Maria Hamilton lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practices law in Boston. Her interests include travel, politics, the Red Sox, bicycling, and a random succession of hobbies that allow her to express her creative passion. She is perpetually learning Italian and hopes to one day attempt a complete conversation.
The Lady Elizabeth, Alison Weir Heresy, S.J. Parris
What are your favorite books?
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
What books would you recommend to your readers?
Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
In Pride & Prejudice, the evolution of Fitzwilliam Darcy from an aloof man unable to understand his emotions to a gentleman worthy of Elizabeth Bennet's love occurs primarily out of the reader's view. Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentlemen allows the reader to explore his unseen heart, his struggle to understand Elizabeth's rejection, and his determination to win her regard despite his previous failings. Once Darcy is thrown into Elizabeth's company again, he vows to show her, by every civility in his power, that he can please a woman actually worth having. Without the barriers of preconceived notions between them, he slowly tries to win her affections but his prior mistakes haunt their interactions and Elizabeth's family and friends in Hertfordshire misunderstand his intentions. Darcy is forced to learn how to express his passion and gain her respect. Through his determination, Elizabeth is able to overcome her poor first impressions and understand the value of his love and the honor of being the mistress of Pemberley.
How long have you been at work on this book?
The book took a year to write.
How did the idea originate?
Whenever I would reread Pride & Prejudice, I wished that that Darcy would correct his mistake about Bingley and Jane sooner. Exploring how that might play itself out, led me to write Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentlemen. Once Darcy decides to correct his mistake, he is forced to see Elizabeth much sooner than in the original novel and their courtship evolves along a different path. Once they are thrown together again, he begins to court in the manner he should have attempted when they first met.