Hello readers! I’m very excited to welcome back one of my favorite authors, Cat Gardiner, to Austenesque Reviews today! If you are unfamiliar with the captivating novels by Cat Gardiner, her specialty is Modern-day retellings and she is phenomenal at recreating our beloved couple and their story in new and inventive ways! (You really should pick one up if you haven’t already!)
Cat is here to celebrate not one but two new releases! That’s right, this talented author has kept herself super busy and has had two new releases come out in the last 8 weeks!!! The first is a 1950’s Austen noir/crime drama titled Undercover, the second is a World War II inspired romance, titled A Moment Forever.
I am so happy to be here, Meredith! Thank you for the invite and the generous compliments. I’m truly delighted that you enjoy my contemporary offerings in the JAFF community. But I gotta tell you … you’re one tough interviewer. I think I’m ready *puts shoulders back*.
Cat, I’m so excited to have you visit my blog and to have this opportunity to talk with you about your novels! For my first question, I would like to learn a bit about your approach to writing contemporary retellings of Pride and Prejudice. What I love most about your stories – besides the admirable, strong, and über sexy recreations of Lizzy and Darcy – is your creativity. You don’t deliver a scene-by-scene update of Pride and Prejudice in a different setting. You do so much more with the story and these characters, and it always feels fresh and new in your hands. Here’s the big question, Cat – how do you do it? Do you construct an outline ahead of time? Do your characters lead the way?
An outline you ask? I wish I could be so together as to have an outline. Whenever I have tried to do so, it falls to the wayside. The paper or napkin gets lost in my mess or hidden in some obscure file on any one of three computers. Nope. I’m a pantser not a plotter. My characters—and muse—seem to tell me that they know best, and I’ve learned to trust them, chill, and just go with the flow. So basically, I sit down with a vague idea of where I want to go and how I want to end up. I know the themes and the very general plot in which to deliver them. The rest just comes together with the help of the constant flow of coffee. I start writing at about six in the morning and usually have no idea what will come out. When I get stuck, I turn to my BFF to help me fill in a plot hole or navigate me in a direction after I’ve written myself into a corner.
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