Today I am part of the blog tour for the new release, The Darcy Brothers, written by Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds.
"Theo Darcy is everything his disapproving elder brother, Fitzwilliam, is not – easy-going, charming, and full of fun. A tragic event as children severed their bond of friendship, but now they are together again. They are still at odds, though, this time over the love of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and the truth about George Wickham. Will Wickham manage to divide the brothers again? And more importantly, which Mr. Darcy will Elizabeth choose?
Find out as the two brothers lock horns in this unique Pride & Prejudice variation collectively written by five respected authors.
The Darcy Brothers was first conceived as an interactive group writing project and has developed into a full-length novel featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy."
I have the very great honour of welcome Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy to my blog today, who has been kind enough to answer a few questions about him and his brother, Theo.
Welcome Mr Darcy! I am very glad that you were able to pop by and agree to answer a few questions for me!
1. So, to begin, have you and Theo always been at odds?
Not at all. As children, we were best of friends, until I outgrew childish pranks.
2. Do you see your tastes as being in every way different from Theo's?
Well, Theo has excellent taste in brandy and fine wine, and I would like to think I share that. (laughs) We like many of the same things. It is more an issue of our attitudes toward life and sense of responsibility. It would be enjoyable to do nothing but what one pleases, but the world would not be a pleasant place if no one attended to their responsibilities.
Very profound Mr Darcy, and very true.
3. Tell me something positive about your brother. I know there must be something!
(Long pause) Theo has an admirable sympathy for anyone less fortunate than himself who has been wronged. Perhaps it makes him feel heroic. But I have seen him take the part of a servant against the master if he feels the servant has been wronged.
4. Do you ever wish you were not the eldest son?
What would be the point of wishing that? I would still be the eldest son. I admit there were times when I wish I could be as frivolous as Theo – for a short time only, I might add. But my temperament is well suited to my responsibilities. It would be a disaster if Theo were the eldest son.
5. When Theo was born, how did you feel about having a younger brother?
I was thrilled by the thought of a new playmate. I understand I sulked for quite some time when I learned it would be years before he could play at toy soldiers with me.
I can imagine that must have been a test of your patience, especially at that young age!
6. Are you jealous of Theo in any way?
I envy his easy way with strangers, and how quickly he wins their liking.
7. Why do you seem to struggle with your brother's ease and charm, and yet you don't seem to mind it in your good friend, Mr Bingley?
It is not Theo’s ease and charm I object to, but his failure to apply himself to anything but his pleasures. Bingley is well aware that I do not approve of his impulsive behaviour, which reminds me of Theo.
8. What sort of woman would you like to see Theo marry?
An heiress who can support him in the style he enjoys. (Laughs) I suppose I would like to see him marry a strong-minded, serious woman who might be able to make something of him. I see you have made quite a success of your internet journal at a very young age – perhaps you would be willing to take on my undeserving brother?
Now that is a very interesting proposition! I thank you for your kind words about my success. Perhaps I could try and take Theo in hand for you!
9. Who do you think Elizabeth Bennet likes best, you or Theo?
My dear Miss Sophie, everyone likes Theo best, and I assume Miss Elizabeth is among the majority. I could wish for her to be more discerning.
And finally, use one word to describe the following:
Georgiana - quiet
Theo - wastrel
Colonel Fitzwilliam - adaptable
Mr Bingley - loyal
Miss Caroline Bingley - derogatory (Let us hope she doesn't read this, for I don't think she would thank you for such a description!)
Lady Catherine – permit me to skip this one, I beg you! (I thought you might say that!)
Anne de Bourgh - tired
Miss Elizabeth Bennet - bewitching (It is all in the eyes...)
Miss Jane Bennet - smiling
Mrs Bennet – ill bred
Mr Bennet - droll
Thank you again for stopping by Mr Darcy!
It has been my very great pleasure.
In addition to their collaborative effort in The Darcy Brothers, Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds between them have published over two dozen Austen-inspired books, including national bestsellers.
Monica Fairview (Mr. Darcy’s Pledge) holds down the fort for the team in London while Abigail Reynolds (Alone with Mr. Darcy) supplies cute cat pictures from Cape Cod, Susan Mason-Milks (Mr. Darcy’s Proposal) inspires with views of the Seattle skyline, Maria Grace (Remember the Past) frolics in the Texas bluebells, and British expat Cassandra Grafton (A Fair Prospect) has the critical responsibility of keeping the team supplied with much-needed chocolate from her home in Switzerland.
Look for them at the Jane Austen Variations group blog (www.austenvariations.com) where they are all founding members.
Prize: Two eBook copies of The Darcy Brothers.
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment or ask Theo or the authors a question.
You can increase your chances of winning by visiting the multiple stops along the tour! Unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews with Theo Darcy and, if he can be persuaded, his brother, excerpts, and supplementary material such as letters from Theo to his friends and family.
The Darcy Brothers
Your affectionate friend,