Hello readers! I am very happy to welcome the lovely Shannon Winslow back to Austenesque Reviews today! If you have not read any of Shannon’s stories, they are simply wonderful and you need to check them out with all possible haste (especially Return to Longbourn and The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – my two favorites!). Today Shannon is here to talk about her latest novel, Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley. I hope you greatly enjoy her post!
As soon as Meredith invited me to be her guest on the book tour for Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley, I knew what I wanted to write about. Since both Meredith and Georgiana are accomplished at playing the piano, it seemed only right that this post should have a musical theme!
In this novel, I wanted to tell Georgiana’s story in much more depth than I had been able to in The Darcys of Pemberley. Before I could begin, however, I had some research to do. Although Pride and Prejudice was my original source, Jane Austen actually gives us very little information there. Beyond a general physical description (oh, and that unfortunate business with Mr. Wickham), about all we learn is that Mr. Darcy’s little sister is musical and painfully shy.
My imagination had to take over from there.
I intended this new book to go hand in hand with The Darcys of Pemberley – as a companion, a variation, this time from Georgiana’s point-of-view. It would be mostly new material, but the basic facts had to match. So what had I already written of Georgiana’s musical ability in the earlier book? I had said she was accomplished, that music was her emotional refuge, that she practiced faithfully, and that she often accompanied Elizabeth’s singing.