Author Barbara Tiller Cole
Emma: It is my pleasure to be here in
Atlanta and welcome Barbara Tiller Cole to this special feature of
DarcyholicMatch.com. As the star
of her upcoming book, Adventures of a Darcyholic, I am thrilled to be
able to visit with her today.
A Special Post for Austenesque Extravaganza
BTCole: Emma, you are not the star of the
book. Will Darcy and Elizabeth
Bennet are the main characters.
Emma: Barbara, am I or am I not the group
leader of the Fan Fiction Anonymous meeting where your Will and Elizabeth meet
for the first time?
BTCole: Well, yes, but…
Emma: Am I not the matchmaker that is behind
the match and assists in forwarding it?
BTCole: Well, yes, but…
Emma: Would they have gotten together if
not for me?
BTCole: Emma, Stop! You are supposed to be a recovering matchmaker! Now you know
Emma: But don’t you know that I relapsed only
to assist YOUR characters?
BTCole: And when did you happen to launch
DarcyholicMatch.com? Was it DURING
your relapse? Or, are you still IN
relapse, back into your matchmaking ways?
Emma: Well, perhaps I have relapsed but I am
so happily matched myself I have no cause to repine.
BTCole: Where is Richard tonight anyway?
Emma: Oh, he is consulting the writers of
NCIS on their latest season. The former
Captain Richard Fitzwilliam went on to work with NCIS
after leading his own SEAL team doing covert ops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BTCole: What does Richard think about your new
matchmaking service, Emma?
Emma: Oh, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him
I always say.
BTCole: He doesn’t know?
WDarcy: What doesn’t my cousin know, Emma? Are you back in the matching making
business? Haven’t you learned by now…
Emma: Now Will Darcy! After being so successfully matched how
can you say such a thing! I took
my work with YOU quite seriously after all!
WDarcy: Emma you did NOT find my Elizabeth for
me. You tried for years and I accidentally
met her when she wandered into your support group. If it hadn’t been for your
poor leadership skills we might not have had so much trouble in our
relationship in the first time.
EDarcy: Now darling, she did help. Well, so did Richard as far as that
goes. In fact he might have helped
more than dear Emma. But if she
finds purpose in being a working woman…
WDarcy: Not this again! Haven’t I apologized for putting down
your career enough now?
EDarcy: Yes, my dear. But you know how I love to tease you.
WDarcy: You know how much I like to follow your
philosophy of remembering the past only as it gives me pleasure.
EDarcy: And pleasure we do have…
BTCole: Cool it you two.
EDarcy: Oh, hello dear author. How we love you and the adventures you
created for us! I can’t wait to
get back to creating more adventures!
Emma: This is getting out of control. I am supposed to be interviewing Ms.
Cole. After all, now that I am so
wonderfully matched I want to help Ms. Cole find her match as well.
BTCole: Thanks Emma. I do not need your help. I made my own match quite a while ago now–thank you–with no
help needed from you.
EDarcy: Oh, tell us more Barbara. We would love to know about your own
love match, wouldn’t we Will?
WDarcy: What I really want to know is how your
relationship might have inspired this upcoming story?
BTCole: Well, the first time ‘my Darcy’ asked
me out I turned him down flat. The
second time was 3 years later and we met again at a mall. He followed me around until he
convinced me to give him my phone number. I finally did just to get rid of him.
WDarcy: Was he arrogant? Did he say something insulting the
first time you met?
Emma: I wish I had been there. I am sure that I could have made things
BTCole: No, Emma, he didn’t insult me, and I
would call him confident, not arrogant.
We both needed to grow up. I was just 21 when I first met him and had no
real experience with men. I went
to small North Georgia college, and was a music major, dating men who were not
yet ready to come out of the closet.
So, needless to say I had not dated any straight men when I met my
future husband. I didn’t know
enough to KNOW that they were not straight at the time. And I certainly was not ready for a
confident man. Truth be told, I
was a bit scared of him when we first met.
EDarcy: So what happened after you gave him
your phone number?
BTCole: He called several times to ask me out,
and I always seemed to have something to do. Eventually, I finally said yes. The first time he took me out to a 5 star restaurant and a
traveling Broadway play that had come to Atlanta. The second time to an equally nice restaurant, and on the
third date he took me to see Johnny Mathis under the stars at an open
amphitheater. He had a catered
dinner brought in.
WDarcy: Yes, yes, sounds very much like
something that I would do… So he
confessed his love for you that night and you lived happily ever after?
BTCole: Oh no! Well, he did confess his love for me. However, I told him I
didn’t think I was even attracted to him.
He was not too happy with that comment, and told me he thought I didn’t
know what to do with a heterosexual, which was probably true. It was a very Hunsfordesque fight!
Emma: Like I said, I should have been there…
EDarcy: Oh, be quiet, Emma. I am still ashamed of some of the things
I have said in the past…
WDarcy: Oh, love, there is nothing to be
ashamed about now!
Emma: So what happened?
BTCole: I called him to help me on my resume a
couple of months later to see if he was still real mad and he agreed to help.
He was a professional writer and said yes. I also checked to see if the other guys I had gone out with
were really out of the picture and they were. I called him on Valentine’s Day
about 6 months after that awful night and told him I was sorry.
EDarcy: You got married a couple weeks later?
BTCole: No, but it was only 6 months
WDarcy: So your life experience prepared you to
write about Darcy and Elizabeth. I believe that this is your third novel scheduled for release in November?
