A new book from Melanie Schertz and a Giveaway

Recently we caught up with author Melanie Schertz to see what she was doing. We wanted to share what we learned, as well as give you an opportunity to win one of her books. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this post. For your enjoyment, here are the questions we asked Mel and her answers:

What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse?

My newest book is Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive but I have several other books on the back burner.

My muse…well, I have a very strange muse.  Sometimes I will see something that just sets off a strange and unique way to play with the story.  Sometimes, when I am writing, something will happen that just makes me go off in a wacky way. One of the most vivid of them was when I had learned the man who I had hired to remodel my kitchen had taken my money and didn’t do any of the work.  I had already hired someone else to remove the old kitchen, so you can imagine my frustration.  That was when I was writing Mystical, Magical Lizzy.  Needless to say, George Wickham ended up paying the price of what I would have liked to have happen to the man who ripped me off.  If you haven’t already read that story, the flooring breaks as Wickham is standing there, and he falls, with a beam coming up between his legs.  He dies later as a certain piece of his manhood became gangrene from the injury.

I must warn you, on this new story, I was watching politics while I was attempting to decide what to do with Mr. Collins and Wickham.  I was not nice to these two men, as they became my object to reflect my frustration.  My daughter tells me that you can tell by the sort of jewelry I make what I was watching on TV or listening to in music.  I believe it is true in my writing as well.  You can see when I am watching something whimsical or something serious. When I am listening to Pink, I feel really empowered.  Love her music.

 What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?

I have been writing off and on over my life. But I never thought I would ever publish a book.  In high school, I was dyslexic, but at that time, there was no knowledge of what that was.  I was just lazy.  I am 54 years old, and self-taught on how to read easier.

I post on my blog, Mel’s JAFF Stories and with DarcyandLizzy.com.

What first drew you to JAFF and how long have you been reading it?

I got really into JAFF in 2005, after seeing the Matthew Macfadyen movie.  Back then, if we had a new JAFF story a month it was a miracle.  I would check Amazon weekly.  In 2008, I lost my career, and had to begin a new chapter in life.  That is when I started trying to start a photography business.  In 2009-2010, my health went downhill and it wasn’t until 2011, when disabled and frustrated, I began really reading stories on A Happy Assembly and fanfiction.com.  To be honest, I have still don’t know why I began posting my first story but when I did, people actually liked it.  Originally, when I published my first books, it was so I would have copies for my family.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect them to sell. It wasn’t until after my first 2 books published in 2012 that I told my mother what I was doing, and we lived in the same house at the time.

Do you prefer Regency or Modern? Do you have any hobbies besides JAFF?

I have read a few of the modern versions, but for some reason, I have never been able to write a modern version.  Regency is my all-time fav for JAFF.  There is just something about the time that I am drawn to, even though it was not a kind time for women.  Maybe that is why most of my female characters are a bit more outspoken.

What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing? 

When researching, one of my all-time favorites is Wikipedia.  I have donated money to Wikipedia, as I appreciate their hard work. Another source is Jane Austen based websites which have great resources.  And I ask other JAFF authors.  There are a large group of us who are interconnected and we can go to the group and say “So, what do you think would have been the proper way of dealing with this at the time?” Everyone in the group are great about sharing the info.  Some of the most amazing authors I know I can turn to are Regina Jeffers, Sharon Lathan, Elizabeth Ann West, Joy King, April Floyd, Linda Thompson, Beverley Farr, and more.  And I have an “adopted” sister in England who is a Beta for me and gives me info on British ways in that time period (Thank you Kay Tanner).

Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your character or scenes?

As for people who have inspired traits in characters. I come from a long line of strong women.  My mom, my grandmothers, they were amazing, and I am so thankful for their impact on my life.  My daughter, Caitlin, had a great grandmother, Edith Beazer who became a grandmother to me and her caring, loving nature made a dramatic impact in my life.  She always called Cate her dancing brown-eyed doll, which became the title of my book A Pair of Dancing Brown Eyes, and has my daughter on the cover.  My father was an amazing man, and I learned a lot from life from him.  He would be behind my ideal Mr. Bennet or Uncle Gardiner.  Many of the characters have names from my family.  Helen, who I use for Mrs. Gardiner, was my dad’s mom.  When I use Edwin Gardiner, my great grandfather (my dad’s grandpa) is Edwin.

