The Darcy Monologues

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Hello everyone,

I’m very happy to share with you today an interview with editor Christina Boyd where she speaks of a project I absolutely loved!! When I heard about it I could not believe I would still have to wait several months for it to come out, but I’ll let you hear all about it through Christina’s words 🙂 Who better than her to explain what The Darcy Monologues are all about?

 

***Interview with Christina Boyd***

 

There are many well-known names behind today’s exciting announcement in the JAFF community and the one person at the center of it all is here today to share this news with us; the lovely Austenesque editor, Christina Boyd.

Christina, there’s a buzz going around the JAFF community that you are heading a new project and it’s a pleasure to have you visit so many Austenesque blogs today to share your big news!

Can you share with us what you’ve been working on behind-the-scenes?

Thank you for hosting and shining your light on this project. I am excited and not a little proud to announce “The Darcy Monologues”—a short story anthology with sixteen of my very favorite Austenesque writers. I doubt anyone will be surprised by my list—authors I’ve either enjoyed working with and admire their work or authors I have simply fan-girl’d over for years: Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, Judy-Lynne, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Melanie Stanford, Joana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams.

 

Wow, that is an exciting line-up of talent!

“The Darcy Monologues” sounds like such a fitting title for this anthology. Would you share with us how it was selected as the title, especially with so many authors involved in this project?

This project is collection of stories all told from Fitzwilliam’s point-of-view—set in Regency, contemporary, as well as other eras. Because the stories are strictly from his eyes, I felt it imperative we find a title that clearly illustrated the book would be more than one tale but all from his point-of-view. In an e-mail from “The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy” author, Sara Angelini, she mentioned how she had long wanted to write a story titled “The Darcy Monologues” or something like… So, in presenting the idea to the group, other ideas were thrown about. After a quick Google search, we learned there was a short story on Derbyshire Writer’s Guild by Judy-Lynne with the same title. She had written a short story described as six “extemporaneous rants” expressed by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Not one to be a copycat, we moved on to other names. But as time passed, nothing resonated with me as much so I felt incumbent to ask Judy-Lynne if she would be offended if we used the same title. Unfortunately, she is rarely on the fanfiction sites anymore and everyone I asked claimed they did not know how to get in touch with her. Finally! Finally, I connected with her through “A Happy Assembly” and asked her about the title use, she accepted, and I asked her if she was still writing and would she be interested in writing a short for the anthology. She said she wasn’t writing but agreed to the challenge. And that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

 

How does this project differ from anything you’ve worked on before?

I’ve worked on two other anthologies, published in 2015 by Meryton Press: “Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer” and “Then Comes Winter.” Both were set-up as writing contests with a panel of judges reading and selecting the submissions. This project, I am self-publishing and have assembled my own dream team.

 

At this point, what can you share about your experiences working with so many talented Austenesque writers?

I feel lucky! Blessed. Not only that these talented writers have all graciously committed to this project—some having not written anything Austenesque in years—but have over a short period of time become so dear to me on a personal level.

 

What can readers expect from this anthology?

The authors have all committed to write a short piece from Darcy’s point-of-view, between 5000-15,000 words, and must have romance—but no scenes that I wouldn’t be able to share with my teenage daughter or eighty-year-old mother-in-law. Even with that last tenet, I am amazed how these writers can turn up the heat in a room. Have your fans handy—and even a few tissues!

 

It seems like we just can’t get enough of Mr. Darcy! What’s his appeal, Christina, 200 years later?

“Pride and Prejudice” is told in the third-person narrative, limited omniscient, from Elizabeth Bennet’s point-of-view. In my fiction, I have always had a weakness for the rich, powerful, noble, and handsome man who changes his ways for love, and a woman worthy of his efforts. I’ve long dreamt of putting together a collection of stories all from my favorite Austen hero’s eyes. Yes, “Pride and Prejudice” has been told before from Darcy’s point-of-view by the talented Pamela Aidan, Stanley Hurd, Amanda Grange, Janet Aylmer, and Mary Street, to name a few—but with all the amazing “Pride and Prejudice” re-imaginings out there, I wanted to read alternate stories in his own words.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us today about The Darcy Monologues?

The anthology is scheduled for release May 22, 2017 and we have a few promotions planned in the coming weeks as we finish the editing process to spit and polish the collection.

 

Before we part, Christina, I hear you have some rather thrilling news to share with us on a personal level, which was just announced early this week. Care to divulge the details here too?

Well… I can barely believe it myself but…I won—I WON, the Omaze “Champagne Toast with Henry Cavill on the London Eye” experience! (Fundraiser to benefit the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.) You read that right. I won. I’m flying to London to meet my all-time favorite book boyfriend, the very talented British actor, Henry Cavill. I have never been to England, except layovers in Heathrow—which doesn’t count—so I feel like the French teacher who has never been to France. And here I get to go, stay in a luxury hotel, explore London, and have a champagne toast with Henry Cavill. Pinch me! And yes, if he is willing, I do hope to have him sign some swag for “The Darcy Monologue” giveaways—after all, he is my book boyfriend.

 

biography

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Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist under her own banner, Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England remains on her bucket list.

 

 

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We are giving away some really fun prizes to three lucky winners! One winner will receive a stash of gifts to enjoy with his/her own significant other. These treats include assorted British food and beverage snacks and a Mr. Darcy quote mug.

