By now you all know I really like Jane Austen variations 😉 And today I have Victoria Connelly over who has written A Weekend With Mr Darcy. There is also a chance to win the book at the end of this interview.
Tell us something about yourself, so we can get to know you better…
I’ve always written – my first attempt at fiction was when I was 14. I grew up watching the romantic comedies of Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Doris Day and I just loved them. I’m never happier than when my writing is going well but I have other interests too. I’m passionate about animal welfare and have a Springer spaniel from rescue and four ex- battery chickens. I also love baking, gardening and walking in the countryside.
Could you tell me about your newest book, A Weekend with Mr Darcy?
A Weekend with Mr Darcy is the first in my trilogy about Jane Austen addicts. It’s a romantic comedy set in rural Hampshire about two couples who meet and fall in love at Jane Austen conference. It’s had some lovely reviews in the UK and I was delighted to hear that Andrew Davies had read it – he’s the screenwriter who adapted Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and he thought my book was ‘Great fun … a real page turner.’ I was so thrilled!
What made you write a contemporary book with Jane Austen vibes?
I wanted to explore what it was like living with a Jane Austen addict. I’m forever watching the film adaptations of the books and I often wonder what my husband thinks of it all. I’d also be visiting many of Austen’s beautiful locations including Chawton in Hampshire, Lyme Regis in Dorset and the Georgian city of Bath and I couldn’t help thinking that they would make wonderful settings books.
Which Jane Austen novel is your favorite?
Pride and Prejudice – it was the first Jane Austen I read and I totally fell in love with it. I adore Elizabeth and Mr Darcy – sparks fly whenever they are together! I also love the humour and the way Austen portrays the characters of Mr Collins and Lady Catherine. Oh, and wicked Wickham – he’s such a great character.
Who would you picture playing the leading roles if this book was turned into a movie?
My first published book, Flights of Angels, was made into a movie in Germany and it’s every writer’s dream to see that happen. For A Weekend with Mr Darcy, my dream cast would be Richard Armitage as my hero, Warwick Lawton, Rose Byrne as my academic, Dr Katherine Roberts, Rebecca Night as romantic Robyn Love and Jared Padalecki as handsome Dan Harcourt. So, if you can arrange that for me, I’d be very grateful!
Could you tell me about a little about the other books you have written?
The next book in my Jane Austen trilogy is called Dreaming of Mr Darcy and comes out in January. It’s about a young woman who runs a bed and breakfast in Lyme Regis and falls madly in love with the actor playing Captain Wentworth in a new adaptation of Persuasion which is filming in the town. The final book in the trilogy is called Mr Darcy Forever and is about to estranged sisters who meets at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. I’ve also written a romantic comedy called Molly’s Millions which is about a lottery winner who gives it all away.
Are you working on something new and exciting at the moment?
Indeed, I am! I’ve just completed my Austen addicts trilogy and I’m working on a new romantic comedy called The Runaway Actress about a movie star who swaps Hollywood for the Highlands of Scotland. There’s a whole cast of crazy characters and a fabulous backdrop – I love writing about Scotland.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
Never give up. If you love writing and really want to be published, keep at it. Read as much as you can and write as often as you can and keep sending your book out to agents and publishers. It can often take years before becoming published but, if you’re passionate enough about it and willing to learn from your mistakes, you will get there!
Thanks for stopping by!
And thank you for your lovely questions.
1 copy of A Weekend with Mr. Darcy
1. Open to US and Canda
2. Ends August 4th
3. Just enter or well just write anything you want really 🙂 Like which one is your fav JA book or movie?
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Full of characters obsessed with Jane Austen and set in Jane Austen locations in England, this lively modern Jane Austen romantic comedy trilogy features two pairs of lonely hearts who find each other and themselves at a Jane Austen Addicts weekend.
Dr. Katherine Roberts is a Jane Austen lecturer at St Bridget’s College, Oxford, who secretly loves the racy Regency novels of Lorna Warwick. But Lorna is really a man who’s slowly been falling in love with Katherine. He’s hoping that the Jane Austen Addicts weekend will be the perfect opportunity to declare his feelings…
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