Category Archives: Author Real Life

That Time I Fired a Musket

That Time I Fired a Musket

Writing fiction set in another time has any number of challenges, and I think this is particularly true for the English Regency. Although it took place a “mere” 200 years ago, the Regency was a time of different manners, mores, and even technology. Sometimes, the technology is fairly easy to experience — I’ve ridden countless… more goodness …

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

There are many ways that two authors can work together. For Summer and me, I think of it as having four unequal phases. First, I write a complete story, often around 20,000 words. That makes it a novella, not a novel. For the second phase, Summer rewrites it, sometimes adding whole scenes that were originally… more goodness …

Boating and fishing in the Regency

Boating and fishing in the Regency

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States. There have been parties and parades, a night race in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lots and lots of campers/tourists in my town. Two of the biggest activities around here in the summer, especially amongst the out of towners who invade every weekend, are boating and fishing. I… 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 …

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

As many of you may know, my “day job” is college history instructor. This was a later-in-life calling, something which grew from a terrible crisis my family endured in the mid-1980s. After the ground had firmed beneath my feet, I decided that the path which I had been on—advertising—was thin tea. True, advertising did leverage… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “I Am a Writing Machine” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “I Am a Writing Machine” Giveaway

  Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “I Am a Writing Machine” Giveaway. Katzanne, Chelsea, and Charlene Capodice will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s latest Austen-inspired title, In Want of a Wife. Meanwhile, Luthien84 and Patricia Finnegan will receive an eBook copy of Book 3 of the… more goodness …

I Am a Writing Machine!!!!  Excerpts and a Giveaway or Two

I Am a Writing Machine!!!! Excerpts and a Giveaway or Two

Despite a recent diagnosis of diabetes, my 2019 has been going exceptionally well, and the writing has been flowing out of me, of late. In 2018, I caught the flu, which turned into bronchitis and then into pneumonia. I was down for the count for over two months, which put a definite crimp in my… more goodness …