Thank you for the encouragement and feedback I got a few months ago on my Emma/Pride and Prejudice crossover! That project is nearing completion–after being sidelined for a while–and I am excited to get it ready for publication. It will be called From Highbury with Love and will be available on Amazon on April 21. It also may or may not be the beginning of a duo or trilogy–I’m getting that antsy feeling that there may be more. But without further ado…
When Lizzy Bennet spends the winter in Highbury, it will be anything but the dull visit she expects, particularly with Mr. Darcy visiting his friend Mr. Knightley. Lizzy will (verbally) duel with Emma over Harriet Smith’s future, she will discover secret love letters to Jane Fairfax, and she will be the unwelcome witness to Lady Catherine warning Emma not to think of Mr. Darcy! It is a carousel of mistaken gossip, repressed emotions, and fateful decisions. How will the new knots ever be untangled?
I did get a bit stuck on this book in December. The 2/3rds mark for any story is always the danger point for me. I feel like I’m climbing a mountain and the snow is falling and there’s a steep drop behind me and… what on Earth am I doing? I should probably go back, right?!
Each step forward in the story–each sentence!–feels like straining forward in hip-deep snow. If I am not very careful, I can be easily persuaded to give up at that stage. Does anyone else have that problem? I know the process is different for different writers, but that is my choke point. Nothing is more appealing than a blank page, but that last push to the climax nearly kills me. But then, once I get past that and into the actual climax, I am happy as a clam and my fingers usually run on wheels.
Anyway, thankfully I’ve done this a few times, so when I hit that point with From Highbury, I just set it aside for a few weeks (weeks I knew would be extra stressful on their own) and now I’m picking it back up to finish with renewed pleasure.
On a side note, I don’t usually post about my science fiction projects here, but I just published a short novel in that genre inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest! My sister (knowing I am into retellings, but being an avid scifi reader herself) suggested I set The Tempest on Mars and that germ of an idea took off. It ended up being quite unlike The Tempest (much more like a meeting of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian, with less language), but my main characters are Miranda, Caleb (Caliban), and Ero (Prospero), so it’s still there if you squint.
This just goes to show that writing Jane Austen variations is a slippery slope to all manner of strange things!
Happy Thursday to you all,