Author Archives: Catherine Bilson

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

Last week, Twitter blew up rather when some more casting for the Bridgerton series was announced and – shock, horror! – not all of the actors were white. For those of you who don’t know about the Bridgerton series, it’s a TV series based on the Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn. Produced by Shonda Rhimes,… more goodness …

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

Not a lot of people from the ‘writerly’ side of my life know this about me, but I’m also a passionate hobby jeweller and silversmith. Antique jewellery, particularly chain maille and other ancient chain techniques, is something I enjoy replicating for my dedicated clientele, to the point where almost all my work is by commission only!… more goodness …

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Despite growing up in the UK, I don’t actually like tea very much. I’ll drink it to be polite (with lots of milk and a couple of spoons of sugar) when the only alternative is coffee, which I despise even more, but give me a hot chocolate or a glass of juice or iced water any day. Still,… more goodness …

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The essence of writing fanfiction, whether Austen or otherwise, is finding gaps in the narrative where we can extrapolate or re-interpret the story to fit our own needs. Whether this is a prequel, a continuation or a variation, an author is always looking for those little chinks in a story to wedge our creative minds… more goodness …

A Christmas JAFF

A Christmas JAFF

The holiday season is upon us, though here in Australia the seasons are reversed and it always feels strange to be singing about snow and winter when the temperatures outside are scorching! Born and raised in the UK, I still always associate Christmas with the long dark nights of winter, snow (sometimes), mulled wine, sitting… more goodness …

EXCERPT: Anne de Bourgh’s Secret Diary

EXCERPT: Anne de Bourgh’s Secret Diary

I’ve always thought Anne de Bourgh to be one of the least developed characters in Pride and Prejudice. Overshadowed by her mother and in permanent ill health, Elizabeth described her as appearing ‘sickly and cross’ after Maria Lucas noted how ‘thin and small’ she was. Yet, she was a great heiress and undoubtedly Lady Catherine… more goodness …

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

I have any number of very talented writer friends who tell me that writing historical fiction is far too terrifying even to contemplate. That they just know they’d get something crucial wrong and be torn to shreds by a baying pack of vicious reviewer hounds. The Review Hounds are a terrifying prospect indeed (though one… more goodness …

The release of my first non-JAFF historical romance is just days away! + a Giveaway

The release of my first non-JAFF historical romance is just days away! + a Giveaway

Timeless is just a few days away!   I’m so excited about the release of my very first original historical romance, An Earl For Ellen, as part of this boxed set! I’d like to share the prologue with you here. December, 1817 “I’m sorry, Miss Bentley.” The steward twisted his hat between his hands, an… more goodness …

My Introduction to Historical Romance and JAFF – and TWO exciting announcements!

My Introduction to Historical Romance and JAFF – and TWO exciting announcements!

I first fell in love with historical romance not through Jane Austen (that came after watching the wonderful 1995 BBC adaptation) but by smuggling a few of my mother’s book collection out of her reading nook and up to my bedroom. I’d have been 11 or 12, I suppose, and she would definitely not have… more goodness …