Friday, April 20, 2012

Interview with Victoria Connelly, author of Mr. Darcy Forever (and GIVEAWAY!)

I love Victoria Connelly's Jane Austen Addicts series.  They are smart, romantic novels for the Jane Austen lover in all of us. The latest in the trilogy, Mr. Darcy Forever is another wonderful novel.  I'm still catching up on my reviews, but I should have it posted within the next week.  Until then, you can read this fantastic interview with Victoria Connelly herself and leave a comment for a chance to win the novel.

LAG:  Say it isn’t so . . . I read all three and loved all three of your Jane Austen Addicts series. Does this trilogy really need to end? Is there any way you can be persuaded to continue the series?

VC:  Well, I am actually writing a novella sequel which I’m hoping to bring out on Kindle in November/December. It’s going to be called ‘Christmas with Mr Darcy’ and it will reunite the main characters from the trilogy as they gather for a special Jane Austen conference at Purley Hall in Hampshire. There’s also a bit of a mystery when Dame Pamela’s first edition of Pride and Prejudice goes missing!

LAG:  What was your inspiration for Mr. Darcy Forever?

VC: I kept thinking about Elinor and Marianna in Sense and Sensibility and wondering what they’d be like it they were alive today. I also wanted to write about the amazing Jane Austen Festival in Bath – people come from all over the world to take part. It’s really inspirational and I knew it would make a great setting for a story.

LAG: Would you consider yourself more of a “Marianne” or an “Elinor?” Why?

VC:  I think I have elements of both. The creative side of me that grabs hold of a new idea for a novel and runs with it is very ‘Marianne’ but I’m also very cautious like Elinor in most areas of my life. I plan and I think things through carefully.

LAG:  Do you have a sister? If so what does she think of the sisterly relations in Mr. Darcy Forever?

VC:  I’m afraid I don’t have a sister. I have a brother but I don’t think he’ll be reading the novel!

LAG:  I love how part of the novel took place in Barton Cottage from the 1995 Sense and Sensibility. Did you stay in Barton cottage yourself for research? How did you find out about it as a place to rent out?

VC:  I discovered a marvellous company called Pride and Prejudice Tours and they hire the cottage out so you can stay there. I went in a weekend in May and it was glorious – all the bluebells, red campion and cow parsley was out. It’s a beautiful house overlooking the estuary and I kept imagining that Willoughby and Colonel Brandon would turn up on horseback at any moment!

LAG:  I love how the story is set in Bath. Do you attend the Jane Austen Festival?

VC:  I was lucky enough to attend for three days in September 2010 and I loved every minute of it. I went to a dance displays and a talk about costume, and I followed the amazing promenade through the streets of Bath.

LAG:  What Jane Austen “knick-knacks” do you have around your house?

VC:  Other than the Jane Austen’s books, critiques, spin-offs and DVD adaptations, I have Jane Austen bookmarks, a locations calendar, keyrings and a framed picture of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy on my desk!

LAG: What is next for you? I’d love to read more of your novels.

VC:  In the UK, I have a romantic comedy called The Runaway Actress about a movie star who swaps Hollywood for the Highlands. I’ve also published two collections of short stories on Kindle – The Retreat and One Perfect Week and will be publishing an autobiography soon called Escape to Mulberry Cottage about our move from London to rural Suffolk.

Thank-you for the great interview Victoria Connelly!!
Giveaway Details

Sourcebooks has graciously offered a giveaway of one copy of Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly.

If you would like to win a copy of this book please leave a comment about what intrigues you about the this book or this interview with Victoria Connelly.

As part of your comment, you must include an email address. If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner.

For an additional entry, blog about this giveaway or post it on your sidebar. Provide a link to this post in your comment.

I will be using (or a monte carlo simulation in excel) to pick the winners from the comments.

This contest is only open to US and Canadian residents (Sorry!).

No P.O. Boxes.

The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday May 4, 2012.

Good luck! 


  1. I enjoyed this excellent interview about the author and her many accomplishments. Her locale sounds special and her projects interesting. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. This book sounds captivating and lovely. It was fascinating to learn so much about the author's interests and talent. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Thanks you for the nice giveaway. I was interested to find out about the authors next books ~ The Runaway Actress sounds good.

    kayswederski at yahoo dot com

  4. I enjoyed Connelly's first two books in the trilogy and am looking forward to this one! I am looking forward to reading about Bath and the Jane Austen Festival!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    jakki36(at) yahoo(dot) com

  5. i have yet to read a modern variation of Pride&Prejudice, so i'm excited about Mr Darcy Forever......

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  6. I have read The first in this series and loved it! Can't wait to read the next two. Here's keeping my fingers crossed to win!


  7. i'm a total VC FAN !
    I've been anticipating this one and am delited to find Sourcebooks offer here ~ TY for the offer !

    1. what intrigues me about this interview is Victoria's stay at and provision of the contact for opp to stay at Barton Cottage! I am thrilled at this possibility :) along with all the JA Festival joys VC has experienced...
      I do look fwd to her autobio on moving to rural Suffolk! as i follow her on FB and enjoy all the daily life Victoria posts...

  8. book cover button happily posted to sidebar at Faith Hope Cherrytea ! links directly to this post! faithhopecherrytea@*gmail.*com

  9. Fantastic interview! P & P tours is a great idea! The cottage must be quite lovely. I am intrigued by the sound of this book. Thank you for hosting this, Laura. I'll post it in my blog's sidebar if I can get it to work properly.


  10. I love Pride and Prejudice- I'd be intrigued to read more about the beloved Mr. Darcy

  11. I loved the first two books and was intrigued to hear about all her "research" -- from the festival to staying at the cottage ... to the framed photo of Colin Firth. {wink} Thanks for a chance to win this book.

    margaretmetz_writer at yahoo dot com

  12. I just put up a post on why I'm running behind. I hope to have the winner posted tomorrow!

  13. providential! TY Laura! i am in shock :) !!