Category Archives: Austen Characters

What’s In A Name? Austen’s Unknown Characters and What JAFF Authors Call Them – Part 1

What’s In A Name? Austen’s Unknown Characters and What JAFF Authors Call Them – Part 1

Jane Austen is celebrated as one of the greatest authors of all time — I don’t know anyone who would question that sentiment. But did you know that even iconic authors can make mistakes? Okay, maybe not actual mistakes, but choices that are considered mistakes by readers — like Colonel Brandon marrying the “wrong” Dashwood sister,… Read the full blog post …

Humor in Emma

Humor in Emma

Emma: A treasure trove of village ‘characters’ In continuing my light survey of humor in Jane Austen’s books, I am now up to Emma. Having reread different parts of Emma multiple times over the last few months as I work on my Highbury Variation novels, I can see why it is some people’s favorite! Some… Read the full blog post …

Best Laid Plans . . .

Best Laid Plans . . .

We all know the saying “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” (Or as the Scot in me would say, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.” – Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”). Well, perhaps in my case it would be “the best intentioned plans . .… Read the full blog post …

Agriculture and other Business

Agriculture and other Business

I was tempted to post another excerpt from The Attack, but decided I’d rather explore the agricultural landscape in existence during the P&P time frame. I’ve been busy outlining plots for future stories, and the subject will feature rather prominently in one of them. It seems to be a common assumption that Mr. Bennet was… Read the full blog post …

Blue Sky Moon – an Excerpt

Blue Sky Moon – an Excerpt

Blue Sky Moon is the working title of my current JAFF work-in-progress (WIP.) I still don’t know if that will be the final title, but there is a symbolism in it that is explored in the novel that is very front of mind as I work on it. The story encompasses Elizabeth and Darcy’s first… Read the full blog post …

A New Book Preview

A New Book Preview

Welcome back to Austen Authors!   I am almost done with my second book of the year. Go, me! LOL I’m doing much better than I did last year, when I wrote all of three books instead of my usual five and a half. <3 My current Work-In-Progress (or WIP, as I like to call… Read the full blog post …

Gotta Get A Bingley

Gotta Get A Bingley

Charles Bingley, Darcy’s affable and somewhat heedless best friend, is a curious character in Pride and Prejudice. His inclusion in the plot is a little odd. After all, the love story between Darcy and Elizabeth could be told without Bingley’s part at all. Strictly speaking his story arc is completely unnecessary. But Bingley is a… Read the full blog post …

Humor in Mansfield Park

Humor in Mansfield Park

Why do we want humor? Lately I’ve been trying to purposely learn how to inject more humor into my writing. I’m working on From London with Loyalty, the sequel to From Highbury with Love, and I want it to be funny. I love humor, and that’s definitely what makes some books compulsively re-readable for me.… Read the full blog post …

The Attack – An Excerpt

The Attack – An Excerpt

Some of you might remember a blog I did in December. It was a blurb I created to begin my return to writing. At the time I had no plans to do much of anything with it, but the reception it received, along with the supportive, encouraging comments, convinced me to create a story around… Read the full blog post …