Author Archives: Catherine Bilson

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 …

Writing an Austen Variation or Continuation, by Catherine Bilson

Writing an Austen Variation or Continuation, by Catherine Bilson

For me, writing a fiction story, whether it’s JAFF, fanfiction for a different universe (I also write Marvel fanfic!) or an original with your own characters, always begins with the question “What if?” What if THIS happened? What if there was a girl who discovered her father was a fallen angel? What if a couple… more goodness …