Author Archives: Allie Cresswell

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 …

Announcing the Winner of Allie Cresswell’s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Allie Cresswell’s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway

Austen Authors is honored to announce the winners of Allie Cresswell‘s “Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!” Giveaway. Linda A. will have her choice of either a print or eBook copy of any of Ms. Cresswll’s Highbury titles. Congratulations, Linda. You may choose from Dear Jane, The Other Mrs. Bates or Mrs. Bates… more goodness …

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside! + Giveaway!

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside! + Giveaway!

Jane Austen famously writes of the minutiae of life; her books often centred on a single house or area. Emma takes place exclusively in the Surrey village of Highbury and although a few characters travel outside its precincts Emma and the reader never do. For my Highbury Trilogy, however, I had to venture further afield… more goodness …

A sense of history

A sense of history

Jane Austen’s novels are loved today, in part, for the sense of history they evoke; those elegant drawing rooms and the graceful life-style of Regency ladies within them – such a far cry from our stressed and utilitarian, tech-driven world. The erudite conversation. The courtly, restrained attentions of well-dressed gentlemen – the suppressed passion of… more goodness …