INDIE JANE: You were working on an entirely different book in a different time period when you began work on Jane Austen and the Archangel. How’d that happen?
Pamela Aares: I was putting the finishing touches on a historical romance set in 1851 (The Lady and the Patriot coming out in July 2013), complete with loads of daring adventures around the globe, a hot, hunky American hero and feisty English heiress with a nose for natural history, when a flash of golden light kept appearing at the same time every day in my new home in the country.
My husband and I had just bought an old goat farm and had turned the pastures into an organic garden where my husband grows our food. But along with a garden in the country came septic tanks and wells and, well, letter carriers! I’d lived mostly in cities, so that was a new phenomenon, all of it was.
A couple of afternoons later, I discovered that the gold light I was seeing was flashing off our letter carrier’s windshield and into my house. Within minutes of this discovery, Michael, the Archangel who falls in love with Jane Austen, began telling his story. The rascal simply would not rest until their love story was told.
What’s ironic is that though Michael is a powerful archangel, he’s also a bad boy angel. The book opens with him working undercover as a letter carrier delivering letters to Jane’s cottage in Chawton. He waiting for orders for a top secret mission that he’s to lead, but while he waiting… well, I don’t want to spoil it. The book has twists and turns and some suspense.
INDIE JANE: I understand that you took some heat for your detouring to write this book.
Pamela: “Oh!” said the agent, “it’s not exactly not your brand…and well, it’s paranormal. “Oh!” said the friend, “an angel?” And so on. Well, I’d never thought of angels as paranormal, they had always been such a part of my imagination and life experience. I thought of vampires and such. And Archangel Michael does battle with the very real forces of evil and darkness, so there is that.
And it’s true, I ‘normally’ write historic and contemporary romantic adventures. But readers and writers understand—a story comes to life and often has a life and will of its own.
INDIE JANE: What surprised you about the book?
Pamela: With Michael and Jane’s story comes a wonderful sense of her having been loved and loving, deeply and fully before she died. Somehow it just feels so much better knowing this!
Another thing that surprised me was the key role that Pride and Prejudice played in the characterizations; I hadn’t expected it. And a truly delightful surprise was all the wonderful help from the Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton (I was determined to get the floor plan right!), the British Library and Janeites everywhere.
I’d love to hear from readers about stories that provided this sense of deep joy and happiness, of completion, of having been transported and transformed. And happy birthday, P and P! And, thanks for having me on Indie Jane.
Oh and Yes- we are giving away a free print copy of Jane Austen and the Archangel or an eBook copy, your choice!
Before becoming a romance author, Pamela produced and wrote award winning films and radio shows including Your Water, Your Life featuring actress Susan Sarandon and the NPR series New Voices. After producing The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination, she knew without a doubt that romance lives at the heart of the universe and powers the greatest stories of all.
Pamela holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. Her love of nature led to adventures scuba diving the coral reefs of Fiji, exploring the cliffs of Greece, sea kayaking the Rosario Straits and white water rafting the wild and scenic rivers of the west—and romance! Please visit her on the web at www.PamelaAares.com.
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