The Darcy Monologues Edited by Christina Boyd

The Darcy Monologues Edited by Christina Boyd

 

Some of the BEST in Austen fiction, along with editor extraordinaire Christina Boyd, come together to bring us a WHOLE LOTTA DARCY!!!  I don’t think I have ever wanted a book so bad!!

MY MR. DARCY

 

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 Alternative” 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.

Winner Reveal: Join Henry Cavill in London

Biography

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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 form 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.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Can’t wait! No really can’t wait for this book. I really hope one of my top authors releases something soon to distract me while I am waiting . (I have high hopes that this will happen) and still I’m counting the days until May 22nd. Thanks for this post

    • Christina Boyd says:

      This entire week has been such a high! Feeling lucky to work with such talented authors… And the opportunity to meet my Mr Darcy, Henry Cavill, well…dreams do come true. Thanks for your share in our excitement, Margie!

  2. Sheila L. Majczan says:

    Excitement galore – Christina meeting Henry and a new book coming out with SO MANY excellent authors included. Can’t wait – photos/videos please.

  3. Margie, thanks so much for spreading the good news! I think I’m as excited as your readers – there are some very talented authors in this line up, and I’m excited to be included. (Thanks, Christina!)

  4. Swoon alert! Henry makes a great Darcy, Margie. So glad to have you hosting our Christina and the launch for Darcy Monologues.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing the news about The Darcy Monologues today, Margie! So excited to be part of this wonderful project along with so many of my top-favourite JAFF authors. Can’t wait to read all the stories – roll on May 22!

  6. Daniela Quadros says:

    I am really excited about this book, with so many authors I love! I can’t wait!!!

  7. On a day when I received income tax information in the mail, I was desperately in need of good news. You really excelled, Margie and Christina. I’m thrilled for you in getting to meet your book boyfriend and for the opportunity to learn the ropes of indie publishing in company with some outstanding authors.

    Margie, if she tells you what he smells like I do hope you share.

  8. May 22nd seems such a long time away! Looking forward to such an exciting project coming to fulfillment.

    By the way, just watched the video of your reaction to winning your prize, Christina. Something tells me you might have been just a tad excited!

  9. Thanks, Margie, for the shout-out for The Darcy Monologues! I can’t wait to read all the stories in their polished forms, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this unique project 🙂 Congrats to Christina on the trip of a lifetime. How incredible is that?

  10. Love that photo of Henry, Margie!! What a man he is!!

    Thank you so much for your generous support of this announcement. I knew you’d love to hear about this collection, as your love for Mr. Darcy is well-known indeed!!

    This will be one steamy, dreamy, early summer read!!

  11. Thanks, Margie, for sharing Christina’s announcement with your readers.
    I’m honoured to have a short story in The Darcy Monologues and can’t wait for the merry month of May.
    Good luck to those entering the giveaway. Like Christina, you, too, can be a winner.

  12. I’m looking forward to this, since these are all authors I adore. I’m especially excited to see something from Judy-Lynne, as I’ve been a fan of her unpublished moderns for ages, plus some of the authors who haven’t published in a coon’s age–great to get something new from them. Congratulations, Christina. Thanks, Margie, for introducing this to us.

  13. Thank’s for sharing the news, Margie! And thank you, Christina, for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful project. 🙂

  14. Christina Boyd says:

    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

  15. So many talented authors and so much Darcy time… Can’t wait to read it! Such and exciting project!

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