Turning thoughts into words can be a frustrating experience, but writing's not all torment, torn hair, and mountains of comfort food. For me, a particular joy comes from creating scenes involving the intellectual giant, expert dancer, and balm to … [Read more...] about Punishing Mr Collins?
As the year draws to an end, time to say a big thanks to everyone for their interest in my writing this year. Port & Proposals recently passed its one-year book anniversary, so a special THANK YOU to all who have read, reviewed and/or talked … [Read more...] about Season’s greetings from Hunsford!
"I dearly love a laugh," says Elizabeth Bennet. As do I, though it takes a very good book to make me do so. One such book is Rose Servitova's The Longbourn Letters, which mirrors the warmth, inventiveness and humour of Miss Austen in an extended … [Read more...] about “Lots of my writing happens when I’m not writing”
On Valentine's Day, a quote from the "Rector of Romance," Mr William Collins. Who could resist a proposal put with such fierce emotion? … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day with Mr Collins
It's a question I get asked a lot. Which is odd, because it's not as if Ms Austen is undiscovered or underrated. Nobody ever thinks to ask why I like novels by Terry Pratchett or Mark Lawrence. Or football. Or twiglets. Or even Poldark. … [Read more...] about Why do you like Jane Austen?
My guilty confession: Mr Collins is my favourite Austen character. Thought David Bamber and Tom Hollander were excellent in the 1995/2005 adaptations. … [Read more...] about Mr Collins’ email inbox