Darcy and Fitzwilliam - A Tale of an Officer and A Tale of a Gentleman
What books are you currently reading?
To Darkness and To Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Claire Ferguson mysteries), The Plainsmen by Lori Copeland.
What are your favorite books?
Pillars of the Earth, Fanny McBride, the Fifteen Streets, Any Human Heart, the Wallander Series, Claire Ferguson Series, Richard Sharpe books, the Viking books of Bernard Cornwell
What books would you recommend to your readers?
Anything by Catherine Cookson, Bernard Cornwell, Lavyrle Spencer, Carla Kelly. I also enjoy Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, old Mary Balogh books, MacNaught,
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
Darcy and Fitzwilliam is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, concentrating on the relationship between two main characters,Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. This is a story about two cousins, close as brothers, lifelong competitors and best friends. Fitzwilliam Darcy has married his beloved Elizabeth and anxiously awaits the birth of their child, wishing the dragging months of tension were over. His cousin, Richard Fitzwilliam, desires a return to civilized society after years at war, hoping to finally become a respectable gentleman. As the saying goes, be careful of what you wish for.
How long have you been at work on this book?
About four years
How did the idea originate?
I love Pride and Prejudice, have read the book, any sequel I can latch onto, have seen the miniseries and three movies. It had always struck me that the relationship between Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam must have been very close, seeing as Darcy's father made them co-guardians of Darcy's sister Georgiana, and Fitzwilliam as executor of his will. Over the years I have come to think of them as a sort of Regency Butch and Sundance, with a slight dab of Felix and Oscar on the side.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
I wrote often at Panera Bread in Bradenton. The staff there would provide me with coffee and bear claws to keep me going.