Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

If a writer made Darcy behave like Bingley, Elizabeth behave like Jane, Mrs. Bennet behave like Mrs. Gardiner, and Lydia simply behave, it wouldn’t really be a good variation of Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen created well defined characters. Changing one or two characters is fair, but writers can’t credibly change too many characters without… more goodness …

From Distrust to Happily Ever After (and a Giveaway)

From Distrust to Happily Ever After (and a Giveaway)

“I trust very few.” She trusted Bea and Mr. Clayton, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Shelton, and of course, Mr. Norman and – she nearly sighed – Walter. Perhaps it was more accurate to say she trusted all save her sister and anyone who appeared to love her sister. However, that would be rather… more goodness …

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Nearly fifty years have passed since this Austen adaptation of Persuasion debuted on the small screen. Filmed at a time when ITV drama productions were low-budget affairs, studio sets are obviously used for the interior scenes. The acting feels awkwardly similar a theatrical production, which is hardly surprising since most of the British actors of… more goodness …

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

The Other Miss Bates is the second book in the Highbury series, in which I explore the possibilities of life for the inhabitants of that quiet Surrey town thirty years before they are brought to life by Jane Austen in Emma. Usually, writing a book involves taking separate strands of story – character, plot, setting… more goodness …

Betting on Mr. Wickham

Betting on Mr. Wickham

One of my favorite parts in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is when George Wickham runs off with Lydia Bennet and everyone learns the truth about his character. From a writing craft perspective, it’s one of the best story twists in all of literature, and it showcases Jane Austen’s masterful use of what we in… more goodness …

Covers, Covers, and More

Covers, Covers, and More

I’ve been at it again. Creating book covers when I know I ought to be writing. For me, it’s the perfect escape. While creating new covers, I am working, but it doesn’t feel like work. I’m planning too. I’m just not writing. Here is my latest cover design—a rebranding, if you will. In truth, I… more goodness …

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

The new year has arrived, and with it the time-honored tradition of setting resolutions for the coming year. Personally, I’ve never been one for setting resolutions. I’ve always been of the opinion that we should constantly be looking at our lives, our behavior, and trying to correct the things we see in ourselves which are… more goodness …

It’s a Year of Jane Austen!

It’s a Year of Jane Austen!

Happy New Year! 2020 is shaping up to be a great year, especially for fans of Jane Austen. It seems each month of the new year brings an event to look forward to; and no matter where you live in the U.S. or U.K., there’s probably an Austen-related event scheduled near you. Let’s take a… more goodness …