Category Archives: Research

Pondering Pride and Passover

Pondering Pride and Passover

Having recently finished a rough draft of my next novel, I’ve been focused on working with alpha readers and trying to revise, restructure and basically reinvent my ever-evolving storyline. All this is done in stolen moments in between a 10-hour work day and household responsibilities… laundry, grocery shopping, etc. Life seems but a quick succession… more goodness …

Neurodiversity and Mr. Darcy

Neurodiversity and Mr. Darcy

It’s April, and that means many things. It is, according to TS Eliot, “…the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.” Perhaps not coincidentally, it is also the month when many in North America settle in to do their taxes for the previous year.… more goodness …

Easter as a Pride and Prejudice Plot Device

Easter as a Pride and Prejudice Plot Device

Happy Easter Monday! I think today is a perfect day to talk about Easter in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. Since Jane was the daughter of a rector, we can infer certain things from her use of Easter in the plot, a context that was obvious to her contemporary English readers, since she lived… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Cozying Up to an Austen Mystery” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Cozying Up to an Austen Mystery” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “Cozying Up to an Austen Mystery” Giveaway. Amy Zelenka, SamH, Eva Edmonds, and DarcyBennett will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s The Phantom of Pemberley. Congratulations. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules… more goodness …

Women’s rights in the nineteenth century

Women’s rights in the nineteenth century

If you’re anything like me, you love reading Jane Austen’s novels and find the stories of her heroines, like Elizabeth Bennet, sticking up for themselves and what they believe in highly appealing. But in creating female characters like this, Austen was actually highlighting the reality that in her era women had very few rights. Well… more goodness …

Cozing Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery with the ReRelease “The Phantom of Pemberley” + a Giveaway

Cozing Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery with the ReRelease “The Phantom of Pemberley” + a Giveaway

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery was my sixth Jane Austen book. It was originally released in 2010 by Ulysses Press. As Ulysses no longer publishes fiction stories, I had my rights to the book returned to me. I am re-releasing it to a new audience of Austen fans with a new… more goodness …

Pall Mall in the Regency: A Street and a Game

Pall Mall in the Regency: A Street and a Game

Pall Mall, the Street If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen references to Pall Mall in regency romances and you may even know that it is a street in the St.James region of London, near Westminster, and that it was known for being a haunt of gentlemen. White’s Club could be found in St.James, for… more goodness …

Regional and Social Accents in England

Regional and Social Accents in England

“It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.” George Bernard Shaw, Preface to Pygmalion I am a bit late to the audiobook game, but I have recently been talking to a lovely and talented actress/narrator in England about my first novel, Teaching Eliza. Teaching… more goodness …

Aristocratic Titles in England

Aristocratic Titles in England

When reading Jane Austen and other historical novels or watching popular shows like Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, do you find the myriad of titles and forms of address to be confusing?  If so, you’re not alone! Aristocratic titles are notoriously baffling to most people.  With so many ranks, how does one know whether a viscount… more goodness …

Let’s Take a Look at Mr. Bingley

Let’s Take a Look at Mr. Bingley

I’ve been thinking a bit of Mr. Bingley lately. When I finished my surgery and the recovery time after, I spent quite a bit of time outlining future stories, and there was one in particular that deals with Mr. Bingley and his character. Let’s take a closer look at him, shall we? Mr. Bingley is,… more goodness …

A Bad Fall, a Broken Limb and a Regency Surgeon: Professor Colles and Me

A Bad Fall, a Broken Limb and a Regency Surgeon: Professor Colles and Me

Two months ago I slipped over treacherous dark ice, fell and broke my left wrist. I had never broken a bone before, so it was quite a shock. I had a distal radius fracture, one of the most common wrist injuries, and it wasn’t a pretty sight! When I fell, my skin didn’t break, but… more goodness …