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Pamela Lynne

author of the new JAFF release

Dearest Friends!

Hi Pamela! Thanks for wanting to be a victim of Ask the Author!

I’m excited to host another fellow Chat Chit, and congratulations on the publication of Dearest Friends. I know it has been a long road for you.

Anyway, we’ve received a lot of great questions. We had a few repeat questions, particularly in regards to the newly announced Dearest Friends sequel (Family Portraits). I’ve put the similar questions together, so you can address them separately or at the same time. It’s your choice. I know you’re probably raring to get started, so let’s get to it!


What made you decide to start writing P&P JAFF? How did you develop your story line?

Hi Dung! I started writing after I read pretty much every completed story the forums and Amazon had to offer. I remember reading a few stories where Caroline had somehow tried to compromise Darcy, Bingley didn’t chastise her, yet he and Darcy stayed friends. My mind started working what I feel is a more likely scenario—Bingley supports Caroline and loses Darcy’s friendship. I also know how unlikely it would have been in those times that Mr. Bennet would not expect one of his daughters to marry Collins. The fact that he didn’t really accentuates his carelessness. Combine those two scenarios and there you go.


I would love to know how you develop a story.

Hi tgruy. That’s kind of a hard question to answer given I’ve only completed one novel length story so far. DF developed as a work in progress (WIP) at AHA and really had a mind of its own. What I am working on now, Sketching Character, is much more structured. Like DF, though, I know where I want Darcy and Elizabeth to be at the end, so the process is pretty much just working toward that.


Do you write down an outline first before starting your story and rigorously follow it or are you fly-by-your-pants kind of writer? Or a mixture of both?

Hi Luthien. I suppose it is a mixture of both. I did not have an outline for DF, but I always knew where it was going for the majority of the characters. With Sketching Character, it is completely mapped out with each section outlined. We’ll see how that works!



(Brenda Webb)
I like to ask other authors how much research they do when writing a book. So, Pam, fess up! And do you ever model your characters after people you know? Enquiring minds want to know. I already have your book but I had to get in on the questions.

Hi Brenda! DF is so character driven that I did not need to do quite as much research as I find myself doing now. However, there were a few things that required delving into the Regency Encyclopedia. I kept a 1812 calendar up the entire time I was writing to make sure I got the dates right. I also did some reading on the weather in early 1812 and thankfully it coincided with what I was doing. It was important to me that Mr. Gardiner was able to hold his own against Darcy’s relations. I had to look into possible businesses he could be involved with to make that happen. That was fun. I answer your second question a bit further down.



You say DF is character driven, so did your characters ever take off in their own direction? Did you rein them back in or did you follow their lead entirely?

Hi Leslie. I could answer that with one word—Jane! That girl gave me fits. When I started, I had in mind that she would be redeemed pretty early on and then become sort of a mama bear. She had other ideas and, obviously, I let her fly.


(Joy King)
There’s a few things I would like to know.

In the 1995 movie of P&P, Mr. Bennet is portrayed as being a warm/fuzzy father and Jane is all sweetness. Your character portrayal of these two are much different. Any flack from readers?

Hi Joy. I never read/saw Mr. Bennet as warm and fuzzy. I read him as lazy and irresponsible. I’ve said it before—a lazy parent is asking for trouble and he found it. Jane probably was everything Austen wrote her to be, given her relationship with her own sister. However, we really only get Elizabeth’s POV when it comes to Jane. We know how flawed her character assessments are. So, what if she was wrong about Jane, too?

I didn’t really get flack when I posted it on the forums. We’ve seen some worse Jane’s there. There have been some Amazon reviewers, however, who could follow such a selfish characterisation.


(Joy King)
What was your biggest challenge setting your story in the Regency period?

Keeping the dialogue true to the time. I don’t try so hard with the narration since I am a modern writer writing for a modern audience, but I try to get the dialogue as accurate as possible. I removed a lot of contractions as I edited as well as some more modern phrasings. I probably still got a lot wrong.


(Joy King)
The cover of your book is gorgeous. What drew you to this particular setting of our dear couple?

Thank you! I am so pleased with it. Leslie is awesome. We had a bit of a time at first. Leslie was trying to give me what I wanted, but what I wanted just wasn’t working. I started going through stock images for inspiration and at the same time, Leslie was exploring England, her new home. I found an image that displayed several windows and a light dawned. Darcy and Elizabeth as well as Sebastian and Mary all looked out of windows at pivotal points in the book. I told Leslie about the idea and she told me about an estate (Oxburgh Hall) she had just toured with beautiful windows. That got everything going. Have I ever mentioned Leslie is awesome?


