Kathryn L. Nelson's romance with the language and characters of Jane Austen was reawakened in 1995 by the BBC/A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. This, her first novel, finaled in the sequel contest at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England Nelson. Kathryn Nelson lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
The day that Jane and Elizabeth Bennet wed Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy marks the departure point for Pemberley Manor. While Mr and Mrs Bingley might be expected to get on famously, Mr and Mrs Darcy will surely need to work on their communication skills. What forces in Darcy's past gave such a good man so difficult a public demeanor? Will Elizabeth's stubborn optimism win the day after the honeymoon is over?
How long have you been at work on this book?
I initially spent three years absorbing Jane Austen's works and adaptations while writing in the wee hours of the morning. The second round took another year of polishing.
How did the idea originate?
I was obsessed with Pride and Prejudice after seeing the BBC/A&E 1995 production. I simply wanted to spend more time with these characters and play with the language of Austen.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
I wrote in stolen moments from work, sleep and family - most of it late at night.