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Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011

Please welcome Janet Mullany to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Janet:  Humor, I think, which creeps in unbidden into nearly everything I've written.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Janet:  Since I've sold on proposal by necessity I've become a plotter, but my synopses are very vague with huge holes so I actually write as a pantser and trust that everything will fall into place.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Janet:  Jane Austen--of course--Mrs. Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, Anna Maxted, Terry Pratchett. All English!

TQ:  You’ve written 2 Austenesque paranormal novels – Jane and the Damned (2010) and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (2011). What inspired you to write them?

Janet:  The editor who bought my first Regency chicklit, The Rules of Gentility, suggested I write something about Austen and vampires, since at the time P&P&Zombies was very big. I'm not sure that what I wrote, Jane and the Damned, was quite what she had in mind, but she wanted something funny, which she did get. I don't consider myself a paranormal writer but I had fun creating a world that could accommodate both Jane Austen and the supernatural.

TQ:  Describe Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion in 140 characters or less.

Janet:  Chawton vampire alert! Jane is Damned again.

TQ:  How does Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion fit into the Austen pantheon? Does it continue an Austen novel or present an alternate version? Or is it something else?

Janet:  Absolutely something else. It's based very loosely on episodes in Austen's life but in an alternate England where vampires are "out" and visible in society. In the first book, Jane and the Damned, Austen is created a vampire and is taken to Bath to take the cure, the Bath waters, but when the French invade, she stays a vampire to fight them. JABP is set 13 years later when the Damned, the vampires, are out of favor and settle in the village of Chawton, and their proximity to Jane makes her acquire vampire characteristics once more.

TQ:  What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? Why?

JanetEmma--it's funny and full of levels of irony and deception (in both Austen's and the characters' voices) and it always engages me when I reread it.

TQ:  If you could go back in time to have tea with Jane Austen what would you want to ask her?

Janet:  About the letters her sister Cassandra destroyed although I suspect they were full of nasty comments about her family and/or people she knew, nothing really juicy! Also what she thinks of the whole Austen sequel, prequel industry.

TQ:  Will there be additional Jane Austen paranormals?

Janet:  Probably not. It was a two book contract and I wrapped up both the story arc and Jane's life in the second book.

TQ:  What’s next?

Janet:  My next book is a rewrite of my first novel Dedication, the only trade Regency with two bondage scenes, which Loose-Id will be bringing out next year. I've also got a short story in the fabulous anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It ed, Laurel Ann Nattress, which also came out this month. I'm writing this from Ft Worth, TX where we had a book launch party for the anthology, JABP, and Carrie Bebris's latest--it was also the location for the JASNA Conference, which was wonderful.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, Jane and the Damned and Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion
William Morrow Paperbacks
October 4, 2011

Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011
It is 1810, and the Damned are out of favor—banished from polite society. Jane Austen’s old undead friends have become new neighbors, raising hell in her tranquil village just in time to interrupt Jane’s work on what will be her masterpiece. Suddenly Jane’s niece is flirting dangerously with vampires, and a formerly respectable spinster friend has discovered the forbidden joys of intimate congress with the Damned (and is borrowing Jane’s precious silk stockings for her assignations). Writing is simply impossible now, with murderous creatures prowling the village’s once-peaceful lanes. And with the return of her vampire characteristics, a civil war looming between factions of the Damned, and a former lover who intends to spend eternity blaming her for his broken heart, Jane is facing a very busy year indeed.

Jane and the Damned
William Morrow Paberbacks
September 28, 2010

Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011
Jane Austen
Novelist . . . gentlewoman . . . Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to know.

Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—by an absolute cad of a bloodsucker—she acquiesces to her family’s wishes and departs for Bath to take the waters, the only known cure.

But what she encounters there is completely unexpected: perilous jealousies and further betrayals, a new friendship and a possible love. Yet all that must be put aside when the warring French invade unsuspecting Bath—and the streets run red with good English blood. Suddenly only the staunchly British Damned can defend the nation they love . . . with Jane Austen leading the charge at the battle’s forefront.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Laurel Ann Natress (editor)
Random House
October 11, 2011

Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011
Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie VieraRigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley

“My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy’s heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen—her novels, her life, her wit, her world.

In Lauren Willig’s “A Night at Northanger,” a young woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe’s “Waiting” captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion’s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family’s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall’s “Jane Austen’s Cat,” our beloved Jane tells her nieces “cat tales” based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Intolerable Stupidity” finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany’s “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley’s “Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,” a widow doesn’t believe she’ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.

Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.

About Janet

Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011
Janet Mullany was born in England but now lives near Washington, DC. She’s worked as an archaeologist, performing arts administrator, waitress, bookseller, and as an editor/proofreader for a small press. Her debut book was Dedication, the only Signet Regency to have two bondage scenes, followed by The Rules of Gentility (HarperCollins 2007), which was acquired by Little Black Dress (UK) for whom she wrote three more Regency chicklits, A Most Lamentable Comedy, Improper Relations, and Mr. Bishop and the Actress. Her career as a writer who does terrible things to Jane Austen began in 2010 with the publication of Jane and the Damned (HarperCollins), a book about Jane as a vampire, and a modern retelling of Emma, Little to Hex Her, in the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen headlined by Mary Balogh. Her most recent book is Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, about the vampire invasion of Chawton (William Morrow, 2011).

