Thank you Pam for supporting the “Salute to our Veterans” event at Just Jane 1813. I really enjoyed your “Pride and Prejudice Untold” series, which included your portrayal of Colonel Fitzwilliam. What made you decide to focus part of this series on Colonel Fitzwilliam?
I wish to start by thanking you for inviting me here to discuss to the Pride and Prejudice Untold series. I had so much fun with the idea of Lady Harriette Middleton falling for Colonel Fitzwilliam when it was Darcy whom she always had in her sights. Book Two, What He Would Not Do, was intended to focus on the Darcys’ first year of marriage and as such could hardly serve justice to the Colonel Fitzwilliam and Lady Harriette story line. Hence, I wrote the third book in the series featuring Colonel Fitzwilliam as the hero and Lady Harriette as the heroine. It is meant to be fun and romantic with a hint of intrigue that is more in keeping with classic Regency romances. Indeed, Lady Harriette: Fitzwilliam’s Heart and Soul ranks high in the list of stories I enjoyed writing the most.
Darcy’s relationship with Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been one that I have enjoyed reading about in JAFF books. What are your feelings about their relationship and why have you focused on it in your book?
I am fascinated by the idea of Darcy and his cousin being the best of friends. With the colonel being the older and worldlier of the two men, I like to think of him as someone with whom Darcy shares his closest confidences. I do not envision Darcy enjoying that sort of bond with Bingley. By virtue of Darcy’s age, his wealth, and his status, I always think of him as more of a mentor to the younger man. On the other hand, were the colonel a first-born son, he would indeed outrank Darcy. Even still, with the colonel only a heartbeat away from being a viscount, I see the two of them as equals—cut from the same cloth, as those in the series who know them best often expound.
In this series, we meet a somewhat different Colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy, as they are a bit more “playful” in their attitudes and relationships with other women. What made you decide to portray them this way in this series?
Elizabeth did not have the highest opinion of Darcy at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. She accused him of being arrogant and conceited with a selfish disdain of the feelings of others. The idea of To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too) occurred to me in a dream. I remember awakening in the wee hours of the morning and asking myself what if he truly were all these things. A man of sense and education with knowledge of the world himself, I envisioned the colonel as the perfect sidekick for a Mr. Darcy with a self-centered and slightly rakish character.
After I finished this series this past summer, I emailed you to ask you if you have any plans to extend this series. What are your plans for this series?
Were I to continue with the Pride and Prejudice Untold series, I would focus on Georgiana. She is a pivotal character in the first book. Further exploring her relationship with Lord Harry Middleton holds lots of promise. I also often find myself musing over a story idea centered on the next generation. Darcy and Elizabeth have a son and so do Georgiana and Lord Harry. I picture Richard and Lady Harriette having a daughter whom they rear with Annabelle’s daughter, who is of Fitzwilliam blood. Think love triangle, if you will.
Next up for me is the release of Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth. It is my first true canon continuation in that it picks up where Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ends. It is available for pre-order on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. Its target release date at those retailers is November 30, 2015.
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