Victoria Connelly was brought up in Norfolk and studied English literature at Worcester University before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire. After getting married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales, she moved to London where she lives with her artist husband and a mad springer spaniel. She has three novels published in Germany and the first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film. Victoria and her husband flew out to Berlin to see it being filmed and got to be extras in it. Her first novel in the UK, Molly's Millions, is a romantic comedy about a lottery winner who gives it all away. A Weekend With Mr Darcy is the first book in a planned series to be set in the world of Austen addicts, which is a wonderful excuse for Victoria to read all the books and watch all the gorgeous film and TV adaptations again. Victoria is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and has a short story called Mummies and Daddies - set in the mummy rooms of the British Museum - in their 50th anniversary anthology, Loves Me, Loves Me Not.
Do you use myspace, facebook, twitter, or other social networking sites? If so, how do we find you on those sites?
I have a personal account on Facebook and a fan page too. I am "VictoriaDarcy" on Twitter. I have a page on Myspace too.
What books are you currently reading?
Jane Austen's 'Emma' Arthur Ransome's 'Secret Water' Julia Golding's 'The Glass Swallow'
What are your favorite books?
Anything by Jane Austen (but esp Pride and Prejudice) HE Bates's 'The Darling Buds of May' books Miss Read Arthur Ransome Raffaella Barker Sophie Kinsella
What books would you recommend to your readers?
Any of the above, especially Sophie Kinsella - unbeatable romantic comedies
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
A Weekend with Mr Darcy is a romantic comedy about two couples who meet and fall in love at a Jane Austen conference.
How long have you been at work on this book?
It took me about 8 months to write.
How did the idea originate?
I wanted to explore my own obsession with Jane Austen and how that might affect romantic relationships.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
It enabled me to visit many wonderful Austen locations such as Jane Austen's home in Chawton and I actually wrote a scene in Winchester Cathedral where Jane Austen is buried. I visited on her birthday in December - the day my scene is set.