Janet's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite Jane Austen novel?


Novel you would like to see given a paranormal treatment?

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, October 24, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011

A new Jane Austen alternate will be hitting the shelves on September 30, 2011 - Mr. Darcy's Bite by Mary Lydon Simonsen.

Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011
Mr. Darcy has a secret...

Darcy is acting rather oddly. After months of courting Elizabeth Bennet, no offer of marriage is forthcoming and Elizabeth is first impatient, then increasingly frightened. For there is no denying that the full moon seems to be affecting his behavior, and Elizabeth’s love is going to be tested in ways she never dreamed...

Darcy has more than family pride to protect: others of his kind are being hunted all over England and a member of Darcy’s pack is facing a crisis in Scotland. It will take all of Elizabeth’s faith, courage, and ingenuity to overcome her prejudice and join Darcy in a Regency world she never knew existed.

Trade Paperback
352 pages, $14.99

Mash Ups and More Update - Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons - December 15, 2010

Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian is available. You can read my interview with Vera Nazarian here.

Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
December 5, 2010
Trade Paperback
Retail Price:
$14.95 USD - £11.50 GBP
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-058-7
ISBN-10: 1-60762-058-8
346 pages

Mash Ups and More Update - Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons - December 15, 2010

Dragons in the skies of Regency England!

Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.

Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies -- odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.

Gentle Reader -- this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.

Mash Ups and More Update - Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons - December 15, 2010

Click for more information:

You can read an excerpt of the first 3 chapters of Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons here.

In addition, more mash ups are forthcoming from the Curiosities imprint of Norilana Books:

Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
December 25, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-078-5
ISBN-10: 1-60762-078-2

Pagan Persuasion: All Olympus Descends on Regency
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
TBA, 2011

Emma Enchanted
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
TBA, 2011

Sense and Sanguine Sensibility
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
TBA, 2012

Lady Susan, Succubus
by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
TBA, 2012

The Collected Supernatural Jane Austen
by Vera Nazarian
TBA, 2013

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

I finally picked up my comics this morning. It's a lot calmer on Thursday than on new release day. I did not get a lot of comics this week. Here are my favorites:

IDW Publshing:

Mario Acevedo's Killing the Cobra, #4
Chinatown Trollop, Part 4
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

The action gets hyper-kinetic and bloody when detective-vampire Felix Gomez and his lover Qian Ning escape the carnage unleashed by the gangster Jiang Chow and his goons. Felix retaliates and his victory turns hollow after Qian is taken hostage. She's bait and Felix has no choice but to enter Jiang's trap.

If you are a fan of Mario's Felix Gomez novels, you must get this comic!

MGM Drive-In Theater: It The Terror From Beyond Space, #3
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

This retro-1950s saga follows the harrowing tale of the spaceship Challenge 142 as it carries the only survivor of an earlier failed expedition who is suspected of killing his crew for their lifesaving rations. Traveling Earthbound… they discover a hungry man-eating creature that is killing the crew one member at a time…


Sense & Sensibility, #5 of 5
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

After their trip to London proves a positive disaster, the defeated Dashwood daughters forge their way home to Barton. And when a broken heart pushes fragile Marianne over the edge, it's beyond even her sister Elinor's means to help her. But can the shocking revelations of a surprise gentleman caller prove Marianne's salvation? Find out in the fantastic final chapter of Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece!


Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, #1
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

Five Mercy Thompson novels have topped the NY Times best-seller list, and her premiere graphic novel did the same. Now Patricia Briggs' heroic shape-shifter returns to comics.

Mercy Thompson inhabits two worlds without truly belonging to either.

To the human inhabitants of the Tri-Cities she's an oddity, a female mechanic operating her own garage.

To the town's darker residents, werewolves, vampires, and fae, she's a walker, a last-of-her-kind magical being with the power to become a coyote.

Mercy warily straddles the fine line dividing our everyday world from that darker dimension.

Till a boy, mauled by vicious werewolves and forever changed by the attack and on the run from those who committed the crime, appears at her door.

Now her two worlds are about to collide. Outnumbered and out-muscled, can Mercy possibly save the boy? Or even herself?

Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 1 #1 begins Dynamite's eight-part adaptation of Patricia Briggs first Mercy novel. Personally supervised by Ms. Briggs, the series is sure to thrill fans both old and new!

Brett Booth is the cover artist. He was the main artist for the Anita Blake comics.

Boom! Studios:

Dracula: The Company of Monsters #2
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

From the mind of Kurt Busiek, the all-new ongoing horror series continues! When a powerful, predatory corporation acquires the valuable asset that is Dracula, they are not prepared for what they have awakened. Despite being trapped by the corporation, Dracula will let no one stop him from rebuilding his kingdom. Even if it takes a hundred more years. And many more bodies. It's bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos.
Interview with Janet Mullany and Giveaway - October 17, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - Mr. Darcy's Bite - August 20, 2011Mash Ups and More Update - Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons - December 15, 2010Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

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