Monday, September 24, 2012
Questions For Authors ~ P.O. Dixon Replies
1) Your own favorite Austen character and why?
My favorite character is Mr Darcy. As a man of his time, he is just what a wealthy gentleman of aristocratic bearing ought to be.
2) Your Favorite Austen book?
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen book. My second favorite is Lady Susan.
3) Which actor would you choose to be YOUR Mr Darcy and why?
When I close my eyes and envision Mr Darcy, it is always Matthew Macfadyen that I see. I have tried to picture other actors but with little success. I owe my discovery of Pride and Prejudice to Matthew’s portrayal of Darcy. I suppose it is fitting that no one can take his place in my mind.
4) Who would be your perfect Elizabeth?
Likewise, Keira Knightly is my choice as the perfect Elizabeth. I can see why she was nominated for an award for her portrayal of the literary heroine. I loved her performance.
5) Your favorite book of all time by any author?
After giving this some thought, and with so many literary greats from which to choose, I must leave this question unanswered.
6) Your favorite Austen film or TV adaption?
My favorite is the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film.
7) You are having a dinner party and can invite four Austen characters which would they be?
The invitees would be Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennet, and Caroline Bingley.
8) Why have you chosen them?
Lady Catherine is set in her ways. She is awfully proud of her own opinions and with good reason. Who else is as proficient as she is in arranging the lives of others? She would be astounded by the clueless wit of Miss Emma Woodhouse, astonished by the audacity of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and appalled by the pretentiousness of Miss Caroline Bingley.
The evening would be quite diverting. I believe Emma and Elizabeth would emerge from the dinner party unscathed but alas, I pity poor Caroline.
9) Which character would you like to play in a Pride and Prejudice film?
I have no acting ambition but if forced to make a decision it would be Elizabeth. No one else enjoys the enviable position of winning Mr Darcy’s hand.
10) Tell us about your next planned book (whether Austen related or not)?
My current work-in-progress is titled Matter of Trust. Darcy and Elizabeth, our beloved couple, endure a forced marriage scenario of sorts. In a rare departure for me, George Wickham enjoys a particularly prominent role. An intriguing new character is introduced, as well. Readers are welcome to follow my Pinterest board or my blog spot for progress updates.
I am truly excited about Matter of Trust. Its release date is late Autumn 2012.