Austentesque blogging day: An Interview With Miss Georgiana Darcy

 

I am thrilled to be a part of the Austenesque Reviews August Extravaganza. The month has been filled with amazing essays, quizzes & games, giveaways galore, reviews, interviews, and so much more. It isn’t too late to join in the fun! The list of prizes being given away during the month is beyond belief. If you do not believe me, check out this link–

Austenesque Extravaganza Giveaways

 

 

Looking down that loooonnnnggg list you will see that Sourcebooks has donated a copy of The Trouble With Mr. Darcy and I have donated a copy of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy AND a precious Advanced Reader Copy of Miss Darcy Falls in Love which will not be released until November 1. Is that amazing or what? Well, it gets better. Here, on my blog contribution for the Austenesque Extravaganza I am giving away another ARC of Miss Darcy Falls in Love! This one will be for those who comment here. Extra points are given for posting about this blog and/or the Austenesque Extravaganza on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or anywhere else you can think of. The more the better!! Just click the links below or add to your blog, and then let me know within the comment field. I will choose the winner on August 31, so check back after that. Thanks for contributing to the success of Meredith’s wonderful homage to Jane Austen.

Today is my post for Traveling Tuesday. Last year I wrote a whimsical piece titled An Interview With the Darcys as part of the blog tour for my third novel. This is a follow-up of sorts, although the other does not have to be read first. If interested An Interview With the Darcys can be read on The Writers Block, the link here:

An Interview With the Darcys on the Austen Authors Writers Block

 

Keeping to the same theme, now it is time for Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy younger sister, to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy this equally whimsical tale. If you do, be sure to comment at Austenesque Reviews and here on my blog.

Also, mark your calendars for the Austen Authors blog’s 1 Year Anniversary September 5-10. We are hosting a mini-extravaganza with prizes galore and everyone is welcome.

 

Now, enjoy the Interview With Miss Georgiana Darcy

 

“Welcome again to Pemberley, Miss Austen.”

The young, bespectacled lady bobbed a curtsy and nearly dropped her secretaire in the process. How could I forget the impact this gentleman has on me? It certainly did not help when the gentleman in question stooped to steady the bulky wooden case under her arm and brushed against her arm.

“Tha… Thank you, Mr. Darcy. It is an honor to be allowed a second visit.”

Mr. Darcy straightened. “Our pleasure, Miss Austen. Your article on me and Mrs. Darcy for the Derby Chronicle was surprisingly just with no embellishments or untruths. That alone is a feat amongst journalists in this day.”

She nodded, not noting his teasing tone or playful smile as she pushed the glasses further up her long nose. “I promise to employ the same ethics with my article on Miss Darcy, sir. You can be sure of that.”

“Indeed I am confident. Mrs. Darcy requested I ask if your cousin, the hopeful novelist, was intrigued by our story? Honestly I find it unlikely that a common tale of pride and prejudice and romance would be of interest to anyone, but my wife assures me that females delight in such tales.”

“Mrs. Darcy is correct, and my cousin was fascinated by the idea. Of course, she is barely eighteen and fanciful dreams of writing novels are primarily that: fanciful dreams.”

Mr. Darcy laughed, the resonant sound filling the air and making her smile. “Perhaps, but I wish that other Miss Austen the best. Follow me and I shall take you to the chamber where my sister awaits her interview.”

He turned toward the grand staircase at the far end of the enormous vaulted foyer. The reporter trailed behind his tall body with head whipping once again from side-to-side at the beauty around her. This time, however, her eyes continually returned to the Master of Pemberley himself, a reality both pleasant and somewhat embarrassing! It was frankly a relief to finish the flurry of introductions and be left alone with the lady.

“I anticipated our interview taking place in the parlor, Miss Darcy,” Miss Austen began while opening the case and removing her secretaire. “Why the music room?”

“This has always been my favorite room in the Manor, for a host of reasons. Music soothes my soul thus I am most comfortable here.”

Miss Austen nodded, utilizing the distraction of setting up her lap desk and inkwell to study the woman sitting serenely across from her, the clinical descriptions clicking through her brain to later be elaborated upon. Georgiana Darcy: Blonde hair, blue eyes, lovely symmetrical face, svelte, graceful, calm, quiet, intelligent expression, faint blush, humorous smile, age some five years younger than me….

“Let’s start with your childhood,” she began, quill poised above the spread parchment. “What was it like?”

“Unremarkable, I’m afraid.”

“Surely there must be something exciting?”

“Nothing that one would write about.” Miss Darcy’s matter-of-fact tone confirmed her belief in the statement. “As the younger sister to a far more important man, my activities are hardly noteworthy.”

“Rather like a secondary character in a novel?”

“Quite so!” she agreed with a musical chuckle. “Fortunately I was content to remain in the background and be inconsequential.”

“You speak in past tense, Miss Darcy. Does that mean your part, so to speak, grew exciting? Maybe earning you a first name and pivotal plot point?”

Miss Darcy blushed and ducked her head. “Perhaps, although some of the excitement I could have done without.”

