narrative. So, when Lizzy is staying at Netherfield to tend Jane, a crime is committed in the house and that changes everything. It sends our characters, and particularly Mr. Darcy on a new trajectory where love and truth are linked and to achieve personal happiness, he must put himself out for others and assume the role of sleuth. It is written in the first person present tense from the perspective of the man himself.

First person, present tense – what is that all about?

The whole story (apart from the postscript) is Mr Darcy in the present. The idea is that the reader lives the story through the lens of his experience and in the moment. I hoped to convey a sense of immediacy and closeness to him as a narrator. The idea with Lover’s Knot is that it is a mystery which Mr. Darcy has to work out – but it is also a journey on which he learns about himself, and of course his love for Elizabeth. So I hope that the way it is written helps to underline that. I’ll have to wait to see how successful readers believe it really is:-) Suddenly Mrs. Darcy is a first person story – but I have never written in the present tense before – and it was a bit of an experiment. Sustaining that was quite hard work and gave my poor editor lots to correct! Continue reading »

Mar 282018
 

Hello readers!  I am so very excited to welcome back author, Jan Hahn to Austenesque Reviews!  If you aren’t familiar with Jan Hahn‘s work, I entreat you to rectify that immediately!  She writes some brilliant and inventive Pride and Prejudice variations (The Journey and A Peculiar Connection are my particular favorites so far!)  At the moment she is celebrating her newest release (one that I understand has been a fan favorite for years!!!) – The ChildIn this tale it looks like Darcy something very dramatic after Elizabeth’s refusal in Kent, I can’t wait to learn more about what happens between these two!!

Thank you so much, Meredith, for hosting me on your blog today. I’ve loved your posts for so long. Checking in with you several times a week is an absolute must at my house!

Many authors, myself included, will tell you of a strange phenomenon that often takes place while creating a story. A plot may be carefully organized in the writer’s mind when suddenly the characters seem to develop a mind of their own. Not only will they say and do things unintended by the author, but at times they even strike out on a different path than originally planned. It’s like following Alice down the rabbit hole.

When I began The Child, I thought I was writing a sympathetic tale of a misunderstood man. Darcy has always wanted to do the right thing. When he proposed to Elizabeth at Hunsford in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he did not intend to insult her. Despite her family and relations, Darcy thought he was fulfilling Elizabeth’s dreams, but instead he almost ruined any chance of making her his wife. Thank goodness, he knew how to write a letter or Austen wouldn’t have had a happy ending. Continue reading »

Mar 092018
 

Happy Friday, readers!  Are you ready to start your weekend?  I know I am!  But I’m real excited to kick off my weekend sharing this lovely chat I had with author Samantha Whitman.  As you might have seen, Samantha has released a new book titled Ditching Mr. Darcy (such a provocative title, right?), and today she is answering my questions about Jane Austen, her writing, and her new release.  We hope you enjoy!

Welcome, Samantha! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Since you are a new author to me and some of my readers, how about we start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been writing? When did you first encounter Jane Austen?

Thank you so much for having me, Meredith – I am so excited to be here! I am a mom of five young kids, as well as a photographer with my own business. I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, but it was only about a year ago (during a bout of insomnia), that I endeavored to make the nights feel shorter by writing a novel. I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice after watching what is now my all-time favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail, when I was fifteen years old. When I finished reading it I moved on to the rest of her novels, and thus began a lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen.

I love how you turned the negative aspect of suffering from insomnia into something wonderful like writing a novel!! And how great that you turned to Jane Austen! I LOVE You’ve Got Mail! One of my faves too! What are some other movies you enjoy?  Do you have any favorite Jane Austen movies?

I would have to say Austenland is definitely in my top five – I could watch it every single day!! I also love the Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie, Northanger Abbey, the Emma miniseries with Ramola Garai, and Lost in Austen – Tom Mison’s Mr. Bingley was definitely the inspiration for the one in my book – he is just so dreamy!! And speaking of dreamy, the Mr. Darcy in Bridget Jones is my favorite of Colin Firth’s characters. Continue reading »