BTCole: Yes, it is.
FitzwilliamEbenezerDarcy: (entering the door) And I would most
likely have never found my Elizabeth without the intervention of Ms. Cole and
her many ghosts.
Mrs.FEbenezerDarcy: Oh, my love, you just had to come for
me. I was awaiting you on Oakham Mount,
praying for the day you would return to me.
WDarcy: You look a bit like me, Ebenezer!
FitzwilliamEbenezerDarcy: All of Ms. Cole’s Darcys look like us. I tried to get her Fitzwilliam Darcy
from White Lies to come along with me tonight as well, but he and his Elizabeth
just had another baby and wanted to stay at Pemberley!
You should know that we
ALL look like Colin Firth to her!
Must be confusing to have so many varieties of Darcy in your mind, and
they are all twins!
Emma: So Ms. Cole, if I could give you an
opportunity to meet Mr. Firth would you welcome it? Would your husband mind?
BTCole: Oh, we have an agreement! If I ever get a chance for a night with
Colin he will understand, and if he ever gets a chance to be with Kate Beckinsale
- he gets the chance!
and EDarcy GASP: NO! You wouldn’t!
BTCole: I think we are both pretty safe at this
point and time in our lives! But I
can dream can’t I! Why do you
think I like to write!
Emma: Kate Beckinsale, hmmm… Another
Emma! Of course! So your husband has a thing about
BTCole: No, I think it was seeing her in
leather in some kind of futuristic film.
RichardFitzwilliam: (walks into the gathering unsuspecting)
Emma, darling we are going to be late for dinner if you don’t come along
soon! Wow, you have quite the room
Emma: Well, let’s ALL go out to dinner! But let me wrap up here! Thanks to my reading audience. And don’t forget, if you haven’t yet
met the Darcy or Elizabeth of YOUR dreams I would be VERY happy to help
you! Come visit me at DarcyholicMatch.com.
RichardFitzwillaim: Good Lord! She’s back to her old tricks? Maybe WE are going to have to do an intervention on HER this
BTCole: Or perhaps
an intervention on me…
Thanks to Meredith and her team for asking me to be
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|My Darcy and I at the Highland Games a few years back!|
Barbara Tiller Cole, Author
Tiller Cole, a professional therapist and clinical manager in the field
of addiction, is a Decatur, Georgia native. Under her professional
name, she is included on various Who's Who listings, including Who's Who
in American Women, and has been named to The Honorable Order of
Kentucky Colonels. While she was encouraged by her mother to expand her
mind through extensive reading, her father gave her the unconditional
love she needed to test her wings in various pursuits. Barbara's writing
has been influenced by the works of Jane Austen and today she proudly
refers to herself as a Darcyholic. She has published two successful
Austen inspired novels, White Lies and Other Half Truths andFitzwilliam
Ebenezer Darcy. Her next novel, Adventures of a Darcyholic, a modern
romantic comedy, will be released late Fall, 2012.
Barbara Tiller Cole's Amazon Author Page
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Coming This Fall--Adventures of a Darcyholic
It is a proven fact
that when a man or woman become obsessed with an object of desire, particularly
when that personification is a fictional character such as one Fitzwilliam
Darcy, it may be necessary to surrender and admit defect to intervention, and
seek help when simple infatuation becomes an addiction. In Adventures of a Darcyholic
our hero and heroine have a deep need to find some balance in their lives. Is
support available to assist them to find a path back to normal? But then again, if Darcy is the problem
do they wish for a cure?
Barbara Tiller Cole,
an Atlanta native and author of her third novel, brings to light this Jane
Austen inspired laugh-out-loud comedic delight.
Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy
'Pride and Prejudice' meets 'A Christmas Carol' A Jane Austen/Charles
Dickens crossover story, 'Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy' takes the best of
both classics and spins them into a delightful Holiday treat! F.E.
Darcy has fallen into pitiful self-loathing and sorrowful angst-ridden
despair; all of this due to his belief that he has lost forever the
chance to marry the only woman he has ever loved—Elizabeth Bennet.
Seeing her son in such a state, the Ghost of Anne Darcy reaches out to
him; informing him that three ghosts would visit him and give him hope.
Will these Spirits provide him with the courage to try again to win the
esteem of his one true soul mate? Barbara Tiller Cole, an Atlanta
native and the writer of the popular book 'White Lies and Other Half
Truths', presents this family friendly classic—a delightful combination
of the best of her two favorite authors, Jane Austen and Charles
Dickens. Barbara credits her parents with fostering a love for both
of these authors. Each Christmas, Barbara’s father would sit and read
Dicken’s classic 'A Christmas Carol' to the family. Her mother
consistently challenged her to improve her mind by extensive reading,
Jane Austen style. This book is dedicated to the memory of Cliff and
Jeanne and the season they loved the best.
Barbara Tiller Cole shines a comedic, sexy light on the characters of
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, turning it into a delightful romp.
Open the pages and take a look at maiden fears, the consequences of
white lies, and the hope for redemption. If Fitzwilliam Darcy
were alive today he would say, "If Jane Austen had written a Regency Sex
Manual, this would be it!" Elizabeth Bennet would have said, "A fun,
light, sexy yarn! What I would give to be taught by Professor Darcy!"
Take a delightful journey with your beloved characters as you read
this delightful farce!