The Trouble With Mr. Darcy has not celebrated its official release – that will begin on this upcoming Friday and will be AWESOME fun so be sure to come back then – but since the pre-orders arrived and were shipped out very early this time around many folks have read it. The feedback has been favorable, which makes me SO happy! Yet with the delight in how this novel continued on the story comes the inevitable questions, “Are you done with the Darcys?” and “What will be next?” Excellent questions and I planned to wait until later this month to talk about my future, but since so many are asking I figured I would share a bit.
Am I done with the Darcys? Yes and No. As I was completing my fifth novel I decided it was time to give it a neatly tied up bow, so to speak. So I did end it with that thought in mind. IF I never write more of Darcy, Lizzy, and the children I think there is enough already written, especially with A Darcy Christmas, to let fans know how everyone turns out. However, this does not mean I never plan to write more! It simply means that for a while I felt the urge to go in a slightly different direction.
News: Georgiana Darcy’s novel has gone through the initial editing process with Deb Werksman and is now in the hands of the copyeditor. It has a scheduled release date of November 1, 2011. I do not have a cover as yet, but just this last week the title was decided on. Bearing in mind that this could change, at the moment Sourcebooks and I have agreed on —
Miss Darcy Falls In Love
Simple and direct. I like it! I should have more info on this novel in the next month or two, then adding a page with more details and excerpts. I promise to keep you posted! If you are curious as to how it starts, you can go to The Writers Block for a portion of the first chapter: Miss Darcy Falls in Love excerpt
After I finished Georgiana’s novel last December and turned it over to my editor I decided to take a break. I needed to rest a bit, but I also needed to allow my muse to lead me. My “problem” wasn’t a lack of ideas but too many of them! I honestly could not decide which story thread to tackle next. More and more I found myself being nudged in a certain direction and then one day in January as I was painting my son’s room the opening lines and scene vividly entered my head. I could not shake it – not that I tried too hard – and as the next weeks passed the vision only became clearer. My muse had made the decision and I hope no one is too unhappy that the Darcys are – more or less – going to stay in retirement for a spell. I am not saying I am done with them! Only that I am giving them a break.
Instead I am going back in time, to 1789 to be precise. My next novel is a definite work-in-progress, but both my agent and editor are excited about it so I am not too worried about the final product making it onto shelves someday. I am not going to talk too much about it at this juncture since so much could change! But just to allay everyone’s fears, I am going to share that opening sequence as I saw it and then wrote it.