The dog, Sadie, in A Royal Bennet was based on my sweet service dog Darcy. He is on my lap in this GREAT photo of me (ha ha). However, if you insist on seeing my face, I have attached my most current picture.

 

 

 

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We at DarcyandLizzy.com hope you have enjoyed hearing from Melanie and learned something new. To celebrate her newest book now posting on our forum, Fitzwilliam Darcy – Fugitive, we are offering those of you who leave a comment here a chance to win one of two kindle e-books of any of her stories (including the new one). If you have trouble commenting here, please comment on the post for this blog on our facebook page.

The drawing will be held two weeks from today, the winner to be announced on the forum and the DarcyandLizzy.com facebook page. So please check these sites to see if you have won.

To get in on the drawing, click on comments beside Discussion directly under the title. It shows “no comments” until the first one is posted and then it will show the number of current comments. Good luck!

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43 Comments on "A new book from Melanie Schertz and a Giveaway"

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Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Thanks Melanie, and thanks to everyone who left such nice comments. The winners have been chosen and they are DARCYBENNET and LESLIE. Congratulations!

Melanie Schertz
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I thank everyone for all the kind words. July 4th marks 5 years since I first published, and I am so grateful for the amazing world that it has opened my life, bringing all of you to me. And Darcy and Lizzy (my dog and his cat, adopted together) say thank you, as they were adopted 2 days after my first royalty check. And they both fit their names.He is handsome, loving and caring to those he loves, and highly protective. She is impertinent, sassy, with fine eyes (and loves to get into mischief).

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Thanks again Melanie. We loved having you featured on the blog and appreciate all of the support you give to the forum by sharing your stories. Jen Red

Maclaney
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This story held my attention with the new variations to the plot. Thank you.

Melanie Rachel
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Great post–I would love to be entered in the drawing. Congrats on your new release, Melanie!

Elaine Owen
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This is absolutely hilarious! I loved how you devised Wickham’s ending, and I share your frustration over the election! Good stress relief.

bludpoison
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I like all Melanie’s book. And this is a very entertained interview. Thank you for this interview and for the give away

Pam Hunter
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Great interview! Congrats on the new book, Melanie! Thanks for the giveaway, too!

tgruy
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I like Melanie’s stories very much. I have several of them and I’m looking forward to get this one as soon as I’m able. I hope I get lucky! Thank you for sharing your stories and for this great giveaway!

Janet Foster
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I enjoy Melanie’s stories. I have read all of her stories and find that her writing has greatly improved over time. I am glad that your muse gives you unique ideas for our favorite couple. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Everyone! Your comments for Melanie are so awesome. Thanks for showing your support. The contest for two of Melanie’s eBooks will end on May 15 so be sure to check back and find out who the winners are. Jen Red

brandi
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thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life. I hope your health is improving. I enjoy reading your stories, they are always enjoyable. thank you for bringing joy to allof us readers.

TLeighF
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Thanks for sharing with us details about you (and your adorable dog). I always enjoy your stories and your newest one has me drawn in already. Good luck with the release!

DarcyBennett
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Great interview. I always enjoy learning more about what inspires authors to write. Thanks so much for sharing your stories on this forum, I look forward to reading your next release soon!

JanisB
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A very informative interview! I do so enjoy learning about the people behind the authors’ names. As much as I enjoy reading your stories.

Kim
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I have loved all of Melanie’s stories. They always have a second little twist to them. Thanks so much to sharing your talent with all of us.

Leslie
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I am new to ”tis blog and thus author. I am so very excited to have found you and can’t wait to read more JAFF.

Dorothee
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I´ve read all your books so far and I love that usually Darcy and Lizzy find their way together early on. I do hope such is the case in this one, too. Btw, is your family´s origin German?

Melanie Schertz
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Swiss, though the area they originated from switched between Switzerland, Germany, and is now part of France.

Connie Jack
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I am fairly new on this site, but am certainly looking forward to reading your book Melanie.

Alexandra Solano
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Thanks for the creative writing you share with us. I can’t wait to read this new story.

