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,