Heather Lynn Rigaud is fascinated by the comparisons between life in earlier times and modern times. Thus, she spends much of her time thinking about how regency-era characters would exist now, and how a wife and mother would have lived in the past. She is a professional writer with degrees in Music Therapy and Teaching who lives with her husband and two sons in Kingston, NY.
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Title (or Working Title) of your book
Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star!
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
My book is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Predjudice, set in the fast-paced world of Rock & Roll.
On the Slurry tour, the music's hot, but backstage is an inferno. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the enigmatic virtuoso guitarist of the rock band Slurry, is in trouble. He needs a replacement warm-up band for the North American leg of their world tour. Against his better judgement, he hires a girl band, lead by the beautiful, yet determined, Elizabeth Bennet.
Slurry is the story of two bands on tour together. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the leader of Slurry. Rich, tall, and talented, Darcy is attempting to run his band as well as his family's fortune. His need for control is driving him on, but he's becoming distracted by the attractive guitarist in his new warm up band.
Elizabeth Bennet is the lead guitarist in Long Borne Suffering. She's warm and friendly, but is stung by comments she overhears Darcy make. Determined to make the most of the opportunity she's been given, Elizabeth is not going to let anyone, especially Darcy, stand in her way. Both Elizabeth and Darcy firmly believe that work and romance don't go together. Funny how that never works out.
How long have you been at work on this book?
The book was written in 2002 and 2003, then put aside until 2010.
How did the idea originate?
It was Abigail Reynolds who got me thinking about how would Darcy live in this modern time. It's given that he would be wealthy and successful, but he also needed a modicum of fame. I was puzzling on how to make him a celebrity, but still Darcy- cold and aloof. He would never be glad-handing fans on TV Guide, or pushing his next big thing on Letterman.
He would be Darcy, at heart always true to his integrity, and yes, his pride. It came to me that he could be some kind of artist. They could easily maintain a quiet and aloof persona. A musician maybe? At the same time I was thinking about this, I heard a new song from a new band called "Puddle of Mudd". The song was 'She Hates Me' and it occurred to me that this was so much like Darcy right after Elizabeth rejects him at Hunsford (I freely admit to having Jane Austen on the brain, and I strongly believe I'm not the only one) The chorus of the song goes like this:
I tried too hard
and she tore my feelings like I had none
and ripped them away
So then I thought about well known guitarists: Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Eddie Van Halen from Van Halen, The Edge of U2, even Slash from Guns & Roses. Men who were perfectly content to let someone else do the frontman stuff. Men who let their instrument express what they felt. Then in a moment I had it:
Fitzwilliam Darcy is the enigmatic virtuoso guitarist for the world famous rock band Slurry.
I knew right there I had my story. It flowed freely from that point. I gathered up my team of beta readers and got to work. When Slurry was finished, I had learned new things about sound and lighting boards, CT Scans, film shoots, arrest procedures and so much more. I had readers begging for guest roles in the story (mostly as Richard Fitzwilliam's 'flavors of the day') and people were creating CD covers for the band's fictional albums.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
I listened to music the whole time I was writing it. Each chapter would have a specific song that I'd play over and over as I was writing the scene.