(This prize is open to a winner with a U.S. mailing address only)

Another winner will receive two stories from the anthology; a Regency story and a contemporary or alternate era short story. The winner will choose his/her prize stories based on the authors in this anthology. These stories will be distributed to the winner on March 15, 2017.

Our third prize winner will receive a walk-on role in one of the stories in this anthology. That’s right…This winner will have a piece of the action in one of our stories, which means having a character in one of these stories in the anthology named after her/him.

This is something every JAFF reader dreams about, isn’t it?

These giveaways are open for entries from Friday, January 20 until midnight, ET, on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

To enter these giveaways click on the image below:

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30 responses to “The Darcy Monologues

  1. Thanks for spreading the love, Rita! I’m so happy & honoured to be part of this fabulous project!

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  2. jenettajames

    Thank you for your support Rita – it’s a relief to be able to talk about it now! I’m so thrilled to be involved in this and looking forward to reading other people’s stories:-)

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  3. BeckyC

    Sounds like a wonderful project. And quite a lineup. I look forward to reading! Congratulations. And wow! Congratulations on your win as well. How exciting!

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  4. I can’t wait to read it!!

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  5. Glynis

    Thanks for posting this Rita. I am so desperate to read this book especially because it is all about Darcy 💕💕💖. My favourite subject by far. This is only a short reply as I am getting busy building a time machine to take me to 22 May!! 😂😂

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  6. I’m so glad to see so many of my favorite authors participating in this anthology. Can’t wait to read!

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  7. Sheila L. Majczan

    Excited for you, Christina. Have fun in England. Looking forward to this book.

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  8. Thank you for supporting! I’m so excited to be part of this anthology! It’s going to be amazing!

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  9. Thanks for being part of the big announcement. A book with lots and lots of Darcys can be no bad thing. I’m honoured to have been asked to participate in it.

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  10. Christina Boyd

    Thank you, Rita! It’s a brick size book so make room on your shelf. I’m sorry you have to wait til May, but believe me when I say we are working steadily on making it perfect! I’m really proud of this endeavor and feel blessed these talented authors agreed to join me on this adventure!

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  11. Mary

    What a fantastic idea to invite some of our beloved authors to get inside Darcy’s head and give us a snapshot into his life,from his perspective!!! 😌
    Am so looking forward to reading these stories.
    No doubt they’ll be filled with romance,angst and that certain essential ingredient,unique to each author!
    Yes!! Roll on May!!

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  12. Thank you, Rita! I appreciate your support and I am so glad you’re eager to read this anthology. I think it will be a huge hit with readers!!

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  13. Emily

    This is so exciting!!!!!! I love anthologies, these authors, the title and DARCY!!!!!!! I can’t wait! And meeting Henry Cavill? OMGGM!!! He’s my book boyfriend too! 😍☺️

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  14. kneyda

    I only wish we didn’t have to wait so long. Love this!

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  15. I love the new “banners”, that red is very nice and “strong” 🙂

    I cannot wait to read these stories!!

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  16. Thank you, Rita, for sharing this wonderful news! I’m so pleased to be part of Christina’s anthology – it’s going to be a big one, literally!

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  17. Sophia Rose

    So tickled that you could host our Darcy Monologues (sigh Darcy) book announcement, Rita. It’s thrilling to be part of such a project and Christina is a splendid team leader.

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  18. J. W. Garrett

    I am completely bowled away with this idea. Imagine all those stories about Mr. Darcy. Oh my…that simply takes my breath away. Great idea. Whew!!!

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  19. Awesome! And I can’t believe how many of my favorite authors are on board. Fantastic!

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  20. beaunorthwrites

    Thank you so much for participating in our big announcement! I’m so excited to be a part of this project!

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  21. Carole in Canada

    This is a wonderful project to be a part of! We certainly have alot to look forward to in May! So excited to have sooo many stories of Darcy in one book!!! Thank you!

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  22. It sounds like a wonderful book! I am really excited to read it, with all these amazing authors together. 🙂 Congrats!

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  23. Christina is having quite the week, isn’t she? And the best is yet to come!
    Thanks, Rita, for sharing our editor’s announcements with your readers.

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  24. karenmcoxbooks

    Readers are in for a lot of fun with this one! All Darcy, all the time, in about every setting you could wish for. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Congrats to Christina on her amazing win and upcoming trip to London 🙂 Isn’t that fabulous?

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing the news, Rita! I am so happy to be able to talk about the project at last. I can hardly wait to read my fellow authors’ stories! 🙂

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  26. I think I’ve probably read most, if not all, of the Regency Darcy POVs, but never one set in an alternative era. This book looks as though it’s going to satisfy that several times over! I’m so looking forward to it. Best wishes and many thanks to all of the authors and to Christina for pulling it all together.

    P.S. Still wish I could be one of your “official stalkers” on your London Eye trip!

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  27. I look forward to reading the short stories concerning our favourite Jane Austen hero. I can’t wait for the cover reveal which I hope will be great. Thanks for giving us another good anthology.

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  28. Christina Boyd

    Btw. My mistake. Must excuse me as the details were a bit jumbled last week in all my excitement and haste. Judy-Lynne’s stories are at http://pemberley.com

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  29. Dung

    This is so exciting! Can’t wait to read more of the Darcy monologues, especially with so many talented authors! Congrats Christina on such an exciting opportunity to meet Henry Cavill! Can’t wait to see your pictures from it!

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  30. I’m excited to read this! Love things from Darcy’s point of view

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