Thursday, September 13, 2012

Interview With An Author – Mary Simonsen

Interview With An Author – Mary Simonsen

1) Your own favorite Austen character and why?

Mary:  My favorite Austen character is Anne Elliot of Persuasion. In the course of the novel, we see Anne go from a wilted flower to a rose who has recovered her bloom. Because she remained faithful to Frederick, she is rewarded with his love. It’s such a lovely story.

2) Your favorite Austen book.

Mary:   There is a tie for my favorite Austen novel: Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. One is a mature love story, and the other has all the energy of youth.

3) Which actor would you chose to be YOUR Mr Darcy and why?

Mary:  I recently saw Matthew Goode when he introduced Masterpiece Contemporary. I think he would be a good Darcy. But it will be tough to follow Colin and Matthew.

4) Who would be your perfect Elizabeth?

Mary:  My perfect Elizabeth is Elizabeth Garvie from the 1980 Masterpiece Theater classic. Although Jennifer Ehle and Keira Knightley were very good, I’m still a fan of Garvie’s.

5) Your favorite book of all time by any author?

Mary:  My favorite book is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It is a story about the last great cattle drive of the American West. Wonderful characters. It’s storytelling at its very best.

6) Your favorite Austen film or TV adaption?

Mary:   My favorite Austen adaptation is Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciarnan Hinds. I think they just click on the screen and make an eight-year separation believable.

7) You are having a dinner party and can invite four Austen characters which would they be.

Mary:   My guests at a dinner party would be George Knightley, Jane Fairfax, Frederick Wentworth, and Elizabeth Bennet.

8. Why have you chosen them?

Mary:  I would ask Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax what made them fall in love with Emma/Frank Churchill. Capt. Wentworth would tell me how he managed to remain faithful to Anne Elliot for eight years. That’s asking a lot of a man. Finally, I would ask Elizabeth Bennet to talk about her married life with Mr. Darcy, e.g., what do you talk about after you have retired for the evening? Pillow talk.

9) Which character would you like to play in a film?

Mary:  In any Austen film, I would play a servant, a groom or a maid, who goes unobserved, watching all the major players at work and play—a fly on the wall sort of thing.

10) Tell us about your next planned book (whether Austen related or not).

Mary:   A Wife for Mr. Darcy was released by Sourcebooks on July 1, 2011. My next release is a self-published novel, Darcy on the Hudson. Darcy comes to America where he meets American, Elizabeth Bennet. 

Unlike the demure ladies of Regency society, Elizabeth is forthright, and Darcy finds himself drawn to her like iron to a magnet. It takes place on the cusp of the War of 1812 when America and Britain go to war once again.


A Very Big Thank You To Mary.

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