We really enjoyed the first two novels in the series: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy and look forward to reading this one too. Each of the novels are contemporary tales inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters and have been widely praised.
Today is its publication date and we are celebrating its release with a guest blog with Victoria and a grand giveaway of three copies.
It’s really exciting to see Mr Darcy Forever hit the shelves. It hardly seems a minute ago since I came up with the idea for a trilogy about Jane Austen addicts. I had been visiting many of the Austen locations: Chawton, Steventon and Winchester in Hampshire, Lyme Regis in Dorset and the Georgian city of Bath. I’ve always thought they were all so beautiful and I soon realised that I wanted to write about them.
I’ve been a lifelong Jane Austen fan and it amazes me how her work has stood the test of time and how readers are still so in love with her characters and stories, and I really wanted to explore that. Why are these books is still so important to us today? Why are we still obsessed with Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth? And can there ever be enough TV and film adaptations? These were just some of the questions I hoped to answer in my trilogy.
There are lots of books written about Austen’s heroes and heroines – prequels, sequels and spin-offs – but there aren’t many books written about her fans and that’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to rewrite Austen’s books but I did want to make references to them with, perhaps, the odd gentle nod with my own characters. Mr. Darcy Forever is the closest book in my trilogy to an original Austen novel because I wanted to examine the relationship between two very different sisters: Sarah and Mia. Sarah has OCD and likes everything to be in order at all times. She’s very controlled whereas Mia is impetuous and romantic. Can anyone guess which Austen novel inspired my two sisters?
And my heroes? I hope they are reminiscent of Austen’s own wonderful heroes being strong and dependable, kind and loving – someone my heroine can turn to in times of trouble, somebody who will always be there for her.
Victoria Connelly’s first novel was promoted in Germany to celebrate World Book Day and was adapted into a TV movie. Her second novel was published as a lead title in the UK and chosen as a “hot pick” in Closer magazine. Her new trilogy is her first foray into Jane Austen related fiction. Connelly lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, Springer spaniel and ex-battery chickens. Visit Victoria at her blog, on Facebook and as @VictoriaDarcy on Twitter.
Giveaway of Mr. Darcy Forever
Enter a chance to win one of three copies of Mr. Darcy Forever by leaving a comment answering what intrigues you most about reading a Sense and Sensibility-inspired contemporary novel or what characters you would like to see Victoria write about next, by midnight PT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Winners to be announced on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Print edition shipment to US and Canadian addresses only. E-book edition internationally. Good luck!
Many thanks to Victoria for her three guest blogs for each of the Austen Addicts novels in this series over the past year, and to her publisher Sourcebooks, for generously offering the giveaways. We wish her the best of luck with this new novel and hope she will be inspired to write a future Austen-inspired series.
© 2007 – 2012 Victoria Connelly, Austenprose