Are any of the characters’ personalities based on people you know or are related to? Will we see more of Porter (& will he have better taste next time)?

Hi Gail. I have never intentionally modelled characters after real life acquaintances, but they have certainly seeped into my writing. DF was very cathartic for me and when I read through it I see so many people from my life. My husband, my father, my first love–they are all there. There’s even a section where I vent about the unnecessary drama that is found on the forums and poke at my hypocrisy in the process. I think writing it all out has saved me from being a hot mess!

Yes, we will see more of Porter. He plays a big role in Family Portraits.


What prompted you to steer Mary and Sebastian’s relationship in such a different direction? (I know it’s a vague question, but I don’t want to give anything away!)


**Spoiler Alert**


I always knew they would be important to each other and that there would be an attraction on Sebastian’s part. From the beginning I told myself I would not Mulder and Scully them up by getting them together in the end or even having them fall in love. But, damn if they didn’t Mulder and Scully themselves. I really wanted to show a male/female friendship that wasn’t in any way sexual. Oh well, the muse wants what it wants. After I finished it and read it all the way through, I saw many RL parallels in Mary and Sebastian and realized it could not have gone any other way. I cherish those two.



(Jen Red)
Hi Pam, We had such fun with Dearest Friends. I already have my copy but aside from more Regency, I was wondering if you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at a modern, or are you leaving that one up to Cat? Best Wishes with your new publication.

Hi Jen. I do have a modern bunny hopping around, Building Pemberley. I had actually planned on it being my next story, but the another Regency took over. To be honest, moderns scare me. I feel more comfortable in the past.


Will you eventually write something which is not related to Pride and Prejudice or even non-Austenesque books?

I don’t know. If a bunny presents itself I would probably pursue it. Right now I am committed to JAFF.

There were three questions that were all very much the same. I didn’t want to exclude anyone, so I included all of them. However, I did give Pamela the option to address them in one answer, which she did. 


What’s the next book in the works and when is it due to be released?

(Zoe Burton)
Pam, I see that you are doing a sequel or something. When will it be out? Will Mary and Sebastian *finally* get together in there somewhere? I can kill their spouses off for you if you like! 😉 I already have a Kindle copy of DF…and I read it immediately

(Joy King)
I think this is a question that many will ask – when will the sequel be ready?

I am planning a series of short stories that take place at 2, 5 and 10 years after the close of DF. If all goes well they will be published next month. Mary and Sebastian do spend time in each other’s company. No, Zoe, you can’t kill off any poor innocent spouses.

After that I will get back to work on Sketching Character which has been in the works for over a year. Look for it to come out in early Spring.



 So Yay!!! Thanks so much Pamela, for stopping by and answering everyone’s questions!!!!

Now to continue the giveaway!

If you submitted a question, you are already submitted once for the drawing. A comment on the finished interview will gain you another chance to win that e-book of Dearest Friends, so get typing!

Pam has even offered a pretty Christmas ornament for those who have already purchased Dearest Friends!

So those who already have the e-book, send in your comments, too!

Just let me know that you already have Dearest Friends in your comment.

Last day to submit a comment for the giveaway is

Friday, 12 December 2014

22 thoughts on “Pamela Lynne

  1. Brenda Webb says:

    I like to ask other authors how much research they do when writing a book. So, Pam, fess up! And do you ever model your characters after people you know? Enquiring minds want to know. I already have your book but I had to get in on the questions. However, let me go on record as recommending this tale if you haven’t had chance to read it yet!


  2. Dung says:

    What made you decide to start writing P&P JAFF? How did you developed your story line?


  3. Jennifer Redlarczyk says:

    Hi Pam, We had such fun with Dearest Friends. I already have my copy but aside from more Regency, I was wondering if you’ve ever thought about trying your hand at a modern, or are you leaving that one up to Cat? Best Wishes with your new publication.


  4. tgruy says:

    I would love to know how you develop a story, I love to read but can’t write anything original to save my life.


  5. The call for questions is closed!! Thanks everyone for your input. I emailed Pam the interview this morning and I will post it as soon as I receive it back. Don’t forget to comment when I post the interview for another chance to win the ebook.


