Hey, folks, I have an announcement to make. Though I have had a tough time coming to this determination, I have ultimately decided to retire from writing Pride and Prejudice variations. As I said, it was difficult, but I’ve found the passion no longer burns, the ideas are coming few and further in between, making every part of the process more time-consuming and frustrating.
I would like to thank everyone on this site and those who read my books for the incredible support you have all given me over the years. Without the loyal fans, I could never have made a go of it, would never have realized my dream of writing books for a living. I feel I have been incredibly blessed to not only possess the ability to do what I love for a living, but your warm and kindness has made me a better person. I hope I will keep in touch with you over the coming months and years, and that these friendships which I have made will last a lifetime.
As many of you know, I have written some fantasy fiction over the years, and I hope to more firmly establish myself in that genre. I also have aspirations to shift more to general historical fiction, particularly the time period in which Jane Austen lived, but with a focus more on the events on the continent, the Napoleonic wars, and what followed. I would also like to write an ancient history novel, perhaps centering on historical figures of Rome or Ancient Greece. And, I’ve always wanted to write a non-fiction book about a passion of mine—basket weaving. I hope to see some of you signing up for my future works!
In addition, I’ve wondered for many years if I could make a go of it as a professional musician. I have been known to play around a little on the piano, I have some lessons on the guitar, and I play a pretty mean washboard. Perhaps a hillbilly band? I mean, I’d need to take lessons, but it’s never to late. Right?
I’ve also thought about being the first Jane Austen author in orbit. I’d take my whole collection with me and send them floating out through space. You never know—some alien passing by in a million years might come across it and think it’s the best thing he’s ever read.
Or maybe I’ll just run away and join a convent, dedicating my life to helping disaffected writers and struggling artists. Bananas duct taped to a wall, anyone? Bananas on a wall . . . Hmm, that sounds like a story idea! Elizabeth as a banana? Do you think it will sell?
Anyway, ciao for now! See you on the flip side!
Sorry, folks, I just couldn’t resist. I’ve never had the chance to do an April Fools’ post and thought I’d announce something, moving to crazier things as I went along. So I’d like to know—if you didn’t realize it was April Fools’ Day from the start, when did you clue in that I was not being serious? The first author astronaut? Bananas and duct tape? If you haven’t heard, that was an actual piece of art at a Miami (?) art show a couple of months back!
Anyway, if you’ve paid attention to my posts in the past, you’ll know that I haven’t run out of ideas. I’ve got a doc shared with a friend that has probably 30 – 40 ideas, and my personal ideas list runs about 20 deep. I doubt I’ll ever have the chance to write them all! My comments about wanting to move into other historical and fantasy fiction are accurate, but I’ve never weaved a basket in my life! And I know better than to try my hand at music. I love music, but to become a musician you actually need talent and training! I’ve got some of the first but very little of the second. As for going into space, I’m a pretty poor flyer—I doubt I’d be able to get aboard a craft with a huge bomb situated under my butt!
Back to your normally scheduled programming. Mrs. Bennet’s Favorite Daughter is set to hit Amazon on April 16th. Look for the cover release to be posted to the FB page sometime this week.
I hope this is a bit of fun amid all the bad news. Hopefully we can laugh during these difficult times!