Welcome, Marilyn!

So now without further ado….

Marilyn Brant

MBA&M: Good morning, Marilyn, please give our readers some insight into the working of a writer’s mind and a few details about yourself?
Marilyn: First of all, thank you so much for inviting me here today, April, and many thanks to everyone at MBA&M for allowing me to visit! As for details about my writing style and background, I’ve always been a bookworm and Jane Austen has been my favorite author since I was 14. Her novels influenced me greatly when I was in high school and college, and when I finally started writing my own fiction, my hope was that I’d be able to craft characters someday who were as real to readers as Austen’s heroes/heroines were to me. I currently have seven novels available, with a new one coming out this fall, and two of my books (my debut novel According to Jane and my most recent novel Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match) have obvious nods to Jane Austen, but a familiarity with her work isn’t necessary in order to read mine. I live in the northern Chicago suburbs with my husband and our son. I love, love, love travel and music and ice cream. And really all kinds of chocolate!
Holiday ManMBA&M: Give us three words, you would us to describe your contemporary romance, Pride,Prejudice and the Perfect Match?
Marilyn: Humorous, fast-paced, and emotional 🙂.
MBA&M: Which character was the most challening to write and why?
Marilyn: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is about Beth Ann Bennet, an aspiring social worker and struggling single mom, who uses an Internet dating site in order to do research on stereotypes. The guy she meets online is a doctor by the name of Will Darcy, who has his own ulterior motives for having a “Love Match” profile… So, neither of these characters are being particularly truthful with each other at the beginning of the story, although they both have good motives and manage to convince themselves that the ends will justify the means. Because they were each wrestling with a moral dilemma, however, it was challenging to write both of their characters (how was I going to get them to justify their actions?!) but, at the same time, that’s what made it so interesting to be deeply in their points of view. They were both simultaneously difficult and endearing to me.
MBA&M: Will you release more books in 2013, if so, how many and do you have any tentative titles you wish to share?
Marilyn: Yes!! My next release is coming out in early October — it’s a coming-of-age romantic mystery called The Road to You. It’s about a teen girl who finds the journal of her missing brother. He and his best friend had disappeared two years before and were both presumed dead. But, once she reads the journal, she realizes there are clues hidden within its pages, so she convinces the best friend’s brother — a guy she’s always been drawn to, even against her better judgment — to go on a road trip with her to try to find answers… I’m also working on a romantic novella project (no title yet!) and the sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (which will be Bingley and Jane’s story), and both of those are tentatively planned for release in 2014.
MBA&M: Do you think you would like to write for instance Paranormal Romance or Science Fiction novels in the future?
Marilyn: Actually, my debut novel — According to Jane — has a strong paranormal element since one of the characters is the ghost of Jane Austen! It was considered by many to be a paranormal/fantasy novel, as well as a contemporary new adult/romantic women’s fiction story. (It crossed A LOT of genre lines, LOL.) And, yes, I would love to write another book with a paranormal thread again. As for science fiction, I devoured the Douglas Adams books as a teen, so funny sci-fi novels are another favorite type of genre for me to read, although I have yet to try to write one…someday!!
MBA&M: Who are some of your favorite authors to read?
Marilyn: Aside from Jane Austen, I also love E.M. Forster (especially A Room with a View), Elizabeth Berg, Sue Miller, Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve (all stellar women’s fiction writers), Kristan Higgins and Susan Elizabeth Phillips (in contemporary romance), and, as I said above, I’ll always be a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams (humorous sci-fi) and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (historical YA). So many of my friends are writers, too, that I could list paragraphs of other fabulous authors. If I started doing that, I’d never be able to narrow it down! There’s just not enough time for all the stories I want to read…
MBA&M: Now, let’s play the name game, shall we? I will give a couple of words,you say the first thing that comes to mind:

Kindle or Nook? Kindle — I love my Kindle Fire!!

Person or Place? Person(s) — my hubby and our son.

Contemporary or Historical?
Both!! — I consider reading to be like mental time-travel, whether I’m only going back as far as the 1980s or all the way back to Regency England. I love getting to live in different time periods through literature.
Romance or Fiction? Romance — thinking now of all of my favorite romantic movies, like “Before Sunrise,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “When Harry Met Sally…”

MBA&M: Last but in no ways least, please tell our readers how they may connect with you and where they may purchase Holiday Man

Pride,Prejudice and the Perfect Match?

Marilyn: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is available in ebook and paperback, and it can be found at

& more!

As for me, I’m at a bunch of places online, too — my website, blog, FB page, Twitter and Goodreads — and I’d love for you to join me anywhere!! Here are the direct links and, again, many thanks for having me here today :).

Website: http://www.marilynbrant.com
Blog/“Brant Flakes”: http://marilynbrant.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marilyn.brant
Twitter: http://twitter.com/marilynbrant
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2978367.Marilyn_Brant

Thank you, Marilyn for stopping by today!



Ebook Original & Print
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-0-9893-1601-9



Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes. Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet. Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.


A bit more about the author:

Marilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the “Happily Ever After” (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman’s journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt’s Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in “Fiction & Literature” in 2012), all women’s fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She’s also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. Both ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel and HOLIDAY MAN was a RONE Award Contestant. Her next novel, THE ROAD TO YOU, is a coming-of-age romantic mystery and will be out in October 2013.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since — including the Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice, the Booksellers’ Best and the Aspen Gold.

