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Author Spotlight: Debra-Ann Kummoung

Name:  Debra-Ann Kummoung

Recent Release: Falling for Elizabeth Bennet

Occupation:  Full-time Executive Assistant/Part-time writer

Age:  46

The Interview:

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  Getting my book published

What is your best physical feature?  Eyes

What is your most treasured possession? My husband’s love

What or who is the greatest love of your life?  My husband

What is your favorite journey?  

Reading – it’s never the same journey twice even if reading the same book over again.

What is your most marked characteristic?  Being upbeat

Define happiness and share your happiest memory.

Happiness is a state of mind.  Happiest memory the day I married my husband and any day I can spend with him.

What is it that you most dislike?  Rudeness

What is your greatest fear?  Having my husband pass away when he is away from home.

What is your greatest extravagance?  Buying books/e-books

Who do you most despise? Immaterial – the person has passed away.

What is your greatest regret?  That I’m not 100% normal – live with epilepsy

Which talent would you most like to have?  Draw

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  Sheltered

What do you most value in your friends? Sincerity

Who do you most admire? My husband

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Vanity

Which words or phrases are you known for?  Don’t think I have any

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not have epilepsy

What is your motto?  I can do it as long as I believe in myself

Five Quickies

1.What’s the most inspiring part of where you live?  Living on a lake

2. Where did the idea for this story come from?  My love of Pride & Prejudice and my own life

3. How long did it take you to write it? Rough draft 4 months, another 4 through beta readers

4. Which character has etched it’s way into your heart and why?  Darcy, his character was based on my husband.

5. What are you working on now? A 2 book Pride & Prejudice variation.  True Love Never Fails & True Love Conquers All.

About the Author

Debra-Ann Kummoung a first time author. She loves Pride and Prejudice and fell in love the 1995 mini-series. Debra-Ann read Pride and Prejudice in high school and fell in love with Mr. Darcy back then. Life continued and I forgot about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet until she happened to see the mini-series on TV and decided to revisit the book and then discovered all the variations out there. Debra-Ann decided thats she could write a book and as she was writing the plot for Falling for Elizabeth Bennet, Debra-Ann discovered that I had married my own Mr. Darcy who also has a dash of Colonel Fitzwilliam too!

By day, Debra-Ann is an Executive Assistant and by evening she plot what can next befall Darcy and Elizabeth. She is currently working on her next books – a two book Pride & Prejudice variation – True Love Never Fails & True Love Conquers All..

Debra-Ann and her husband are raising their 3 German Shepherds – Belle a white shepherd, Jasmine a black shepherd and Fitz their newest family member, a sable shepherd.

Connect with the author:

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About the Book:

Blurb: 

While visiting his friend Mr. Charles Bingley, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy makes the acquaintance of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, a lively and intelligent young lady sitting in the corner at a local assembly. Darcy discovers that Elizabeth has a secret. Will this secret drive them apart, or will Darcy be able to overcome Elizabeth’s secret and find the love he’s dreamed of.

The inspiration:

My first experience as an author was overwhelming.  I honestly never planned to write a book but am an avid reader.  I love Pride & Prejudice and when I discovered the many variations out there to read, I was hooked.  I had read a variation that had such potential and at the end it fell flat. I was disappointed and I thought to myself, I can do this.  So, I made the decision to write my first book. I wrote out a summary in about a month and yet when I finished that summary, the story was not really talking to me.  As I finished the first summary, I had gotten an idea for another variation. I wrote that summary in about 2-3 weeks and I no sooner finished writing the summary that I started writing the book itself.  I completed my first rough draft in about 4 months. I revised it several times before passing it along to beta readers to help me refine it and make any corrections that needed to be done. I had attempted to contact a publisher that did Jane Austen books, but never received a response from them.  I was in the process of researching how to self-publish, when my husband and I saw an advertisement for a publishing company and decided to get more information from them. About 3 days after requesting a submission kit from the publishing company, I received a telephone call from them and they asked about my book and if it was completed and any feedback that I had received from it.  I was given a secure link to submit my book and I would know in a week if they would accept my book for publication. I was excited to be considered, but did not truly expect the outcome I received. Exactly one week later, I received the phone call that the publishers had accepted my book for publication. I spent the next 8 months going through the editing process and designing my book cover before my book was released in November 2017.


When I decided to write my book –Falling for Elizabeth Bennet – I wanted to write something that had not been written before.  The title is a play on words. My twist is that I have given Elizabeth Bennet falling sickness (epilepsy) in Regency England. I did this as I have had epilepsy since age 14.  Darcy in my book is based on my husband who has been my biggest cheerleader and supporter of my book. While he is not a reader, I advised him that he needed to be familiar with my book in case anyone ever asked him about it.  His compromise was to have me read it to him as we drove around town on the weekends. My husband is not a man who will lie to me and say it is a good book when it is not. He’s very blunt and was surprised and impressed as I read my book to him and smiled when he discovered little family stories I had planted in the book.  He is anxiously awaiting my next story which has been stalled due to a minor shoulder issue but it has finally be resolved.

An excerpt:

“Richard, what is so urgent that you sent for me? What is going on?”

Richard replies, “Darcy, take a seat. I believe that we are in for a tale. While you were out at the park, you had a visitor who arrived looking for me actually.” Richard motions to Wickham, who is sitting off to the side. Richard continues, “Wickham came here with a message, and I believe that he might know where Lizzy is. Wickham came to Darcy House to ask you for help to find me when he should have been trying to find you. Wickham relayed the message he had, but it did not make any sense to me. I then realized that your first name and my last name are the same and that perhaps Wickham knew something about Lizzy.”

Darcy takes a seat and turns to Wickham and asks, “Wickham, what was the message?”

Wickham replies, “Darcy, a woman claiming to be Fitzwilliam’s wife asked me to get him a message. Her menage was ‘For My One True Love – Now and Always.’ Fitzwilliam 1811”.

Darcy sits forward and asks, “How do you know that inscription?”

Wickham replies, “the woman showed me the heart-shaped locket with a rose on top of it, and the inscription was on the back. The woman kept the locket hidden in her pocket. The woman said that the chain had been broken and stolen.”

Darcy sighs and takes a deep breath and slowly exhales and asks, “Wickham, can I trust you? What are you getting out of this? What do you want from me?”

Wickham replies, “Darcy, I do not want anything. I do have further proof that this woman is your wife…..”

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