Thursday, October 8, 2009

Author Guest Post - Sara Angelini (& a Giveaway!)

* Congrats to lucky winner - Julia *


Today I'm pleased to welcome Sara Angelini. Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Sourcebooks. Sara's the author of The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy - a sexy, bold adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that re-paints favorite characters in twenty-first century colors.

Synopsis - Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy, a legal expert on both sides of the Atlantic, is ready to hang up his black robe and return to the life of a country gentleman—until he meets Elizabeth Bennet, a fresh-faced attorney with a hectic schedule and no time for the sexy but haughty judge. Tempers and sparks fly in Judge Darcy's courtroom— and outside, in a series of chance encounters that give each of them pause—as the two match wits and try to fight their overwhelming attraction. When they meet up in England at an international law conference, they embark on a hot, heavy affair. Back in the States, though, ethical considerations intrude, and each is subjected to a torturous period of soul-searching before they can find their way back to each other...

I think somewhere deep inside, I’ve always been a writer. I didn’t know it, but my father did.

My father is a voracious reader. He’ll read just about anything. Now in his retirement years, he’s rarely without a book in hand. I catch him reading biographies, spy thrillers, science fiction, comedies, and yes…trashy romances. My mom was a part-time librarian and volunteers at a library today. In June when my parents visited me and my new little one, by the time they left I had about ten books to add to my already overflowing shelves.

Growing up as I did surrounded by books, it shouldn’t have been any stretch of the imagination that I would end up as a writer. I wrote my first book in the third grade. It was a suspenseful mystery thriller called “The Case of the Bubbling Floor,” and was all of two pages long -- with illustrations.

Then I wrote a longer book about giraffes…longer as in taller, because giraffes have long necks, of course. And funny little horns.

I was always writing goofy greeting cards and poems for my mom’s birthdays, and as I progressed in school, I always excelled in English class on the strength of my essays. In middle school we had to write short stories and my teacher let some students read others’ work in front of the class; the boy I had a crush on used to ask me if he could read my stories. I think we might have gone steady for a week in seventh grade, proof that nerds can get the cuties if even for only a brief whirlwind romance.

In high school I wrote my first fan fiction, although I didn’t know what fan fiction was at the time. It was a “steamy” romance about me and John Taylor of Duran Duran. My mom’s best friend found it and I thought I’d get in trouble about the sex scenes, but it was worse than that…she laughed at them. Shoulda stuck to what I knew, I guess.

My dad, an army man, had this wild dream that I’d go into the army and write for Stars and Stripes. It wasn’t gonna happen, I’d never have made it through boot camp. The only journalism class I ever took was a disaster: the instructor had a nervous breakdown in class because the photographers hung out in the dark room smoking pot. (She had control issues.) Besides, I couldn’t possibly choose a career suggested by my parents lest I be deemed a total and complete dork.

So what did I do to avoid becoming a writer? I went to graduate school where I had to write a thesis over the course of two years. Brilliant, eh? And when I didn’t like the major I’d chosen, I decided to go to law school. No writing involved there. Nope. None at all.

Legal writing takes clarity, precision, and persuasion. After a couple of years of cutting my teeth on trial briefs, I was getting to be a pretty decent writer. I was winning cases based on my submissions and feeling pretty good about myself. Cocky, you might say. So when I began reading fan fiction, there came a point when I thought “heh, I could do that, and better, too!” Famous last words.

I started writing The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy and over the course of five months had banged out the entire 40-chapter opus. I posted it on the fan fiction websites and all the wonderful comments fed my ego like Miracle Gro.

The thing about fan fiction websites is that for the most part, they’re very kind. Negative comments - even constructive criticism - are frowned upon. So I never really knew how weak my book was until it was picked up for publication. Boy, the constructive criticism flew then! But it was worth it; without it, I would not have the ability to improve and grow as a writer.

Anywhooo, back to my parents. My mom - who is a strictly PG-13 type of person - is gleefully telling her library buddies that her daughter is a Published Author (even though I’ve forbidden her from actually reading the book) and has ordered a copy for their stacks. As for my dad, he’s already bought a copy of my racy book, but I’m hoping he doesn’t read it. That would be just…weird.

I don’t know how he knew it, but he did. He knew I’d end up writing, even if it was trashy romance instead of Stars and Stripes. I guess father really does know best.

(Happy Birthday, Daddy!)
Lol, I know what you mean, Sara. I wouldn't want my Mom reading my book either (never mind that at the moment it's all still in my head :). Being a huge P&P fan (I have 6 or more well-thumbed copies of it at home, much to my hubby's bewilderment), I can't wait to read your modern adaptation of it. It sure sounds like sizzling, hot fun!

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  1. Hi, this is a great giveaway! I read an excerpt from this book, and it is smokin'! I love the sexual heat and the sharp repartee. I would not mind at all if this judge called me to his chambers! Woo-hoo! Plus, the female lead is strong and conflicted just like so many career women is this world. Women should be able to have it all!

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  5. I like the author. Her personality was flowing on the article she wrote. Her book sounds so heavily filled with hot romance. I loved Pride and Prejudice,so I know I will love this book. It will be interesting to see how this judge and lawyer finally find eachother...or do they? I really want to win and read this book. Oh come on, you can pick me. I'm sweet and adorable and I know you can see it through me entry. I , I , well...please?

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  8. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels. I love it because it's old-fashioned. I don't know if modernizing it really works. Convince me. I think it peculiar, a bit odd, really, that one would want to update a classic work, rather than write a modern story. Don't we always return to the classics for comfort, support, delight in what we know. I'm willing to be proven wrong. So...as is said in this modern world, "Make my day."


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  10. I've been reading P&P adaptations, including paranormal ones, but The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy is the first contemporary adaptation I've seen and I'm excited to read it and compare with other genre adaptations!

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  27. Not a formal entry, I forgot to add in my comment # 10 above that I also want to read how author Sara Angelini wrote the sexual tension scenes between the modern Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth!

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  29. I love to read! I'm a bookaholic, which belive me, is a verra expensive addiction!! I have passed on my love of reading to many of my friends and family members, which is great for me, because then we get to chat about all these wonderful books and go book shopping together! So, why should you pick me? Because I really want to read your book, which I'm sure my friends would be interested in too. :)


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  31. I love P&P take-offs and this one has had great reviews! Plus, I love the Legally-Blonde like cover of this imaginative tale. Have you seen the new Harper release of P&P, marketed to Twilight lovers? All black with a flower--looks very deep. I guess they're doing Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet too! Hey, any way to get more folks to read those classics! Thanks for the chance to win.
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