Hello! It’s me, Christine Combe, and I am a new member here at Austen Authors. I’m really honored to have been asked to join this amazing group of writers who love Austenesque literature.
A little bit about me… Christine Combe is not my real name, but a pseudonym. I created it with the intention of keeping my JAFF work separate from my contemporary work, as the latter has more erotic content, and I decided before I even began writing my first JAFF book that I would do my best to keep the heat behind closed doors, as Jane Austen herself did. Christine is a play on my real name (Christina), and Combe comes from an estate mentioned in the first novel I wrote a variation of, Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby’s Combe Magna, though I pronounce it “comb” instead of “coom”).
How did I get into JAFF? you might be wondering. Well, I remember having read a number of variations over several years (Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange was one of the first), and each time I wondered how the authors could get away with using Jane Austen’s characters without getting sued for copyright infringement. About four years ago, mid- to late-2017 (or thereabouts), I finally took myself to the internet to look it up. Through this research, I learned that all of Jane Austen’s works are in the public domain, how the public domain works, and how it was, in fact, legal to use characters from books in the public domain in one’s own story. This revelation, coupled with reading various articles I came across in my research that stated Colonel Brandon married the wrong Dashwood sister, led to me saying to myself, “I could write that book.”
So I did. From there, my first JAFF novel, The Correction of Folly, was born — I wrote the colonel as realizing that he was attracted to Marianne only because she reminded him of his first love, and that Elinor was really a much better choice. Once he realized that, he quickly fell genuinely in love with Elinor, who in turn took her belief that one day she would be happy without Edward (while he would probably be miserable with Lucy) truly to heart. Though she took a lot longer than Colonel Brandon to realize she had fallen in love with him, she got there in the end — and they had a few surprising twists and turns to get through before they had their happy ending!
On May 5 of this year, I published my second JAFF novel, Choice and Consequence. Following TCoF as book two in the What Might Have Been series, I went from a Sense and Sensibility variation to a Pride and Prejudice variation. Where book 1 started the day the Dashwood sisters arrived in London with Mrs. Jennings, book 2 actually starts about two weeks before the first Meryton assembly. What Might Have Been, as a series, will have crossovers between all of Austen’s complete novels — as Darcy, Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam had made an appearance in book 1, Colonel Brandon, Elinor, and Marianne made an appearance in book 2. Each book will be connected in one way or another with each of the rest. Will I cover all six of the complete novels? I don’t know, but I will try!
Since C&C went on sale, I have started my third JAFF novel. Taking a break from my series, I’ve decided to work on a standalone P&P variation that I’ve had summarized on my computer for a long while now. So far it’s coming along splendidly. I’ve been energized by the success of my second book, and am hoping to have this third one finished in a month or so, so that I can get back to my series for book 3. After that? Who knows where the Muse will take me!
Thanks for stopping by Austen Authors today to get to know a little bit about me. I so look forward with getting to know our followers here, and getting new Austenesque goodness out there for all of you to read!