Happy Friday, my dear readers! This week I have been able to share so much exciting JAFF with you and today L.L. Diamond is back to visit Just Jane 1813 to share an interview she was able to secure (Thank goodness for time travel!) with one of my favorite characters from her new book, Particular Attachments. I think readers will love Lydia Bennet (Yes, Lydia Bennet!) as much as I did in Leslie’s new book, which earned a 5-star review from me last week and which I still have a giveaway taking place for here.
Please join me in welcoming L.L. Diamond, along with one of the former silliest girls in England, Lydia Bennet to Just Jane 1813…
Thank you so much for having me here at Just Jane 1813!
While Particular Attachments is primarily about Georgiana, several characters are frequently a part of the story, including Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, and Lydia Bennet. We know a good bit about Darcy and Elizabeth from Particular Intentions, so I thought I’d talk to Lydia, who is quite different in Particular Attachments.
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LLD: Tell me about your friendship with Georgiana Darcy.
Lydia: I have known Georgiana since my sister Lizzy married Fitzwilliam Darcy, but we did not become friends until I stayed with the Darcys for the Season. We became fast friends. She is not the liveliest sort, but that is not important as I am lively enough for the both of us.
LLD: She has become like a sister?
Lydia: Georgiana Darcy is my sister. We stay up and talk about all sorts of nonsense, steal biscuits from the larder, and convince our brother to teach us diversions not suitable for ladies—not that he wishes to do so of course. I trust her. She will not tell a soul what I confess to her and I am as silent as the grave with the confidences she entrusts to me.
LLD: It sounds as though you enjoy each other’s society a great deal.
Lydia: I believe we do.
LLD: You depart Longbourn to spend the Season in London with the Darcys at the beginning of the story. Did you anticipate this change or did it intimidate you at all?
Lydia: I greatly looked forward to spending the Season in town. I could not wait to shop on Bond Street, go to the theatre, and dance at balls. There are so many lovely diversions and I wished to experience them all.
LLD: You wished to find a suitor as well, didn’t you?
Lydia: I hoped. The selection of gentlemen in Meryton is decidedly lacking. I do not care to be courted by any of them.
LLD: You have changed a great deal since Lizzy’s marriage.
Lydia: I had the opportunity to learn how others viewed my behaviour. I did not appreciate their criticism, so I begged my companion for her aid in improving myself. I find behaving as people expect challenging and difficult, but it has been worth the effort.
LLD: Tell me of Lord Sele.
Lydia: I noticed him the first time I saw him, and that was from across the room! He is quite handsome.
LLD: What was Georgiana’s reaction?
Lydia: (grins widely) Priceless! I shall never forget it.
LLD: Was he always hopelessly in love with Georgiana?
Lydia: (giggles) Oh, he never took note of me or any other lady that I noticed. From the first time I saw him, his eyes sought Georgiana and his feelings were obvious for any who cared to look. Georgiana was the only one blind to his affections.
LLD: But did Georgiana care to look?
Lydia: La! She was as stubborn as a mule! She swore he had no interest in her and she no interest in him. I would say she was willfully blind. She just refused to acknowledge what was standing before her. He was not entirely subtle in his intentions either.
LLD: Perhaps she is simply more sheltered?
Lydia: Perhaps in some aspects, but I truly believe she did not want him to take an interest in her. She never gave him any encouragement. I was so frustrated with her. He was besotted and she could not decide how to behave in his company.
LLD: She had a difficult time in her past. Perhaps that explains much of her attitude.
Lydia: I am certain it did, however, she cannot let what happened dictate her entire future. She allows what occurred entirely too much influence over her life. She desperately needs to leave that in the past and look to the future.
LLD: Quite an unusual statement from you?
Lydia: Well, I have not had her experiences, but I have had to leave my past behind. She does not know it, but she is a strong young lady. She can manage if she makes the attempt.
LLD: Did you ever try to help Lord Sele and Georgiana along?
Lydia: Lord knows I did, though by Georgiana’s reaction, you would have thought I pushed her from a cliff. Even Lizzy took Georgiana’s part. I only meant well.
LLD: She did forgive you.
Lydia: Well, yes. Though I am vexed at how long she took to do so. When she does not wish to speak of a topic or I have inspired her ire, she has an annoying habit of hiding away in her bedchamber or in the music room. I have had to seek her out on more than one occasion. At least when she is playing her pianoforte ‘tis not difficult to find her.
Lydia: (blushes) I suppose you could say so.
LLD: You suppose. I cannot persuade you to tell us more?
Lydia: Your readers shall know a great deal when they read the book. Besides, I have told you all anyhow.
LLD: I never imagined Lydia Bennet shy.
Lydia: I suppose because I never had something that meant so much to me. He is a good man. I enjoy his society.
LLD: But I cannot persuade you to tell me more?
Lydia: (gives a wicked grin) If you would care to know of Georgiana and Lord Sele, I would be pleased to indulge you.
LLD: What about those matters she has told you in confidence?
Lydia: Well, I certainly don’t mean that I would share those!
LLD: You did say anything.
Don’t you want to meet these characters? Here’s a book blurb for you to enjoy as well:
She swore would never marry!
Georgiana Darcy is a lady with a secret! The last thing she wants is to return to London, but what else can she do when her brother and his wife make plans to spend the Christmas season in town. When Lizzy’s youngest sister, Lydia, joins them, Georgiana gains a confidante, but will Lydia’s outgoing nature cause problems when Lord Sele, son of a family friend reappears in Georgiana’s life?
As an insufferable boy, Lord Sele vowed he would marry Georgiana, but was his return from Ireland a coincidence or was his sole purpose to pursue her? He admits to desiring friendship, but Lydia is determined his desire is Georgiana and she will stop at nothing to see her best friend happily settled.
What is Georgiana to do when faced with the society she has managed to avoid for her entire adult life as well as the one man determined to change her mind about marriage? Will she be able to overcome her fears despite the spectre from the past that seems to be haunting her? Will she be forced to tell her secret and choose happiness or will someone from her past ruin everything?
Meet L.L. DIamond
L.L. Diamond is more commonly known as Leslie to her friends and Mom to her three kids. A native of Louisiana, she spent the majority of her life living within an hour of New Orleans before following her husband all over as a military wife. Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and now England have all been called home along the way.
After watching Sense and Sensibility with her mother, Leslie became a fan of Jane Austen, reading her collected works over the next few years. Pride and Prejudice stood out as a favourite and has dominated her writing since finding Jane Austen Fan Fiction.
Aside from mother and writer, Leslie considers herself a perpetual student. She has degrees in biology and studio art, but will devour any subject of interest simply for the knowledge. Her most recent endeavours have included certifications to coach swimming as well as a fitness instructor. As an artist, her concentration is in graphic design, but watercolour is her medium of choice with one of her watercolours featured on the cover of her second book, A Matter of Chance. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Leslie also plays flute and piano, but much like Elizabeth Bennet, she is always in need of practice!
Leslie’s books include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, The Earl’s Conquest, Particular Intentions, and Particular Attachments.
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Thank you, Leslie, for visiting Just Jane 1813 with Lydia Bennet. I look forward to reading my readers’ comments on your delightful interview!