  6. jdawnking says:

    What a delightful interview. Thank you to both of you.

    Leslie, this format is brilliant. How cool it is that we get to find out what we truly want to know about a writer and their stories.

    Pamela, you write with such maturity that it is hard to believe this is the first story that you have published. Congratulations!


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Thank you Dawn. It was a long time coming. I wrote in college but didn’t try fiction again until this story. I don’t even want to glance at what I wrote 20 years ago. It was all very dark without a trace of humor. Thankfully I can now laugh at myself.


  7. schilds says:

    This book has caught my interest. The interview was great as well. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Thank you schilds. Good luck!


  8. LouAnn says:

    Awesome interview answering the questions many of us have been thinking about. I do not have this book as of yet anyway and now it is on my havae to get list. Thanks.


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Thank you LouAnn. I enjoyed answering everyone’s questions. Good luck!


  9. Zoe Burton says:

    LOL Pam! Are you sure I can’t help you dispose of any bodies?? 😉 DF is one of my favorite JAFF. You write so well!! Thanks for answering my questions. 🙂 I already have an ebook copy, which I read immediately!


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Zoe is all sweet and nice until a certain Viscount marries the “wrong” girl. Then she gets all murderous. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Thank you Zoe!


  10. Cat Gardiner says:

    Still waiting for my answer, missy! Where did you meet your Mr. Darcy and was it love at first sight and who flung the famous insult first? 😉 Great Interview!!!!


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t include it in my answers. I blame my crappy weekend for muddling my mind. DH and I met in college. We had mutual friends and he showed up at my dorm one night. No insults, just a nice conversation about a paper he wad writing for his Woman as Goddess class. We were both pretty smitten early on and when he dropped by one afternoon bearing cookies and a Dr. Pepper, his fate was sealed! He was too sweet to let go.

      Ok, that’s the official story, but here’s how the first meeting really went down. Well, DH says it was out first meeting and I just have to trust him since I have no real recollection of it. I was on my way back to the dorm one night after class. I preferred night classes then since I still suffered from insomnia (and did until I got married). Ironically enough, the class was on short story writing. I wrote a lot about the man who inspired Sebastian then, only he usually ended up mutilated or dying a horrible death. Thankfully for all of us I’ve matured since then. Anyway, I was coming back from that class and was about to cross a street when a car pulled up. The driver (who was NOT the future DH) got out and took a couple steps toward me–with his Jim Dandy on full display. Like I said, it was night so there weren’t too many people around. Thankfully, a guy did walk up just then and I moved toward him. Mr. “I’m so proud of my package I need to show the world” got back in his car and pulled away.

      I can joke about it now, but then I was seriously freaked out. I get back to my dorm and sitting in the lobby were those mutual friends. DH says he was there too. I was not very sociable and was probably pretty bitchy and uncomfortable. All I remember was later that night thinking “Gosh, I was pretty rude to Rex’s friend.” So, I guess I kinda remember, but that meeting was bit overshadowed. He’ll never let me forget it, though. That was almost 16 years ago. Thankfully I haven’t been flashed since then.


  11. Tresha B says:

    Lovely interview. I have been introduced to a new to me author yay. Added to my TBR list.


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Thank you Tresha. It is nice to meet you too. Good luck!


  12. Dung says:

    Thank you for answering our questions. Love learning more about an author and your writing process


    1. Pamela Lynne says:

      Thank you, Dung. It has been a pleasure getting to know everybody through the tour. Good luck!


  13. Janet T says:

    I enjoyed reading the questions and your answers. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. My interest is piqued. Two of the questions and your answers to them have me wanting to know much more. The questions were from Joy (about fuzzy Mr. Bennet and Jane) and Dung (about Caroline, compromise and Bingley’s reaction). Your book with its lovely cover is now on my TBR list. Thanks again for the opportunity and for the informative question and answer session.


  14. Lúthien84 says:

    Thanks for answering my questions, Pamela. As a reading of Austenesque works, I love hearing and getting to know the authors behind some of the stories that they penned.

    Pamela, your story of how your husband met you has tugged on my heartstrings. It cement my belief that there are good man out there who is just like your hubby. I just have to discover him but hopefully not through your bad experience.


  15. Please feel free to send Pamela comments, but sorry the giveaway is closed!


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