Howdy, Romance Junkies!! My name is Sara Angelini and I’m the author of The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I live in the San Francisco area with my husband Dominic, my daughter Sophia, my son Viggo, and my dogs Frodo and Sansa (listed in order of age and/or importance).
Writing an introductory post is no easy task. It’s difficult striking a balance between a cool, casual “Hey, this is me,” and a desperate, shrill “No, really, it’s MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” I mean, the thing about characters is that they tend to write themselves. *clears throat and searches mind frantically for something to say…*
Trials is my first novel. I started writing it when I found myself dissatisfied with much of the fanfiction that I read online. Now, that’s not a slam. There’s a lot of mighty fine writing out there. But how many times have you read a story and thought, “hmm, that was really good, until the hero said this,” or “why doesn’t anyone write xyz?” What are your favorite ideas/pet peeves when you read a story?
When I was a kid, every time I had a complaint about something, my mom would say “make a list!” It was her maternal way of saying “shut your trap and do something about it.” When I realized that I was whining, I started making my fanfiction wish list. The list turned into scene ideas, and then a sketchy plot began to emerge. Before I knew it, I was writing every night until 2 a.m., hiding my work from my husband, afraid he would laugh at my purple prose.
I took inspiration from my life. Some of the courtroom scenes were taken directly from my experiences, and much of Darcy was based on my husband. Like Darcy, Dominic is musical and also loves fast, sexy cars. It was Dominic’s black racing helmet that inspired the idea of Darcy showing up to a Halloween party wearing a tinted helmet and racing suit.
Far from laughing at my little hobby, my husband was incredibly supportive. He let me bounce ideas off him and made sure my car references were accurate. He was impressed that I’d started – and completed – such an ambitious project, and bore it with good humor. When I started posting chapters on the fanfiction websites, I distinctly recall checking my email for comments…from our hotel room bed on our wedding anniversary!
Ironically, Dominic still hasn’t read the entire book, even after I told him it was the owner’s manual to his wife.
Since writing Trials, I’ve produced two other masterpieces: my children. But with two kids under two years old, and my writing office converted to a nursery, I don’t get much writing done these days. The desire is still there, and the ideas still pop into my head while I’m driving to work, so I’m sure with the support of my husband I’ll be back into the swing of it in no time…hahahahaha! In the meantime, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, published by Sourcebooks, will be released on October 1, 2009.
Thanks to Romance Junkies for letting me ramble about myself. Today is my birthday, and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!