“Such as…?” The reporter’s brows lifted and body unconsciously leaned forward.

“Oh, only the typical mischiefs of foolish young women experiencing first love. Surely you know of what I speak, Miss Austen?”

“Now, now. This interview is about you, Miss Darcy. My nonsensical exploits are not the topic!” She wagged her finger, the two women laughing as if long friends. “I am intrigued by your allusions, especially since I heard not a whisper of scandal or past lovers while conducting my research. Could your life until recently truly have been so boring? How disappointing!”

“Years of quiet living here at Pemberley and in London, playing music and studying, isn’t much to write about, I grant you. Hmmm…” Miss Darcy tapped her chin, the expression on her face suddenly mischievous. “What if I were to tell you that my actions played a large part in bringing my brother and Mrs. Darcy together?”

“Ah!” Miss Austen’s eyes brightened as the puzzle pieces connected. “The ‘innocent relative deceived by the family friend’ that the Darcys spoke of while recounting their tale? My cousin Jane was very intrigued by that twist and has been spinning a dozen scenarios.”

“Well, I shall tell you the truth of Mr. Wickham for this tale and hopefully your cousin’s scenarios will be used in other novels.”

“Oh, I am sure they will!”

“Afterwards I can recount my most recent adventures while touring the Continent, if you have time?” Georgiana chuckled at the reporter’s enthusiastic nod, the rapid scribbling on the parchment unceasing. “Travels through France and Switzerland, crossing the Alps, art and culture in Italy, and finally Paris, the City of Love….” She paused, staring dreamily at the small ring on her finger. “Paris is where the greatest of my adventures occurred.”

Miss Austen shook her head and laid her quill aside. “I must say, you have surprised me, Miss Darcy. I was expecting a shy, meek woman with nothing to tell. I was prepared to elaborate lavishly in my article!”

“People change. Indeed, even secondary characters can develop a voice and personality. Sometimes enough for their own novel, complete with a happy ending.”

THE END

 

Or is it? Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Her previously published novels are: Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, Loving Mr. Darcy, My Dearest Mr. Darcy, In the Arms of Mr. Darcy, A Darcy Christmas, and The Trouble With Mr. Darcy. Releasing in November, 2011, Miss Darcy Falls in Love is Georgiana’s tale of love and adventure while in France. Complete with a happy ending.

68 Comments for Austentesque blogging day: An Interview With Miss Georgiana Darcy

  1. Great interview, Sharon. Before your books I had read other P&P continuances but now I find that all the other books just don’t touch me like yours do. (Not to mention a little confusing to get an entire story line out of your head when it’s already there!). My mom and I just booked a trip to England for March 2012 and it’s your books that have inspired me to see in person what I have imagined so clearly thanks to your books. We only have 4 days so we’re not going to get to Chatham but some equally as lovely palaces in the Cotswolds are on our list. Thanks for all your writing! I’m anxiously awaiting the next one!

    And if I had a blog, I’d totally link to this. 🙂

    • Lynn, How fabulous that you are heading to England! That is still my dream destination. We had hoped to make it this year but a wedding intervened. Maybe next year will be my golden year. I know the places I would HAVE to see, but there are also about a couple dozen others I would badly WANT to see. I know it is impossible to visit them all though.

      Have fun! And thank you for your kind words regarding my novels. I am happy that you have enjoyed them.

  2. Wow! I came over here to put a little comment about another gem from Sharon, and note there are 45 comments! That says it all about your writing skills Sharon, everyone gets so much enjoyment and this interview with Miss Darcy is no exception!

    • Thanks to everyone. I appreciate the kind words. I had great fun writing this interview and giving Georgiana a chance to shine. She is a lovely young lady – my Georgiana, that is – with a playful sense of humor. I hope everyone loves the life and love I have given her.

  3. As usual, I enjoyed it! I am anxiously awaiting the new book. So ready for Georgiana’s story. Yours are my favorites of the JAFF so I’m always ready for more!

  4. Great interview, Sharon. I love it to bits and can’t wait to find out about Miss Darcy’s adventures in Paris.

    Blog about your giveaway here. Austenesque Extravaganza is also posted at my blog. I will post in my FB later.

    As an aside, it’s been awhile since I last visited your blog and I see that you have change the design and template. I think it is the same template as AuAu but with different designs and images. I love it.

    • Thanks for sharing this on your blog, Luthien. Cross promo is wonderful and very helpful.

      Good eye on the website! I designed my website and Austen Authors using the same program – Artiseer – so the general layout is similar. I had fun being as creative as possible!

  5. I really like Randall and Kitty! I love how they met and that he calls her “kitten”. I hope to see more of them.

  6. Hi Sharon!

    What a marvelous tidbit of an interview! I can’t wait for the book to come out to read all about Georgiana’s adventures and story!

    Thank you so much for keeping us so wonderfully entertained with all your Darcy Saga novels. I have enjoyed reading every one of them!

    Take care and God Bless.

