Now and then, fate raises her delicate hand and gently ushers you somewhere you didn't expect to be. And so it was a few weeks ago when holidaying in the UK. It was meant to be a couple of days walking the North Downs Way in Surrey with old … [Read more...] about Accidental Austen journeys
Everything from early-morning thoughts to late-night questions, with a small break for afternoon tea and cake.
Sometimes all it takes is a few pages to tell a story. And so it is with A Third Proposal, a vignette from the life of Mr Bennet as he returns to Meryton from a trip to London. All is not well at Longbourn and Netherfield. But who's to blame? And … [Read more...] about Introducing “A Third Proposal”
The snow outside my window tells me the end of the year is close here in Vienna. Which means it's time for me to wish everyone the very best for the holiday season and the coming … [Read more...] about Season’s greetings
Writing Austenesque fiction means the ghost of Jane Austen always feels near. (Hopefully not preparing some deliciously cutting remark on the impropriety of this young* man who dares play with her characters.) Ms Austen never reveals herself, … [Read more...] about Meeting Jane (almost)
Most fiction in the Jane Austen universe focuses on the gentry, much like the original novels. So I was intrigued to see Don Jacobson's recent Austenesque publication - paired novellas in Lessers and Betters - also includes the servant … [Read more...] about “A male writer needs to be…aware of the dangers of writing female characters”
Thought you might enjoy the rough map of Hunsford I used when writing The Darcy Ring and The Lovesick Maid. (Not to scale!) You can see the parsonage bottom right, cunningly placed to allow our upstanding rector, Mr Collins, to monitor the Rosings … [Read more...] about A Map of Hunsford