Category Archives: Places/Locations

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

Later this month in the U.S., we will be all about the turkey and fixings and football and preparing for Black Friday sales, but in the U.K., turkeys are a more traditional dish for Christmas. Why might you ask? We can blame that particular fact on one William Strickland, a 16th Century navigator and explorer,… more goodness …

The Letters and Diaries of Henrietta Liston, a Regency Lady with an Extraordinary Life

The Letters and Diaries of Henrietta Liston, a Regency Lady with an Extraordinary Life

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom – Scottish Branch, featuring a fascinating talk by Dora Petherbridge, curator, at the National Library of Scotland. The subject of Ms Petherbridge’s lecture was Henrietta Liston, a keen diarist and letter writer, a contemporary of Jane… more goodness …

London Run Riot: The Overt Politics of Austen’s Gothic Romp

London Run Riot: The Overt Politics of Austen’s Gothic Romp

During Jane Austen’s life and beyond, England was beset with constant internal strife—labor protests, political riots, and military mutinies. These came as the result of falling wages–caused by increasing mill automation–high-priced food, and the harsh conditions and poor pay of military life. From the mid-1790s through the end of Austen’s life, a major insurrection would… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Writing Desk

Jane Austen’s Writing Desk

I thought for a long time about what I should say in this month’s post.  After a few hours of race-watching (it was a postponed race, so I was watching on Monday instead of Sunday) and bouncing several ideas around in my mind, I decided to go with something writing-related. Suddenly, I thought about our… more goodness …

The Rame Peninsula, One of the Settings for “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way” + Giveaway

The Rame Peninsula, One of the Settings for “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way” + Giveaway

In writing Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way, I wanted the Bennet ladies to end up in an area more remote than Hertfordshire after the death of Mr. Bennet—to be out of their element. I wanted them not to be close to either Bingley or Darcy—to be in a place where they would… more goodness …

Balancing Historical Figures and the Story

Balancing Historical Figures and the Story

Recent posts have been about the best way to use history in historical fiction. The goal is to use as much history as possible without burying the story in unnecessary details or derailing the story with unnecessary asides. You want to have history support your story. You don’t want the story to become just travelogue… more goodness …

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

The hazards of matchmaking and relationship plot twists abound in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Echoes of similar sorts of drama behind the scenes in the making of this production turned up as I researched for this post, but not in romances between the actors (in case that’s what you’re thinking.) Test your knowledge of this… more goodness …

Jane Austen and American Indians

Jane Austen and American Indians

For this month’s post, I chose a difficult topic. There wasn’t much information to be found, so what I have done is to share what I have discovered and then compare what was going on in Jane Austen’s world with what was happening here. I hope you enjoy it! ~~~***~~~ Two weekends ago, on August… more goodness …

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

While researching The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, my trilogy on the life of Jane Austen, I ran across a fascinating book called Judy O’Grady and the Colonel’s Lady: The Army Wife and Camp Follower Since 1660. The work is titled after a Kipling poem, in which he says the poor enlisted wife (“Judy”) and… more goodness …

Another year, another race, another reader

Another year, another race, another reader

I recently went on a vacation with my sister. We’ve never done anything like this before, and I wish we had. It was great to spend that time with her and do things together. We went to Kentucky, visiting the Ark Encounter on Friday and Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.  The last time I was at… more goodness …