Those of you who are familiar with Jane Austen are undoubtedly aware of the famous:
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Upon joining twitter, we discovered a most interesting a fellow named John Ayers. He is one of the rare individuals who has decided to write an Austen sequel from Mr. Darcy’s perspective!
We dare say, what an interesting sort to take on such a venture!
So we thought amongst ourselves at the MVBClub headquarters that we would pay a visit to Pemberely to request an interview with the Darcyesque writer.
In every bit of typical British-politeness, Mr. Ayers agreed, most ardently!
We sat down with Mr. Ayers and once tea was served, we asked him the following questions:
MVBC: It is a pleasure to meet you John. Please, tell us about this unique musing in regards to a Jane Austen sequel from a male perspective.
Thank you and its a pleasure to meet you all too. (Mr. Ayres proceeds to bow to us). I wrote this Austen novel from Mr. Darcy’s perspective. I wanted to allow readers to see more into his inner thoughts and musings–what truly goes on within that stately head of Mr. Darcy himself. A male point of view is a new perspective, especially when written by a man.
MVBC: Very interesting John. Now, what are the characteristics of your Mr. Darcy? What insight have you given us into his world, his thinking, his life?
Mr Darcy is ever the Master of Pemberley. He loves his new wife, Elizabeth more than life itself. He has found a new zest for living and loving every second of the day. His caring, intelligent mannerisms aid him in the management of the Pemberley estate. He is strong, virile, loving, loyal, caring, intelligent and a man with honorable traditions.
MVBC: That’s wonderful to hear! Mr. Darcy is a great character! What scene did you have the most fun writing?
The scene I had the most fun writing was a daydreaming scene in Darcy’s head. He falls asleep and journeys back to their wedding night. It is very real, intensely romantic, and caring.
MVBC: What has been the most challenging part of writing this book?
It was getting a true Victorian feel. I am certain other authors who are more immersed in the Regency period have more references to proper clothing, mannerisms, society, etc than I do. I have tried very hard to research and learn, but felt this was the most difficult part of my writing. It will get better with time I am certain, as I will certainly write more Darcy books.
MVBC: Most men are not known for reading Austen. How did you first come in contact with Jane Austen writings?
I read Austen in school of course, and enjoyed it even then. Have always loved Pride and Prejudice then Sense and Sensibility. Years ago I started reading Austen fan fiction with a friend by first re-reading Pride and Prejudice. It lead to reading about five to ten Austen-fan fiction books a year!
MVBC: When will your Darcyesque-Austen novel become available?
I am sending queries out to publishers now. Will be editing the book further while waiting. Publishers timeframes are varying, but hopefully I will get the book released in 2012.
MVBC: What advice can you give to encourage more men to read or write books in general?
Men have a different perspective. Women want to read their thoughts, when properly crafted into words. Men who read more are more educated, and achieve more insight. Reading makes me a more well-rounded person. I would dare to say that reading Austen books make me have a little bit more insight into the proper way to treat a woman.
THE MAN VS BOOKS CLUB would like to THANK
Mr. John Ayers for this delightful interview!
Please also extend our warmest gratitude the staff of Pemberely, Elizabeth and the Bennett family!
John Ayers lives in Dover, New Hampshire, USA along with his lovable chocolate lab Marley.
Meet him on Twitter: @TWDarcy
Visit his Darcyesque Blog: http://johndayers.wordpress.com/