Richard Armitage!!! (Faints/Swoons)


As you can see from my copy of Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North & South, I am a fan of Richard Armitage. Why? He’s an excellent actor, he’s tall and handsome, and he has one of the best male reading voices I’ve ever heard.

As my newsletter subscribers know, I contacted him about narrating my next release, Friends and Enemies. Since the story is from Darcy’s point-of-view, I wanted a male narrator/producer.

Here is an update.

I received an email from his representatives on April 3rd. In my reply, I told them I would have the finished first draft to them on Monday, April  17th.

This is why I’ve been practically invisible on social media. I’m typing like a crazed person trying to get this story done. On Monday of this week, I went back to chapter one and did a word-by-word clean-up. Now, I’m pressing on to the end. I have approximately 8,000 words to go—I hope.

Click below for a video interview which should give you a hint why I’m desperately hoping he agrees to my project.

I will keep you apprised of the process. Of course, if he agrees, you will undoubtedly hear my screams right before I faint.

Would you like to hear Mr. Armitage read Fitzwilliam Darcy? Boy, I would.



  1. Rita Deodato

    OMG Joy!! That would be so perfect!!! I can’t even believe it!
    Fingers crossed! I want Armitage portraying darcy on audio 🙂

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Me too, Rita. Of course, I’d love it to be one of my books, but I would enjoy hearing him read the menu at McDonald’s even. He’s that good. We shall see.

  2. Maureen C

    Oh my goodness! Mr. Armitage would make the perfect Darcy. I hope it works out!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I hope so too, Maureen. So far he has not said ‘No” so I’m still living in a dream world.

  3. Janet T

    Would I ever!!!!!! That would be so awesome. I hope it works out and ge does it. Can’t wait to hear.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I’m sure you will hear me shout all the way in Texas, my friend. Or, sob my heart out if he says “no”. Either way, you will hear.

  4. Sheila L. Majczan

    Oh, Joy, Oh, Joy…how absolutely delicious! I don’t listen to audio much but if he does read this for you I will definitely be buying the audio copy. Hope and pray it works out for you. Wishing you the best of luck, my dear friend.

  5. Ceri

    Oh my goodness! That would be a dream come true! I have to hand it to you Joy, you are a lady that makes things happen.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I agree, Ceri. It would be a dream come true. There is a lot that needs to take place before it happens but at least we are trying. He can’t say “yes” if I don’t ask.

  6. Anji

    I think I’m joining the OMG club here!!!

    Although I’d listen to him read the phone book, to hear Mr. Armitage reading one of your books would be, to quote another 21st century phrase which I absolutely hate, “totes amazeballs”!

    Fingers, and everything else, crossed for a “Yes”.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I can’t believe you said “totes amazeballs”, Anji. Ha Ha! I made me laugh when I read it and I was at the gym with my headphones on so nobody knew what the crazy old woman was laughing about.

      Trust me, I’d listen to him read the phone book as well. I will certainly let you know if I hear.

      • Anji

        Believe it or not, Joy, there IS a kind of second hand Austen connection with that phrase! Last year, I read the Austen Project version of Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid and it was used on occasion by her modern day Isabella Thorpe.

      • J "Joy" Dawn King

        That’s cool to know. Awesomesauce!

  7. Anna

    Oh, that would be absolutely amazing, fantastic…I could go on and on! I’m keeping my figures crossed for you.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Thank you, Anna. I’m thinking the odds of this happening are not good because I’m a very small fish in a huge pond. I am hopeful.

  8. Lois Stacey

    Dear Dawn

    He sounds wonderful, I am not a great watcher of TV, and do not often watch great literature reduced to a TV series.

    My mothers maiden name was Barton, and as Grandmas favourite author after Dickens was Mrs Gaskell of course mum was christened Mary in honour of Mrs Gaskell novel Mary Barton.

    Do keep the good old JAFF books coming, but hopefully not too much angst. I think Miss Austen had it just right, any more and it just becomes a boring old read as we all know it has to come out OK in the end, so why not a bit of jollity along the way.

    I also enjoy your daughters book.

    Lois Stacey

    Sent from my iPad


    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Lois, thank you very much for your delightful post sharing your family history. I’ve read almost all of Ms. Gaskell’s works including Mary Barton.

      I’ll see what I can do about keeping my angst under control. Darcy is really having a time of it in this story, but things are shaping up for a lovely ending. I just need to finish writing it.

  9. Carole in Canada

    Oh yes, if you don’t ask you wont know! Like Sheila, I haven’t listened to any audio books…but this would be a first if he did say yes! He would make me a convert! Congratulations on at least getting this in front of him! Have a wonderful weekend working away on this! Just remember to breathe!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I’m breathing. Barely! Thanks for the reminder, Carole. I’m smiling too.

  10. Ginger Monette

    That is every author’s dream! You go-girl! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Sure hope he says YES!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      It would certainly shock me if it works. His schedule needs to work, I need to afford the fee, and he needs to like the story before this can happen. I’m hopeful.

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