Thursday, December 09, 2010

Guest Post: Enid Wilson

My obsession for Mr. Darcy

I am obsessed with Mr. Darcy. Guilty as charged!

 According to the Longman dictionary, obsession is defined as a fixed idea from which the mind cannot be freed. From the Internet, there are some alarming definitions. From the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, an obsession is an unwelcome, uncontrollable, and persistent idea, thought, image, or emotion that a person cannot help thinking even though it creates significant distress or anxiety.

When Helen agreed to host my latest book tour, she wanted to know how I came up with so many what if Pride and Prejudice stories. I can assure you that Jane Austen’s beloved characters do not cause me any distress. Far from it. In fact, I’ve found a new world of fellow writers and fans who share my love of JA’s works.

I’ve written what-if stories in many different genres. For example,
Mars vs. Earth – A Martian Mr. Darcy who found love with an earthling Elizabeth Bennet
Every Savage Can Reproduce – Pride and Prejudice set in 3919 under the oppressive rule of Queen Immortal Catherine de Bourgh

Sketching His Character – With the help of a crystal, Elizabeth could see into the future
Leather Kilt and Red Coat – A cross-over of Pride and Prejudice and Mulan

Under Duress – Mr. Darcy is an industrial designer, inventing naughty products for women
Chemical Reaction – Mr. Darcy as a nutty professor

I post my stories in serialized format on my website and readers’ comments often help me develop the stories further.

 For example, my new book Fire and Cross: Pride and Prejudice with a mysterious twist was originally a short story of 3000 words. But after I posted it online, with the lovely feedbacks from readers, I developed the plot further. After six long months and many comments, Fire and Cross became my first mystery novel of about 70,000 words.

I declare that my obsession for Mr. Darcy only comes in small dose, and usually fed by readers from around the world! I hope you will share my fascination. To encourage you down this path of enjoyment, I’m giving out a pdf version of Fire and Cross and a lovely key ring with Aboriginal design to a lucky reader here.

Please comment below, head over to and register for news. Be warned, the book contains explicit adult content so the competition is for people over 18 years of age.

About Fire and Cross
The combination of a lethal blaze and a garnet cross have ensured that ever since he was a boy, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s future is promised to an unknown lady. With danger looming from a suspected spy, and with murder close at hand, will Mr. Darcy cross paths with Elizabeth Bennet and win her affections?

Mr. Darcy’s journey to overcome his pride and find eternal love in Pride and Prejudice takes on a mysterious twist. This sexy what-if story, told from Darcy’s viewpoint, explores the demands of family members and other involved parties.

Fire and Cross takes this perennial favorite in another direction, bursting with overpowering emotion and surprising plot twists. Warning: The book contains explicit adult content.

Fire and Cross Details:
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Steamy D Publishing (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0980610575
ISBN-13: 978-0980610574
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
Available on Amazon

Thank you, Enid!

Leave a question or comment for Enid. She’ll be stopping by over the day. If you like, tell us about your own obsession.

After you say hi to Enid, zip over to The Blood-Red Pencil where I’m talking about establishing mood in your story.


  1. Nothing wrong with an obsession! It's not a negative - it's our soul on fire.

  2. Mr. Darcy as an alien? I approve!

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  4. There's no telling where she'll take Mr. Darcy next!

  5. I'll have to put my sister in law on Enid Wilson. She's obsessed about Mr. Darcy, too. Come to think about it, she likely is already Enid's fan! Sylvia Dickey Smith

    A War of Her Own

  6. @Helen, many thanks again for hosting me. @Diane, love your soul on fire. @Alex, you consider Martian as alien? Hehe, we may need a scientific debate on that. @Sylvia, perhaps your sister-in-law writes about Mr. Darcy too.

  7. Those were awesome Mr. Darcy characters! Obsession can be good or bad.

  8. I love the way you've been able to put Mr. Darcy in different times and places..and genres! I think Austen would be flattered. :)

  9. Hi Helen .. and good to meet you Enid .. sounds like you definitely have an interesting premise here .. and I love your mix and match thoughts .. while the book sounds like a very good read .. Hilary

  10. Sounds like a lot of happy hours of Summer reading to be enjoyed in print and blog form.One for the beach, one for the overcast days; perfect.

  11. It's good to have an obsession. I probably have a couple myself.

    I like Enid's writing, and appreciate that Ms. Bennett has an important role in the stories too >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  12. If obsessions are mental disorders I am in trouble.

  13. I like the idea of using the same characters in so many different settings and genres!

  14. It's like having a series character who doesn't have to follow the rules!

  15. I'm a bit late but I did want to stop by and say hi to Enid and Helen.

    Enid, it looks like you stretched your obsession quite nicely. I would have never thought of Darcy and Sci-fi or fantasy.

    You certainly have a fertile imagination and a derring-do when it comes to trying out new things with old ideas. Good for you.

    Hope you can continue boldly going forth where no one has ventured before with Darcy. :-)

  16. Overslept and couldn't reply to all the lovely comments earlier. Many thanks. @Holly, I think most women agree that Mr. Darcy is very awesome. @Elizabeth, I hope so too, one day when I meet Miss Austen. @Hilary, mix and match is good for the brain, I think.

    @Sue, I should borrow your line to promote my books! @Cold, why are you interested in Mrs. Bennet? @Chris, LOL, I'm with you. @Laura, it's quite refreshing. @Sia, werewolf and vampire have been done too, hmm, need some plot bunnies...

  17. Your stories sound like so much fun. Poor Mr. Darcy seems able to get himself in trouble through all times and realities.

  18. It seems like your obsession with Mr. Darcy is paying off by providing fun reading for the rest of us as you place him in various occupations, situations and eras.

  19. Enid really does have a great imagination. I'm not sure I could take a character and put him/her in such different situations and times.

  20. Thanks Susan and Jane for dropping by, one of my goals in writing is to provide readers and myself fun.


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