Welcome to Under the Covers today, Maya! We can’t wait for everyone to read LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY as we loved it! Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones Diary…what gave you the idea of fusing those two books together to create Lady Bridget’s Diary?
One way I like to amuse myself is by trying to make Regency titles out of contemporary movies and stories. Sometime’s they’re silly, but sometimes they are so catchy and I can immediately imagine the story, like Lady Bridget’s Diary. So I came up with the title first and then the story, which includes some favorite tropes like Darcy and (spoiler alert) Heroine Loses Diary Containing Her Deepest Secrets. With such a beloved story that everyone knows, it’s fun (and a little terrifying) to put your own spin on it.
One of my favourite aspects of this book was the relationship between all the Cavendish siblings, you really managed the capture the joy of having sisters (and a brother) as well as the sheer hell of it. Is all from experience? And do you put as much thought into writing these familial relationships as much as the romantic ones?
Thank you! I was able to draw on some experience for the Cavendish siblings—I have two sisters and a ton of cousins my age, and we’re all pretty close, so I’ve seen siblings together at their best and worst. But I also thought of all my favorite Regency families when writing and what about their dynamic I loved as a reader/human and it was, as you say, capturing both the joy and exasperation and total love even when your sister is totally annoying you. And I definitely thought a lot about the familial relationships when writing. Bridget and Amelia are the youngest and close in age, so they banter/bicker a bit. Claire is the eldest, so is a little more responsible—or at least aware that she has to set an example. And James, the duke, is the big brother who feels protective of his sisters. I’m very excited to write all their stories—Lady Amelia is up next!
Give us three good reasons to pick up your new book Lady Bridget’s Diary!
Because Lady Bridget is the kind of heroine who maintains a sense of humor even when falling flat on her back in the middle of a ballroom.
Because Darcy. In a wet shirt. Twice.
Because you will totally want to join the Cavendish family after you meet them.
How did you decide which familiar scenes to use from P&P and BJD for this book?
Some are crucial for the plot—like when Bridget overhears Darcy speaking ill of her, or his bad proposal—so those had to be included for the story to work. Others, like Bridget and Darcy falling in the lake when boating were a mash up of scenes from Bridget Jones’s Diary and the BBC P&P miniseries, were included because they were funny or iconic. Whatever fit the story I was writing made it in!
Who is your favourite on screen Mr Darcy?
I believe there is only one acceptable answer to this question, and it is Colin Firth.
If you could pick two of your characters to ask to be scribbled into your dance card for a waltz, who would they be and why?
Hhhmm…I think my Duke of Ashbrooke (The Wicked Wallflower) or Lord Roxbury (A Tale of Two Lovers) because they would be good at it and have fun with it. Sorry, I can’t pick Darcy since he hates to dance!
You can read an excerpt of Lady Bridget’s Diary on my website!
by Maya Rodale
Released: February 23rd 2016
Series: Cavendish #1
Published by Avon
In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .
Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.
Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.
It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.