There are a lot of references to American pop culture in A Searing Acquaintance, and quite a few of them are unknown to Darcy, raised in England by his British father and American mother. Some of them are likely a bit foreign to readers as well. There’s the music from his mother’s mix tape that Bingley loads onto his iPod, there’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the Jetsons. And of course, we cannot forget Elizabeth singing Wagner, a la Elmer Fudd in Looney Tunes.
I’d envisioned Anne Fitzwilliam with a little Grace Kelly in her…beautiful, smart and intriguing, and married to an older man she loses interest in. Arthur Darcy said “Norwegian Wood” was her song, an odd compliment. But she was definitely a child of the `60s, hence her love of folksingers. But the music spans decades, her lifetime, really. After all, Darcy and Elizabeth are thrown together because of a James Taylor concert; they bond over the “sweet spot” in “Still Crazy After All These Years;” and finally, they dance to Sinatra.
It’s all pretty wonderful. And very strange to have coworkers and friends who never knew I wrote fiction, let alone adore Jane Austen (or had a romantic novel in me), say they’re reading the book and start asking me questions. But it’s pretty heartwarming too.
….of the cover reveal and the roll-out of A Searing Acquaintance. First-time author here, full of jangly nerves and wide-eyed anticipation. (Does this get old? Do authors grow jaded? Will people like my book? Even the sad parts? I hope so.)
The story has been with me for two years now, and the characters haven’t let go of my imagination. Actually, some of the Darcys and Elizabeths in the very first JAFF I read, some ten years ago, are still in my head too. I adore stories with deep characterization and shadings and I relish memorable dialogue. (And I like parenthetical asides, much to my amazing editor’s chagrin. Sorry, Gail!) A Searing Acquaintance has been edited, proofed and re-proofed, and is ready for publication by Meryton Press. It will be available soon in Kindle and print versions—in fact, just a couple of weeks from today: March 1.
But first up is the cover reveal on February 15. I’m absolutely thrilled with it and how it conveys a very emotional story. Cover designer Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou did a wonderful job. I’m so grateful to her and to Gail Warner, and to the great people at Meryton Press, especially copyeditor/layout designer Ellen Pickels, and publisher Michele Reed.
Welcome to the online work-in-progress home of Jan Ashton, the author of A Searing Acquaintance, a modern update of Pride & Prejudice, as well as two dozen short JAFF stories I like to think brim with romance, humor and bits of history. Please take a second to learn a little more about me and to find out about my current projects by clicking on this page’s bells and whistles. I’m more of a writer than a social media maven, but I’m dipping my toe in with a blog that will focus on themes in my novel, including The Made-Up Backstories, Mysteries and Myths of Darcy’s Parents; Central Park’s Greatest Movie Scenes; and The Evolution of Snark.
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