Category Archives: Research

Altered States: Challenges of Time Shifted Canonical Characters

Altered States: Challenges of Time Shifted Canonical Characters

Austenesque authors have, in recent years, begun to explore taking the classic characters and extracting them from their Regency worlds to insert them into (usually) modern environments. T’is neither my place nor my inclination to assess whether these variations from tradition are appropriate or not. Of course, considering that I am in the midst of… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Jennifer Redlarczyk’s “We Are Speaking of Music” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Jennifer Redlarczyk’s “We Are Speaking of Music” Giveaway

    Austen Authors is thrilled to announce the winners of Jennifer Redlarczyk‘s “We Are Speaking of Music” Giveaway. elaineowen1 and Claire Ferguson will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Redlarczyk‘s Darcy’s Melody. Meanwhile, Sallianne will receive a print copy of the book, along with a Darcy’s Melody tote bag. Congratulations, Ladies. Jennifer Redlarczyk will… more goodness …

Stories, Stories, Stories, and Research

Stories, Stories, Stories, and Research

Once upon a time, about three months ago, I marked today as the day when I wanted to have a particular book ready to publish. Often, I hit my mark on or near the bullseye. However, this time, my arrow has flown far afield from the target, and I am not ready to publish a… more goodness …

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We are Speaking of Music! “What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.” “We are speaking of music, Madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply. “Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is… 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 …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy” Giveaway. evamedmonds, Charlene Capodice, and Delores Erwin will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy. Congratulations, Ladies. Check your emails, prizes have been sent out from Amazon. [I feared a power outage for I am… 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 …

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Consider any of the Canonical books. Miss Austen does not always offer much data about the social environment present in the Regency. She rarely addresses the great questions of the day: with the exception of offering evidence that Tom Bertram’s time in the West Indies left him scarred and damaged. (I have always chosen to… 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 …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Rise of the Milliner in England: A History of Mad Hatters, by Sharon Lathan

Rise of the Milliner in England: A History of Mad Hatters, by Sharon Lathan

In case you haven’t heard, I have branched out in my passion for all things Regency into the field of millinery. I’ll share more information and links on that venture at the end of this blog post. Interestingly, as extensively as I have researched aspects of the period in order to write my novels as… more goodness …