Visit her website: http://www.marilynbrant.com



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  1. My absolute favorite genre is historical romance, with the subcategory of Regency at the top of the list. However, I do like to mix things up, so I change my reading selection to contemporary or paranormal romance every now and then.

    1. I'm a big fan of Regency stories, too!! I think, because I love the work of Jane Austen so much, that time period really captured my imagination ;).

  2. I don't think I would have always said that regency fiction is my favorite. However, I find myself reading almost exclusively regency fiction! I blame all of these P&P variations! dermodymm at gmail dot com.

    Also can't wait to read the book. I had the opportunity to hear Marilyn speak at Printers Row two summer's ago and it was awesome!!

    1. Oh, my goodness, Maggie! Were you at Printers Row?! Thank you SO MUCH for coming (especially on such a hot day!) — it was a lot of fun getting to be there for the first time and a very memorable event for me ;). Thank you for taking the time to stop by here, too!!

  3. I prefer historical romances, with a preference for regencies. I've thought about it, and I think there are two reasons for my preference. First, I adore the manners,mores, and dialogue of regencies. Second, the sensual side is often so sweet, even innocent. Holding hands or a single kiss can be so world-altering for a gently bred miss! I do read a contemporary now and then, and this book sounds great. I will tell my daughter about it……she has a vast collection of Austenalia and this will be a must for her library.

    1. Edea,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romances, and I can totally understand your love of the manners/dialogue/etc. of those Regencies. I love them, too! I've written a few books that have a much steamier side to them ('According to Jane,' for instance — *very* adult!), but I will say that 'Perfect Match' is my sweetest/most PG-rated romance. Even though it's a contemporary, I didn't feel this particular story lent itself to hotter scenes. I wanted the passion to simmer…to be more understated :). And how wonderful that your daughter enjoys reading Austen-inspired stories as well!! I really hope she'll like this one!

  4. I love both!!! If it's a good book, it can be contemporary or recency. The interview was great. Would love to win. Please enter me in the giveaway.

      1. Barbara,
        Thanks — I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview!! It was fun to write, and I'm so grateful to April for inviting me to be here today! Like many people have mentioned already, I think there's a lot to appreciate about both contemporary and historical/Regency stories. It's just as you said, "If it's a good book…" 🙂

  5. Contemporary or Historical? Both!!

    Yes! Thank you for saying that, because I would have struggled to pick only one. I think the principles that JA described are timeless.

    ~ junewilliams7 {at} yahoo {dot} com

    1. June,
      I agree with you 100%+ when it comes to Jane Austen's principles/themes/everything being timeless!
      SO VERY TRUE!!!
      And thanks for stopping by ;).

  6. I love both Regency and Contemporary but I think Regency would win by a hair.

    Thanks for the lovely interview and can't wait until your next release. October you say? Then that will be a perfect birthday present for myself!!

    Liz – csuexc(at)aol(dot)com

    1. Oh, Liz, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on genres and for being so enthusiastic about my upcoming release — you made my night!! BTW, a couple of my dearest friends have October birthdays, so I always think of it as an especially wonderful month for celebrations :).

  7. Oh what a creative spin on writing this story! I love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Thank you so much for saying so, Lorelei!! The timelessness and universality of Austen themes make it easy to adapt them to many modern situations…so Jane should really get the most credit :). I had a lot of fun writing this book, though, and hope it'll be one you might enjoy!

  8. Sounds like a very very fun read. I'm more of a historical romance fan, mainly for the reasons Edea Baldwin has already mentioned, but I'm ready to be won over 🙂 This book sounds fantastic, the very idea of Lady Catherine running a lonely hearts website just cracked me up! Thanks, Marilyn, for a very tempting story and for the chance to win. All the best!

    1. Joana,
      Thank you! And I'm so glad you got a chuckled out of the idea of Lady Catherine's Love Match Website!! I'll admit, although Lady C. herself doesn't make an appearance, I very much enjoyed imagining her behind the site's search engine ;). All the best to you, too!

  9. I love both actually. I usually rotate and read Regency romance then go back to modern fiction. Sometimes I do two modern before going back to Regency period because I'm not inspired to read about the past yet.

    evangelineace2020 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. I know what you mean, Luthien…there are times when I want to stay longer in a certain time period (sometimes Regency, sometimes, the 1920s, sometimes the awesome '80s, etc. 😉 and it takes me a while to get pulled into a different era.
      BTW, very glad to see you here! Thanks for visiting me today!!

  10. I'm a contemporary romance lover, that's what I mostly read. BUT I am now getting into the Regency/ historical romance in a way to expand my reading experience.
    my email is: loreleislitlair (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Lorelei,
      That's wonderful that you're branching out into the historical genre a bit — there are so many fabulous stories set in the Regency, as well as other time periods! I'll always love contemporary romances, though, too… I can never get enough of modern love stories ;).

  11. Regency fiction, of course! I'm discovering so many new writers through the common love of Austen.

  12. Emily,
    That’s something I’ve really appreciated about the fans of Austen, too! Almost everyone I’ve met who reads and loves JA *also* reads and loves a wide variety of literature, and I’ve been introduced to a bunch of wonderful authors as a result :).

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