A Pre-Blog Tour Moment with Amy D’Orazio

With the blog tour for A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity less than a week away, Amy D’Orazio has given us a moment of her time to answer a few quick questions about her two novels. This is just a taste of what you can expect during the upcoming tour including interviews, excerpts, reviews and giveaways. 

In this instance we decided to focus on the similarities and differences between her two novels so anyone familiar with the first might have a point of reference about the second. Even if you’ve never picked up Amy’s first book, The Best Part of Love, you might learn something more of it here that might interest you. Plus now would be a good time to pick it up while it’s on sale for a few days more on Amazon US & UK.

For those familiar with your award-winning The Best Part of Love, what similarities can they expect between that book and A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity?
I am a big fan of writing variations so nearly everything I write has some elements of canon and some point of divergence. For The Best Part of Love the point comes pre-canon, starting when Elizabeth is only 18. For A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity, the reader can know that canon has been followed right up until Elizabeth receives Jane’s letters while she is at the inn in Lambton. That’s where everything changes and it’s much like the proverbial butterfly wings that start a hurricane… a little change that becomes enormous. Unlike in canon, in A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity, Elizabeth puts those letters aside and therefore has plenty of time to walk out with Darcy, to spend more time at Pemberley, and to advance their relationship — and she never knows about Lydia’s elopement until much later that day. 
Both books are based on Pride and Prejudice. What makes your second novel unique?
A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity takes place about a year after the events in canon, so really it’s entirely new ground. Jane and Bingley are married, and there is a house party with a whole new cast of characters — some to like, and some to hate! — along with some of the usual suspects.
Because it is past the canon timeframe, I was also able to start with a blank slate for the events which occur — there is an assembly, and time at Netherfield, but also time in London including the 1814 Frost Fair on the frozen Thames which happened in February of that year. So from the perspective of setting it is almost completely unique. 
Another thing which is unusual is that in most Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, it is Darcy who has done wrong and Elizabeth who is hurt/suffering because of it. This story is more in the other way, that Elizabeth has hurt Darcy and he is the one who must learn to forgive her. 
What theme do you explore in A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity?
Ultimately what it is really about, above anything, is the fact that true love conquers all. Darcy has suffered from an egregious blow to his pride but even so, his love for Elizabeth is stronger than that. It overcomes his pride, it overcomes the disgust of his family and every other objection thrown at it — and he still loves her and wants to be with her more than anything. 
According to the blurb, this new book seems fraught with angst. What can you share with those of us who hesitate to start an angsty book to calm our fears?
There is no doubt that from Elizabeth’s perspective, this is a very angsty premise! But that’s exactly why I made an effort to provide as much of Darcy’s perspective as I could. Yes Elizabeth might only see anger and coldness but the reader is able to see the softening of Darcy’s heart. The reader will know how much he still loves her long before Elizabeth does and it makes the angst much easier to bear! And of course, once we get through the conflict, there is lots of romance and tender moments to make the rough stuff seem like a distant memory! 
What’s next? The Blog Tour begins February 21.

Details Here: http://merytonpress.com/a-short-period-of-exquisite-felicity-blog-tour/


3 Responses

  1. Glynis

    Oh Lord, this looks like another winner! Although I suppose I should buy more tissues before I read it. I cheated and read the excerpt on Amazon and from what I read I think I know what happened to cause Elizabeth to do what she did but oh how could she not tell him the truth?
    From the description above I’m going to hope for a very long period of exquisite felicity once the problem is solved 😊

  2. Suzan Lauder

    Wow, what an intriguing interview. For anyone who has never read either story, I’m sure this has solidified their resolve to get the books and devour them as soon as possible. Love your work, Amangst! You do it so well. It’s a treat for us readers all the time.

  3. Sheila L. Majczan

    Late to this blog: but know that I read both and loved them. I read both twice. I have read many of her unpublished stories and enjoyed those also.