I recently had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Amanda Grange, author of Mr. Darcy,Vampyre. This interview, as well as my review of the book will be appearing later on at Cafe of Dreams – including a chance to win a free copy of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre!
Before moving on to the interview, here is just a taste of what Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is about:
Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary, gives us something completely new – a delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love…
Amanda Grange's style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen's timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness, and immortal love.
Now, see what Ms. Grange has to say about her writing and a glimpse into her life.
Can you tell us a bit about Mr. Darcy, Vampyre?
AG: It begins where Pride and Prejudice ends, on Lizzy and Darcy’s wedding day, and it follows them on their wedding tour through Europe. Strange things start to happen and Lizzy gradually realizes that Darcy has a terrible secret.
If you could sum up Mr. Darcy, Vampyre in 10 words, what would they be?
AG: An atmospheric, brooding, paranormal sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
When is your next book coming out?
AG: Good question! I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it!
Who are your favorite characters in the story and why?
AG: That’s a difficult one. I love Lizzy and Darcy, of course, but of the others, I like Katrine very much. She’s a friend of Darcy’s, and Lizzy meets her when they go to Paris. I also like Frederique and Clothilde, two of the characters Lizzy and Darcy meet in the Alps. They are very good humored but there is something lurking beneath the surface.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process and what writing means to you? Where do you come up with your characters, ideas, etc.?
AG: The process varies from day to day and book to book, but generally I think a lot about the characters and the plot as I’m doing other things throughout the day, and then when my ideas have simmered enough, I go to the computer and start typing. I don’t really stop then until I’ve finished a scene or sometimes a chapter, depending on how well it’s going. As for the characters, etc, it’s hard to say. Sometimes I sit down and think about what kind of character I want in the book at a particular point, and sometimes they come fully formed. They start as walk-on parts and then something they say or do catches my interest and I develop them further, asking myself: Why did they do or did / say that?
What is a “day in the life Amanda” like? Can you share with readers a bit of the person behind the writing?
AG: Very normal. I do the shopping and the cooking and the gardening, all that kind of thing. And whilst I’m doing it, I daydream. Then at some point the dreams want to come out and so I go to the computer and write.
What types of books do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?
AG: I read all sorts of books. Favorite authors include Austen (of course), the Brontes, P.G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Sue Townsend, Helen Fielding, and Tolkien.
Who inspires you?
AG: Other authors. I know quite a lot of them through my writers’ groups, and their creativity and hard work is always an inspiration. It motivates me and keeps me going.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Can you see yourself branching out into other genres? When did you first begin pursuing writing as a career?
AG: I’ve always written, and I suppose I’ve wanted to be a writer since I knew it was an actual job! I started trying to get my books published when I was in my thirties. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and I had a lot of encouragement and support from the other members. I think I might branch out into other genres at some point, I like to try new things, it keeps things fresh.
Okay, here are some fun questions:
What are some of your favorite foods?
AG: Chocolate cake, meringues, strawberries and cream. I have a sweet tooth!
What do you enjoy doing when you have free time?
AG: I like cooking and I also like painting in watercolours, although I am hopeless at it.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
AG: Sitting at my computer and writing another novel!
Do you have a favorite movie or TV show right now?
AG: I think my favorite would have to be Ugly Betty.
Is there anything that you would like to add, Amanda? Or anything that you would like readers to know about you and/or your writing?
AG: I’d just like to say thanks for having me here, it’s been fun, and that I hope your readers enjoy Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.