Interview with Sia McKye at Over Coffee, and 2 reviews

The blog tour marches on with my first interview for this novel given by Sia McKye at her Thoughts Over Coffee blog. Sia kindly hosted me on her blog last March when Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy was released. At that time I wrote an essay about learning to balance a writer’s life with the “real” one we must still inhabit. That blog can be read here-  Learning to Juggle by Sharon Lathan

Sia has again requested to share the spotlight with me and sent some interesting questions for me to answer. How do people come up with so many different things to ask? Amazing! It was terrific fun, and enlightening. I hope you will pop over to read what I had to say.

Interview with Sharon Lathan at Sia’s Thoughts Over Coffee

REVIEWS!

This Wednesday is also very special because I received two more wonderful reviews for My Dearest Mr. Darcy. Nope, I never get tired of that! The first comes from Bella at A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf. Bella has been very supportive and favorable in the past, both with a glowing review of Loving Mr. Darcy – it can be read HERE – and by honoring me with a guest spot wherein I talked about my favorite Secondary Characters. Her delight with my brand of storytelling for the Darcys has extended to my third novel, I am happy to say. Thanks Bella! A snippet to pique your interest–

My Dearest Mr Darcy is a treasure to be appreciated and loved by fans of Jane Austen and regency romance. In times of there being too many classic-mash-ups, such as Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, I think fans will adore the simple elegance that this this beautiful novel. I highly recommend all fans race out and pick up this beautiful novel today.

Review of My Dearest Mr. Darcy at A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf

My second for this wonderful Wednesday comes from Anna’s Book Blog. A 4-star review with terrific words of praise. A nice soundbite–

A heartfelt enjoyable story filled with passion and warmth. Beautifully written. You can tell just how much the author loves the story and the characters.

Review of My Dearest Mr. Darcy at Anna’s Book Blog

3 Comments for Interview with Sia McKye at Over Coffee, and 2 reviews

  1. Dear Sharon!

    I just read the interview and the blogs. Especially I love the interview, it is great!
    I didn´t know that you only work during the nights. I think that is very hard. How can you do it all? You are really a remarkable lady.
    I do hope that there will be Darcy 6, 7…….
    Could you imagine writting more books in your Darcy Saga?

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Susanne

  2. Hi Jenny,

    To answer your questions:

    Every writer is different, of course. Since my saga is unfolding it is a more organic process. At various points I know what is going to happen next or later on, sometimes vaguely and other times clearly. Often I am feeling it as I go.

    Thanks for commenting on George. He is a favorite of mine. 🙂

    Research gives me many of my ideas. I uncover something interesting, usually while searching for something else, and find a way to write it in.

    The pet names evolved. In general I felt that Lizzy, being more country and familiar with shortened names, would easily fall into addressing her husband as William, the name he prefers anyway. "Fitzwilliam" was reserved for special occasions! "Mr. Darcy" was used playfully, or when she is vexed. Darcy, on the other hand, would be a bit more formal. Even though he is used to being addressed informally as William, I felt it more natural for him to be proper with others. Thus it is Elizabeth most of the time. But of course he does slip and call her "Lizzy" from time to time!

    I haven’t yet actually picked up the actual books and read them cover to cover. I flip through them and read passages upon occasion, but you are right that I pretty much have it all memorized by now! During editing, of course, I go through each line over and over with a fine tooth comb.

    Enjoy your addiction! I know I sure do. 🙂

  3. Sharon,
    Congratulations on the wonderful reviews!!! The interview with Sia McKye was awesome!! She seems like one cool lady to hang out with!!! I LOVE "My Dearest Mr. Darcy"!!!! Girl, you are really awesome and I would love to be a fly on the wall while you are writing!!! I have a couple of questions….I remember taking Writing classes in college but, have to admit that writing was never my strong point so I am a little unsure of the whole process. One of my questions is do you know the end of the story and write everything around that? I love George Darcy and thought it was so cool how you started with him and brought him to life!!! Does research bring on ideas and move you toward an idea or does the research just beef up the character or situation. Another question I have is when Darcy and Elizabeth address each other they often change their pet name. How would you characterize the pet name used for the emotion they are feeling? I think I know some but just want to make sure I am seeing them they way you intend. One last question (I"m sorry, I hope I am not to much of a pest) I know you read and re-read your work but do you go back and read the whole stroy later once it is turned into the offical book? I am so sorry that I am so full of questions, I can’t help it I am addicted!!! I love your stories and enjoy the happy escape!! It is so refreshing and helps me change my attitude. Thank you again and I hope you get to go have a pedicure and relax real soon!!!
    Thank you,
    Jenny

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