    Esther

  7. Oh, Sharon! That was a great tidbit of an interview! I loved it!! I can’t wait until the book comes out so I can read all about Georgiana’s adventures and story! Thank you so much for keeping us so entertained with your wonder Darcy Saga novels! I’ve loved reading every one of them. Take care and God Bless.

    Esther

  8. Oh, that was a fantastic interview! I’d love to read the rest of Miss Darcy’s story–can’t wait til it comes out!

  9. Sharon, once again a fantastic interview. You are perfectly connecting interviews, books and our beloved Darcy family!
    It never gets boring, there´s always something new and something surprising!

    Thank you!
    Susanne

  10. i have enjoyed reading the interview with Georgiana and I can’t wait for your new book. I love all of the characters and will look forward to reading more on each of them, especially Lizzy and Darcy. keep up the good work.

      • Thanks for sharing the link, Valerie. I do appreciate that.

        Yes, my galleries are pretty awesome. I have been accumulating images for many years now and still add on to them now and again. I love historic images and being able to see what a place or thing looked like helps me so much in my writing.

  11. I just love stories about Georgiana. She is one of my favorite minor characters (Col Fitz and Kitty being the others). I love the Darcy Saga and can’t wait to read Miss Darcy Falls in Love.

    The Austenesque Extravaganza has been so much fun! And I look in at Austen Authors pretty much daily. It’s almost anniversary party time. 😀

    • Georgiana has developed a spunky attitude as she has grown up. Not the mouse any longer. At least not MY Georgiana. :Wink:

  12. Sharon, great minds run along the same lines. My new novel is entitled The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. It’s a mystery, very much in the order of The Phantom of Pemberley. Therefore, we shan’t be competing. I do so hate it when that happens. Thanks for the lovely excerpt.

    • Never a competition between us, Regina. The world does not tire of great Austen, I don’t think. Some would say secondary characters are not as beloved as Lizzy and Darcy, and I suppose that is true to a degree, but I think people do love the other amazing characters that Jane gave us.

      Long live the secondary characters!

  13. I loved reading this post! I happen to be a fan of Miss Georgiana and I’ve often thought that a novel from her point of view would be very interesting. So needless to say I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the post and giveaway! I also follow Austen Authors frequently so I’ll keep Sept 5th marked on my calender!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Wonderful, Margaret! We are planning some fun stuff at Austen Authors – especially with the giveaways!

      Best of luck in all the drawings, mine included.

  14. I’ve read and greatly enjoyed all of your books, Sharon. I can’t wait for “Miss Darcy Falls in Love.” She’s certainly grown as a character in your books, and it will be interesting to see her develop even more. The interviews with Jane Austen’s cousin are so clever!

    • Thanks Deborah. I need to think who else my intrepid reporter can interview! Perhaps Dr. Darcy at some point, hmmm?

      • That would be great! I love Dr. Darcy. As a former reporter, I know he would be a great interview, with lots of colorful quotes. I would ask him about India (of course) and his pioneering medical views — and his opinion of men’s fashion!

  15. I’ve always loved a good sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but your novels are spellbinding. I get trapped in the novel and completely ignore people around me. In between the last book and the upcoming book, I have decided to read the entire Jane Austen collection by date of publication. I’ve been quite literally obsessed. Your books are fantastic and I’m counting down the days till November! Thanks for these little extras.

    • Obsession is good, Lacey. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. LOL!

      Thank you so much. You have warmed my heart with your praise. Now I am blushing!

    • Wow! Thank you so very much, Sharon. You are wonderful. I appreciate the mega shout-out! You have a lovely website and I am honored to be on there. :THANK-YOU:

  16. Thanks Mary. I really enjoyed giving her a life and voice of her own. She has become quite special to me – her and her fella!

  17. Austenesque has been delish & your contribution is a lovely addition!
    looking so forward to reading more of Georgiana’s adventures in France and in love…
    thank you for whetting our appetites ”)

    frm one Sharon to another ~

    • Hello Sharon! It is a terrific name, isn’t it? LOL! I rarely meet another Sharon so it is a pleasure.

      Thanks for sharing Austenesque on your blog. Meredith is doing a great thing with her event and I am honored to be a part of it. Your support is much appreciated.

  18. Ah, thanks Cindy! What a lovely thing to say. It is very nice to know that a reader enjoys one of my novels so thoroughly. An author can wish for nothing more.

    Thanks, Blodeuedd, for taking on the task of reading and reviewing my novel. I hope you will be pleased.

    Much appreciated, Jakki! It is a great story, if I say so myself! LOL!

    Good luck to all in the drawing.

  19. Lovely interview, Sharon! I am looking forward to Georgiana’s story and finding out about her true love she finds in Paris!

  20. Sharon,
    Everything you write blows me away! Matt says when I’m reading one of your books; I have a look on my face like I’m not even present…that I’ve travelled in time back to Pemberley and am the proverbial “fly on the wall”.
    Thank you for this new book. I’ve had it pre-order since it was announced and I just know it will be fabulous! <3

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