So my dad has just had his first book published called Mrs. Darcy versus the Aliens, so I decided to interview him during his month-long blog tour. We debate the finer points of alien cooking, or cooking aliens, however you want to look at it…
Tell me a little bit about your book.
It’s a sequel to “Pride and Prejudice”. With aliens. That do? So where’s the cake? I was told there’d be cake…
How did you come up with the idea?
I was talking to a fellow writer a few years back about another book I’d read (“Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”) and we decided it was basically a Regency novel with wizards. From there it was a very small step to thinking up a Regency novel with aliens. Now can I have some cake?
Did you have a particular snack or food that you ate when you were writing?
You’re checking up on me, aren’t you? No. Nothing at all. Definitely not. Not even cake. Although some cake would be very nice now…
What’s your favourite type of cake?
AT LAST! THE CAKE QUESTION! Actually I like all types of cake. What have you got?
What do you think Mrs Darcy’s would be?
To hell with Mrs Darcy, WHERE’S MY CAKE? I WANT CAKE!
There are aliens in your book. What do you think they would taste like?
Probably chicken. Most things taste like chicken. Maybe with a hint of squid. So there’s no cake. That’s what you’re trying to tell me, isn’t it?
I bet they’d be good battered and deep-fried with some sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Actually, most things are good battered and deep-fried with some sweet chilli dipping sauce. Especially cake. Which reminds me…
Boring details about the book: The web site is here. The Wickhampedia is here. And there are some trailers here. You can buy it from all good bookshops (especially WHSmith, where it’s on promotion) and all the usual online places, including the Jane Austen Centre Online Giftshop, where they have signed copies.