Today I am glad to introduce to all of you Mary Lydon Simonsen, fellow Janeite and author of many Austen re-imaginings. Have you ever thought of the possibility of Mr. Darcy being a vampire? Well, she did! Recently, she also decided to write a mystery novel, featuring gorgeous Patrick Shea; I read the first novel and I cannot wait to read the next one :D But enough from me. Get to know Mary better.

Describe yourself.

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, and lover of chocolate. I also happen to write Austen re-imaginings. This came rather late in life for me (my mid fifties), but it’s been a lot of fun, most especially because of all the great people I’ve met throughout the world.

What is your favourite fruit flavour? Peach

What is your favourite day of the week? Friday. Time to kick back.

Which is your favourite time of the day? 7:00 p.m. Dinner is over; the dishes are done. It’s time to watch baseball with my husband.

Are you a morning person or a night person? I seem to get a second wind in the evening.

What is your favourite breakfast meal? Mushroom omelette

What is your favourite colour and why? Blue – the color of the sky

Which is your most favourite book ever? Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, an American epic

What kind of music do you like?  Country Western

Which is your favourite genre of films? Film noir

Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Italy

Which animal would you want to be and why? Bear – I like to hibernate.

If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why?  Nelson Mandela, a hero of mine. Rick Blaine from Casablanca. His love story with Ilsa Lund is one of the best. Mr. Darcy – So many questions.

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Happiness for my family, that my husband outlive me, more civil political discourse

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? Family photos, good books, clean underwear, shampoo, a motor boat

If you could be anyone, who would you be? Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist

What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? Not to worry so much

What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Go on a very long tour of Europe

What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a house for my sister and go on a very long tour of Europe

If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? Holding hands with my husband and hugging my kids and grandkids

Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? Nice  - actually boringly nice

What was the happiest moment in your life? My wedding day

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Traveling about Europe

What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? Self-publish a novel that no one else had read

What is your definition of an incredible weekend? Holding hands with my husband on a bridge in Venice

Which is the best holidays you have ever had? Tour of Italy

Have you got a phobia you want to share? Claustrophobia and a fear of dentists

What makes you angry? Intolerance

What do you do when you feel sad? Cry—a lot

Who or what inspires you? People who have overcome hándicaps, such as the Olympic runner from South Africa; volunteers who put in the time; people who persevere despite adversity

Now you can freely talk about your books.

My Jane Austen re-imaginings, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, For All the Wrong Reasons, and Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea are “what if” stories. What if Anne and Georgiana played a prominent role in bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together? What if Mr. Darcy apologized after the Meryton Assembly. What if Elizabeth agreed to an arranged marriage with Mr. Darcy, and what if Captain Wentworth suffered a head injury and didn’t remember his first proposal to Anne Elliot? Although the protagonists find themselves in different situations, they remain true to Austen’s characters.

In Darcy on the Hudson, Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy, Searching for Pemberley, and the soon-to-be released Darcy Goes to War, I drop the story into important historical eras: the eve of the War of 1812 in New York, post World War I, post World War II, and World War II.

I also like to have fun with Austen’s characters: A Walk in the Meadows in Rosings Park and The Language of the Fan are light-hearted tales, and Anne Elliot, A New Beginning is a parody of

One of my favorite novels is Mr. Darcy’s Bite, in which our hero is a werewolf, and Elizabeth must decide is she can love a man who becomes a creature of the night for two days out of every lunar month. It really is a story about acceptance. I’m currently working on a sequel to Mr. Darcy’s Bite that I hope to have out by Halloween.

When I am not writing Jane Austen re-imaginings, I write mysteries, including the newly released Three’s A Crowd, and the upcoming A Killing in Kensington which feature Patrick Shea, a detective at Scotland Yard.

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09/28/2012 10:36am

Cinta, Thanks for having me on your blog.

09/28/2012 3:44pm

Mary, you are SO prolific!! How do you manage to produce so many great stories in a year?? I love that they are all so different, although you really know how to put your characters through the proverbial wringer. Poor Darcy as werewolf!

mary simonsen
09/29/2012 11:10am

June, It's as if I've been storing up stories for my whole life, and they are just spilling out. I have Patrick Shea #2 coming out next week, and I'm trying to get a sequel of Mr. Darcy's Bite out by November. But it's slow going. Thanks for stopping by. :)

09/28/2012 4:29pm

Great interview! Mary, I love your desire to travel- Italy was by far my favourite trip ever, and we can't wait to go back also.

Mary Simonsen
09/29/2012 11:11am

If I had the money, I'd go to Italy for a year, and then I would even see half of what I'd want to see.

09/29/2012 7:14am

First of all: a big thank you to Cinta for giving us the chance to read this interview; I really like to know better the authors of book I love.

At first, when I started reading "Anne Elliot, a new beginning" I was a bit perplexed but after a few pages I was trapped in the story and I had lot of fun reading it.
"The perfect bride for Mr Darcy" and "A wife for Mr Darcy" are two of my favourite P&P what if. I simply couldn't put them down!

I'm always sceptical about novels that includes supernatural in Jane Austen's novel, but maybe I should give "Mr Darcy's bite" a chance... :-D And this mystery series sounds intriguing.
Can't wait to read more by Mary Lydon Simonsen!!!

mary simonsen
09/29/2012 11:12am

Hi Irene. Good to hear from you. Mr. Darcy's Bite is actually a love story and one of acceptance. Mr. Darcy just happens to be a werewolf.

10/01/2012 4:23am

LOL! Clean undies on a deserted island. That's so funny. Great inteview.


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