Welcome to the blog…Kathryn L Nelson

Today I am delighted to welcome author, Kathryn L Nelson
Her book Pemberley Manor, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice releases next week from Sourcebooks.



Pemberley Manor by Kathryn L Nelson


PemberleyManor_QC.inddJane Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet has an innate faith in her own judgment, and is not easily swayed by facts that contradict her beliefs. Fitzwilliam Darcy is equally, if not more, sure of himself. Both are prone to leap to conclusions, but only Elizabeth has the ability to laugh at herself. Drawn together by a passion that overrides logic, it is certain that sparks must fly during their first tumultuous year of marriage, as the rough edges are worn off of these two flinty lovers.


Kathy Perschmann at Armchair Interviews writes: “Nelson has created an excellent back-story for Darcy, and re-creates the feel of Jane Austen’s witty dialogue and deep characters with great success. If you love Austen, you will most certainly love this story!”


Thanks for inviting me to appear as a guest on your blog. I’m on an adventure this month as Pemberley Manor finds its new home at Sourcebooks and on bookstore shelves. It’s great fun to think back over the journey – three years in the writing, five years of hiding under the bed, the discovery of the genre of Jane Austen sequels that led me to friendships with Diana Birchall and Jane Odiwe and an initial publication by Egerton House. The book’s journey started in 1995 with the BBC/A&E miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, but I’ve imagined myself to be a writer since I was very young, even failing any evidence to support the theory.


A love of sarcasm, the appreciation of a snappy wit, those come directly from my mother. But the traits that drive me to write stories come from my father: raging curiosity and an analytical temperament. Every complex personality that I come in contact with stirs up a craving to understand. What are the forces in a person’s life that drive them in a certain direction? How do the genetic streams flow together to create something new? What allows us to finally understand our own motives and blind spots?


Jane Austen’s characters, especially Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, are irresistible to me as well as to others. For some of the hundred or more authors who have written sequels to her books, there’s a longing to spend more time, go forward in the lives of these characters. For others it’s a burning urge to delve into the secrets of their sex lives, forbidden as that topic was in the original works. For me, it means trying to understand what created a man like Fitzwilliam Darcy. He is abrupt, and self-absorbed; his arrogance leads him to suppose that Elizabeth will accept his hand in marriage even as he is maligning her entire family and admitting that he separated his friend Bingley from Elizabeth’s sister, Jane.


Fitzwilliam Darcy stands by his principles, even when they interfere with his passion, solid as a rock, until, in the flutter of lashes of a pair of very fine eyes, he throws over his best judgment and pursues a path of social ruin. Interesting. And Elizabeth Bennet, equally sure of herself, holds strong to her own righteous indignation just up until the moment when she catches a glimpse of his fine estate. Hmmm.


And so, after reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice several times, and watching the mini-series until the tape turned fuzzy, I set out on a journey to uncover the key to Darcy’s past, and to imagine how it would impinge on his future. How would Elizabeth’s stubborn and witty optimism fit into his world at Pemberley? And when might the two of them begin to really understand each other, and themselves?


I’m sure Miss Austen meant for us to think about that question and come to our own conclusions. In fact, I’m sure she is stirring up the waters around Pemberley’s trout stream, amusing herself with the struggles of writers trying to catch her wit and her elegance. Let the sequels continue, each following their own path, until Jane herself is satisfied that we’ve understood it all. What do you think?


Thanks Kathryn for being my guest!


Readers, you can learn more about Kathryn and her books by visiting: http://www.klnelson.net


So, what do you think of Jane Austen sequels?


Kathryn also made me wonder about your favorite couples in general…do you ever wonder what happens to your favorite characters beyond the last page?  Ever make up your own “sequel” to a favorite romance?


12 Responses to Welcome to the blog…Kathryn L Nelson

  1. blodeuedd says:

    I love Jane Austen sequels even though I haven’t read a single one yet. It’s on my list.

    I guess i will love to know what happened after Daniel Deronda sailed away with his girl. And how everything worked out in Persuasion 🙂

  2. Thanks for entertaining my “random musings,” Jennifer. I look forward to hearing more from your readers.

  3. Helen says:

    I am going to put my hand up here and say that I haven’t read any of Jane Austens books I know I should, I have loved the movies that I have seen of her books and this sequel sounds fantastic. I like the idea of getting into Darcy’s head and going further with their romance, I will be adding this book to my must get list.

    Have Fun

  4. Fedora says:

    I haven’t read any Jane Austen sequels yet, but I’m curious to. And I always enjoy stories that give me some of the scoop of after the HEA–it’s part of the reason I tend to enjoy a series of books that have interconnections or all take place in a single location. I get a peek at some of the other couples and what’s happened after 🙂

  5. Donna L says:

    The answer to the questions, yes and yes. Many times after I have finished a book, I’ve sat there wondering the what ifs, it’s fun to do. The what ifs lead to the “sequels”, I’m usually the one starring, hehehe 😀 . I’m sure there are a lot others out there that do the same. That’s one of the fun things about reading, your in charge.

  6. Welcome to the club and thanks for your comments – I have to say that I never read a sequel until I wrote one! Now I’m taking a look at a lot of them, and having fun comparing the way that other minds veer off in different directions from the same starting point.

  7. Lynda says:

    I could copy Donna L’s post. I agree with every single word she said!

  8. I highly recommend fantasizing. It’s free, it’s fun, and if you write it down it might become a book!

  9. Lois says:

    I love the sequels and alternate tellings and whatever else there is. Sure, an individual book might not to be my liking, but just the idea that we can have more of the characters we already like or get an idea of what they are thinking (especially the heroes!), is always a great thing.


  10. Caffey says:

    I love to find these Pride & Prejudice or any of Jane Austen’s ‘follow up books’ Since she didn’t write them, we get the joy of authors who bring us more of Darcy and Elizabeth!!! I decided recently to re-read P&P soon because I’ve seen some ‘sequels’ and its been too long since I read P&P and I bet I’ll remember so much more reading it again (its been since HS!!).

    I’ve watched the P&P movie from 1940 with Oliver Lawrence and loved it!! Sadly the A&E one with Colin Firth is not closed captioned (or subtitled) and I’m deaf. So I’ve been unable to share in the joy of that one (I wrote them, they will not caption it) but heard so many wonderful things about it! I have the one with Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen to watch from 2005 (finally have a new DVD). I actually only watch mostly historical movies, and I don’t watch much movies at all. So I love when someone recommended the one from 1940 because I finally got to watch a movie of it! I love historical movie recommendations!

    Kathryn, I’m totally thrilled about your book! Its going to my wishlist for sure! Sounds so beautiful!

  11. Caffey says:

    I was chatting alot and misunderstood and thought Kathryn was here too. I shall visit her site.

    I do think about the characters after a book. That’s one reason why I love the series that like Jillian Hunter wrote of the Bocastle family because each book we got a glimpse of the previous characters and I felt like I could say hello again. And a series give me more of a relief that I got to see more from the other books. Sometimes I wish I wait til the series is all out because its hard waiting for the next book in the series, LOL.

    A h/h that I actually thought alot about after I read the book and every now and then when I talk about it, is James and Annie from ANNIE’S SONG by Catherine Anderson. I wished just even more set there and could ‘wave’ to them, but no other books related to it. So I’ve done this often!

  12. Hi Caffey, I’ve just been dropping in and out as I’m doing some other writing today. It was great to hear from you and I hope you enjoy the book. I’m sorry about the BBC series – I really did enjoy it, and they stayed very true to the dialogue in the book.

    (My grandpa used to call me Laffy Caffy, by the way)

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