Snark and Circumstance- Stephanie Wardrop
I’m thrilled to be part of the Snark and Circumstance blog tour. Be sure to check our my exclusive interview with author Stephanie Wardrop below my review.
I love Jane Austen. I had all of her works by the time I was 16 and have been a constant fan ever since. When the chance to read Snark and Circumstance popped up, I knew it would be a good fit for me. I love Wardrop’s fresh take on Austen and while I was frustrated that I will have to wait a bit for the next installment, I actually do appreciate the series aspect. To explain—-the book is being released as a serial ala Jane Austen style. I love this return to the way these books were originally released. Now let’s get down to business: the story itself. I love the snark aspect- Georgia is a clever, witty, strong leading lady. The high school setting is a perfect modern translation to Austen’s world and Georgia and Michael while different from their Austen models hearken back to their predecessors just enough to keep the symmetry. Georgia feels more like an outsider than I think Elizabeth Bennett did but those changes make the story even more interesting. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and this is a series I am going to continue to read. My only complaint is that I want the next book sooner!
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Our Interview with Stephanie Wardrop:
1. What inspired your retelling of a Jane Austen classic? Why tackle such a beloved book?
You’d think it would be audacity, but it was really insecurity that motivated me. After years of grad school and teaching, I wanted to get back to writing fiction and was really rusty. What better model than Jane Austen?
2. HS and suburbia seem to translate really well to the societal hierarchy and social commentary that Austen is known for. Tell us a little bit about how you make that setting work for you and what commentary on high school you’d like your reader to walk away thinking about.
The biggest thing I want Georgia to learn is what the reader should consider, I guess. We’re all human, we all have our perspectives on things, and if we take time to see someone else’s view, what motivates them, it usually benefits us.
Wow. That sounded so preachy! Not my intention. Maybe the lesson is if you’re going to laugh at others, you have to laugh at yourself first. And through Georgia I’m kind of laughing at myself. And laughter is the key to surviving high school.
3. Your leading lady, Georgia Barrett, is quite snarky, which I love, where did the idea for her come from and who do you see when you think of her?
I picture her as tall and thin, gangely even, with dark hair and eyes. She came from my own discomfort at moving (as a grown up) to a preppie New England town quite unlike where I grew up and feeling that sooner or later someone was going to ask to see my membership card. And I wouldn’t have one to produce. Georgia keeps insecurity at bay through snark — I hid out and wrote a book :)
4. As far as modern Darcy like boys go, Michael Endicott is pretty close to perfect, but just like Darcy it’s hard to read his motivations. Can you give us a glimpse under the surface?
Michael is not nearly as confident as he looks, though I have to say his parents did a good job with him. He’s very well adjusted except for some minor OCD. But impatient with people and he can appear cold and aloof when he just doesn’t know what to say.
5. What is your writing process like? Are a (fly by your seat) Pantser or a (outline outline outline) Plotter? Do you have any requirements when you are writing? Snark was different be because I already had the structure , but in some ways that made it harder. I had to give myself permission to jump off the P&P rails at some points. Other times I just have an idea of a scene or a conversation between two people I don’t know yet and I just try to get it all down before I forget. Then for two days I am ecstatic; two days later I read it and decide it sucks! Then the work of fleshing it out and deciding what to do with it begins. I think for every book any writer’s produced, they probably have at least another whole book’s worth of unusable material — at least I do.
6. If Snark and Circumstance had a theme song what would it be?
Depends on the book, but Book Four is Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and not just because he has serious vegan cred.
7. Snark and Circumstance is a series. Did you approach writing it differently? What can we expect next and when?
Book two comes out in May and I can’t tell you how happy I was when someone said “I can’t wait that long!”. Originally it was a standalone novel but Mandy at Swoon had the idea to turn it into a four novella series— which is so Jane Austen! (Her books came out in threes or Tripledeckers”). It’s been a challenge to make each installment work on its own but I’m learning a lot in the process.
8. Free share— tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. This will freak out some people who know me but don’t know this. When I was in grad school, I had an acquaintance whose mom, unbeknownst to me, was a famous British psychic, apparently. I met her at a party and we talked about Tess of the Durbervilles. The next day someone told me that she asked her daughter if — I’m paraphrasing here — I knew I had it. So some psychic thinks I am psychic. I sometimes know things that are about to happen, unexpected things, but nothing useful yet, like picking Lotto numbers.
Thank you to Stephanie Wardrop and Swoon Romance for the interview and the opportunity to review this awesome new book!
e-ARC provided gratis by Swoon Romance.