A fan of Jane Austen since having to study Pride & Prejudice for my English Literature O Level in 1978 (bless the Oxford Examination Board for making it a set book that year!), I have been indulging my passion for all things Austen for many years.
As an avid reader who has long wanted to be a writer (since I was about ten!), my two passions have come together at last, and I am now publishing my endeavours in the hope people will enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
My first publication, A Fair Prospect, was released in three volumes in 2013 (due to its size! It has since been released as a boxed eBook set). This was a story inspired by Pride & Prejudice.
My second venture into publication was a co-written novel, The Darcy Brothers, also inspired by Pride & Prejudice. This began as a writing project on the Austen Variations Blog, with five writers all contributing chapters to the story. It was published in early 2015.
I also posted, on the same Blog, where you can still find it, a ten-chapter story, Lizzy Bennet’s Diary. You can see from the ‘covers’ used to illustrate it, made up by the talented Janet Taylor of JTOriginals, the title was inspired by a modern-day take on Pride & Prejudice, namely Bridget Jones’ Diary, and contains extracts from the journals of Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
Then, it was time for a change! The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, a contemporary mystery/rom-com with a hint of magic, set in the beautiful city of Bath, was co-written with one my best friends, Ada Bright, and was released in the summer of 2016. A sequel is currently in the works.
My most recent venture into creative writing is the work-in-progress (i.e. frantically writing each chapter until ten minutes before posting), A Quest for Mr Darcy. The aim is to publish this story later in 2017, with a share of the profits going to The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation.
I am British born and bred (though I did live in the USA for 5 years), and I have two grown up children. I split my time between Rafz in Switzerland, where I live with my husband, and England, where I live with my characters.