Mary Olson
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Melanie,

I have enjoyed your stories so much! Your latest one on the Darcy and Lizzy forum is so captivating! Your muse sounds like an interesting one…

Joy (Molson)
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Melanie,

Love your stories! Your forays into your muse were quite interesting. So glad you posted your newest story on the Darcy&Lizzie Forum! Can’t wait to read your ensuing chapters.

Joy (Molson)

Betty Jo
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I have loved all of your stories, Melanie! I’m curious to see how you resolve your latest one. This Wickham deserves to be punished for his crime of murder as well as for falsely accusing Darcy of the crime.

Leah Pruett
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interesting idea! Can’t wait to read it.

Maureen
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Melanie, loved how your ideas come to you when writing a story. I wish mine were as interesting, but they are not, it is usually as I am falling asleep an idea assaults my brain, or if I wake during the night. I am enjoying your latest story and look forward to the next chapter. Your villains are most definitely villainous, and deserve what they get. *LOL* Hang, draw and quarter the lot of them I say. Hmmm perhaps not, if you’ve ever seen a 1684 engraving of the H D & Q of Sir Thomas Armstrong. Pretty gruesome. Keep… Read more »
KateB
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Thanks Melanie and Brenda for the great interview. Now I know all the imaginative deaths for your villains ( and they are some of the most evil I’ve seen in JAFF ) come from watching too much TV.
I always liked the cover for A Pair of Dancing Brown Eyes, I didn’t know it was your daughter.
Looking forward to reading a new chapter this week.

Lisa Hatfield
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Such a refreshingly, original story….poor Darcy, his father believed that he would defile and murder a servant based solely on Wickham’s word!! The story has me hooked!!! Very innovative, well-written, fast-paced excellent story!!!

Arkansas Austen Fan
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So good to meet you Melanie. I loved Darcy’s Continental Journey and Master Elizabeth Bennet. They were really original ideas and such fun to read. Best wishes for your success with Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive.

Elissa Berg
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I love reading your stories. I go back to them often depending on where I am at. I love the strength of your characters. Two of my favorites are Pemberley Quaking and The Ashes of Longbourn. I am always excited to see a new story from you. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

Susan Brewer
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My favorite books that you have written are My Beloved Betrothed and Darcy’s Continental Escape because of the exciting adventure and angst. I am eagerly looking forward to read your new book as I am sure there will be more problems for our darling couple to overcome!

Lis
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You’re very talented, Melanie, and having read all your books, I’m so impressed that you keep coming up with even more variations. Whatever clicks with your muse is definitely spot on – I think I going to have to read Mystical, Magical Lizzy again now I know what caused Wickham’s fatal injury (hehe).

Lynn Bischoff
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I enjoy Melanie’s books and look forward to reading this new one.

Lory Lilian
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Congratulation for your new book, Melanie! xeQmJ

Carmalee
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What an interesting interview..Melanie always writes such interesting villains and plots. we never know what to expect and that I love.

Melanie Schertz
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One of these days we will get to meet in person, since you live so close.

Linda A.
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I admire your creativity. Keep writing cuz I want to keep reading them!

Vesper Meikle
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Must read the book about Wickham and the wooden floor beam

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Melanie, I absolutely love the new story you are working on and can’t wait to find out what mischief you are planning for Darcy and Lizzy. I had to chuckle when I read how you love to take out your frustrations on characters like George Wickham. Your dog, Sadie, is beautiful and I love it when authors feature loved animals and children in their books, even if it just a cameo appearance. As always, thanks for sharing your stories with us here on Darcy and Lizzy and keep up your writing. Your muse is awesome! Jen Red

Brenda W. Bigbee
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I hope you will follow my lead and leave a comment here to win!

Dianne
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I’m amazed at the variety of your stories Melanie but I think that one of my favourites is “A Stitch of Life” which I purchased some time ago although this book is also very different from all other D&E books I’ve read.

KateB
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Join I love ‘A Stich of Life’, too. My other favorite is ‘Saving Elizabeth Bennet’. the discussion

Melanie Schertz
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That was my very first that I posted and published. It launched me into a world that I have thoroughly enjoyed, bringing so many wonderful people into my life.

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