I want to thank you, Cass Grix, for joining me and my readers today to kick off my 2nd Annual Haunted Austen blog event. I am also thrilled to celebrate my blog’s one-year anniversary today!
I recently read one of your newest books, Stealing Darcy, and I knew that I wanted to include an interview with you for this blog event. As an author who has written several JAFF novellas and a few with a paranormal twist, I look forward to having my readers meet you here at Just Jane 1813 to hear about your new book and learn about your work as a writer.
First, can you share with us a bit of your own personal story, including how you decided to write JAFF stories?
I have been writing stories all my life and when I read books or watch movies, I analyze them and often think, “I would have done this part differently” or “What would have happened if . . .” Jane Austen is my favorite author and Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel, so it was natural for me to create different scenarios with her iconic characters. A few years ago I discovered JAFF and knew I had a few Darcy stories in me – some of them with a quirky or paranormal twist.
What can you share with my readers about your latest books, “Stealing Darcy” and “Frankenstein Darcy”?
Stealing Darcy explores what would happen if Caroline Bingley, in an attempt to steal Darcy away from Elizabeth, arranges a body swap. I have read P&P many times and I find Caroline Bingley fascinating in a “watching a train wreck” kind of way. She wants to get Darcy’s attention, but she doesn’t really know him or appreciate what he’s looking for. I wondered if Darcy could fall in love with the obnoxious Caroline, if it was actually Elizabeth inside her body. Would Elizabeth’s wit and charm and strength of character be able to win Darcy over? I think one of Elizabeth’s greatest assets is her unflinching honesty – and how would that work if she had to pretend to be Caroline?
As for Frankenstein Darcy, the premise for this story surprised me. I actually laughed out loud when I thought of it, because it seemed so counterintuitive. I am not a fan of horror stories or scary movies normally, but there has always been something sad and intriguing about Frankenstein. The hideous creature longs for love and acceptance, but he is rejected. In his own way, Darcy longs for love, but Elizabeth rejects him. Frankenstein also deals with the universal themes of science out of control, inner vs. outer beauty, friendship and the nature of love. It was fun to add these elements to my favorite love story.
What inspired you to write JAFF stories with a paranormal twist?
Probably my quirky sense of humor. I have always enjoyed movies with slight paranormal twists, like time travel or body swaps. I like Star Trek. I like stories that have a fairytale feel, and I think my stories fit within that mindset.
Why do you think people are still so drawn to Jane Austen and her work over 200 years later?
Jane Austen was brilliant. She created stories that appeal to men and women of all ages. Her stories are insightful, funny and romantic. Her characters are often complex with layers of meaning and her dialogue rings true. I often wonder what sort of screenplays Jane Austen would write if she were living today.
What can JAFF readers expect from you in the future?
More Darcy stories with a paranormal twist. Possibly a sequel to Bewitching Mr. Darcy.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Mailing list: www.cassgrix.com
Also, I write non-paranormal, more traditional Jane Austen Variations under the pen name Jane Grix. www.janegrix.com
Cass Grix has brought two ebooks and one autographed paperback book of “Bewitching Mr. Darcy” for my Just Jane 1813 readers. How generous!
To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog by midnight, ET on November 1, 2016. To receive the paperback copy of this book, the winner must have a U.S. mailing address.
I’d like to thank Cass Grix for her time and support with this interview and these giveaways. I hope you check out my review today for “Frankenstein Darcy,” which is being published in a separate post.