A Farewell (Una Despedida)

A Farewell (Una Despedida)

To my dearest friends, readers, and fellow writers,

This is a letter to bid you adiós, at least for the time being. In the fall I’m going to be entering a Master’s Program at Portland State University in Spanish Language and Literature, and I think I’m going to have to put all other writing aside, possibly for the two years I’m in the program. Hopefully I’m wrong about that. Hopefully, the work load won’t be so intense that I won’t have at least some time to devote to my own writing but I doubt it. At the very least, I thought it would be wise to eliminate commitments I have such as the joyous task of writing a blog post once a month for Austen Authors. It has been an honor and a privilege to participate as an Austen Author and to be able to share with you my thoughts on our dear Jane, writing in general, and other related topics, as well as to share with you my JAFF releases. You are an incredibly supportive community and I value each and every one of you. 

So, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the JAFF novels I’ve written since I became a member of this site around two and a half years ago. The first was Elizabeth, Darcy, and Me. This was my very first foray into the world of Regency JAFF. I think I was getting my feet wet with this one, but in my opinion it turned out well. It centers around Mary Bennet and a love interest of hers, while following the story of P and P from her point of view. The second, a sequel, called A Battle of Wills, finds Mary now married, living near Pemberley, but told from various points of view as Mr. and Mrs. Darcy get into a disagreement having to do with Lady Catherine and her refusal to invite Mary and her husband, Christopher, to a ball. Mary and Georgiana then scheme to help them resolve it. The last in that series, A Maiden’s Honor, is centered on Georgiana, who is engaged to be married, but finds her former situation with Mr. Wickham rearing its ugly head and threatening to undo her future happiness. She takes matters into her own hands to remedy the wrong that is being done to her.

After that series, I wrote Darcy’s Awakening, which has Mr. Darcy engaged to another woman at the beginning of the story and Lizzy still mourning the loss of someone she was once engaged to. In a series of twists and turns, they, of course, find their way to each other.

Then there was The Light in Mr. Darcy’s Eyes, which begins after the Meryton Assembly. Mr. Darcy is already deeply smitten with Lizzy and is ready and willing to woo her. However, Mr. Wickham is seriously turning Lizzy’s head, while he and Caroline are secretly conspiring to separate our dear couple in the most underhanded way. 

After that came Pemberley Park, the Twelve Days of Christmas, which finds the happily married Darcy and Lizzy celebrating their first Christmas as man and wife. They have lots of friends and family over for the festivities leading up to Twelfth Night, and among them are Mary and Henry Crawford, borrowed from the novel Mansfield Park, who create all kinds of unwelcomed mischief.

Finally comes Incandescent, a modern day mingling of Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, in which Annie Elliot is a famous actress from the legendary Elliot family of actors, and has been cast to play Elizabeth Bennet in a Belle Epoque-era film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The two stories intertwine, and somehow, Annie/Elizabeth ends up with exactly the man she’s supposed to be with.

It has been so much fun getting to share these works with you all over the last couple of years and, of course, they remain available, even if I’m not free to write more for the time being. Though I sense my writing may take me in different directions in the years after I finish the program, I will always treasure the enjoyment I had being a JAFF writer and being part of this community. Who knows? Maybe the inspiration will strike to write more sometime in the future.

In the meantime, a million thanks for welcoming me to this world. I’ll be seeing many of you around on social media and when I check in here to get my Austen Authors fix!

Hugs to all,

Georgina

38 Responses to A Farewell (Una Despedida)

  1. Georgina, Only the best for the very best. You continue to amaze and delight me. I am so happy for you.
    PS: I love all your wonderful books. Your Jane Austen variations and the fascinating adventures of time-traveler, Dr. Cassandra Reilly.
    Giant hugs!

  2. Congratulations on the next step in your education program. As much as we will miss you during this time… you will be able to totally concentrate on your subject matter… in another language no less. Best of luck in your endeavors… and much success on reaching your goal. If you get a chance to return… we will welcome you with open arms. Blessings.

  3. The very best of luck with your studies, Georgina. Not that you need luck. You’re going to be great! 🙂

  4. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, Georgina. It’s been a pleasure to read your posts and get to know you. Do come back and visit us here if you have the time.

  5. It has been a privilege for me to edit a few of your books, and while I will miss your unique take on ODC, I wish you every success in your studies!

  6. Dearest Georgina, As I said in my email response to your notification of departing Austen Authors, I am equal parts delighted and dismayed.

    I am absolutely thrilled to hear of your educational pursuits. What an amazing adventure! I never went as far as a Master’s Degree in my education but I know many who did, so am well aware of how immense and consuming the undertaking. Your time on Austen Authors has proven to me that your professionalism, attention to detail, work ethic, and so on are top notch, so I have no doubt you will succeed brilliantly.

    At the same time, I am deeply saddened to let you go from our company of Austenesque writers. Your contributions to the blog have ALL been fantastic. Rest assured that each post you wrote will remain intact and available for our readers to enjoy. Our visitors have benefitted from your knowledge, and been exposed to another fabulous author of fine JAFF. I am sure they will continue to follow Georgina Young-Ellis!

    Georgina, I can honestly say that working with you, both as an admin and a fellow author, has been a joy. I appreciate your kindness, warmth, humor, true concern, and decent heart. You have helped me, personally, in a multitude of ways. I cannot thank you enough for taking this journey with us, and especially for being my friend.

    Do not be a stranger! Keep us posted on your progress! Remember that the Austen Authors Facebook Group and Twitter are open for you to share any novel-related news, or just to pop in and say howdy. Best of luck with school and in everything.

    In love, Sharon

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! Your words touch me to the core. You are one reason why we all love this site so much. I will definitely pop by, and I appreciate you keeping the social media open to me. Lots of love right back at you!

  7. We will miss you! I have loved your books. Very best of good luck in your Master’s Program. (And don’t forget that I live just across the street from PSU, so we should have coffee together at Park Café…)

  8. Goodbye and good luck with your Masters Program. Hopefully it won’t be as hard as you are expecting and you can still get some writing done as well. See you around when you visit is here when you need an Austen Authors fix.

  9. Georgina, we are sure going to miss you! I hope school goes really well for you and if you find yourself needing a diversion every now and then will pick up your JAFF pen. Best Wishes! Jen Red ?

  10. I prefer a simply parting until you can rejoin us, Georgina. No permanent farewells allowed! I pray your master’s program will not take you too far from the JAFF path.

  11. Your unique brand of writing will be sorely missed in JAFF, Georgina, but we can readily understand your need to move forward with your education. I pray that once you finish you will be eager to write another wonderful story. Best wishes for the future.

  12. Good luck Georgina. I wish you all the best in gaining your Masters degree. I really enjoyed learning Spanish in Grammar School, however that was in the early sixties so I’m afraid I don’t remember much ?.
    I hope you do manage to continue your writing sooner rather than later.
    Thank you for your stories and your contributions.

  13. Best wishes in your endeavor to pursue your Master’s Degree. You will be missed but life goes on and possibly you will return sooner than you anticipate and resume writing for us. Thank you for your great novels and surely you will succeed in the Master’s Degree
    Til then I remain your faithful follower.

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