My Kids led me back to Pride and Prejudice


Welcome Colin and thank you for giving up your time to do this interview!

Both of the alternate realities in this book created a myriad of emotions within me. When writing the book were the emotions incited, a consequence of the storyline or was the storyline led by a desire to create such emotions?

Certainly, I knew that some unpleasant realities would be occasioned in Book 1, titled “The Road Not Taken.” But, as usual, I was writing action and dialogue as much as I was writing down plotlines, so the storyline really led to the emotions. I didn’t set out, when I first came up with the plot outlines, to take it as far as it wound up going. Certainly, I knew there was going to be angst, but then there’s plenty of angst in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Including some that the reader doesn’t see, such as suffered by Darcy and, to a lesser extent, Bingley. On the other hand, when I decided to add the separate plotline for Book 2, titled “The Sleeper Wakes,” I already knew it was going to be low in angst. And, after writing Book 1, that didn’t make me unhappy at all.

‘Alternative realities both tragedy and triumph’. Do you think an author could get away with publishing the tragedy of book 1 (“The road Not Taken”) without the reprieve that book 2 (“The Sleeper Wakes”) offers? Is the absence of a happily ever after a sacrilege in the world of JAFF?

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