I started writing Mistaken waaaaaay back in 2012. In the seven years since, I have rewritten it more times that I'd ever like to acknowledge, edited out enough words to constitute an entire second novel, published it twice, had two separate covers designed, and sold more copies than I ever expected was possible. Now, barring … Continue reading Mistaken is an Audiobook!
I'm delighted to announce that "Mistaken" is back and available to buy or borrow on Amazon as an ebook! Re-edited for 2019 release, this publication includes new and extended scenes and an all-new epilogue. Happy reading, "Mistaken" fans!
This post was originally posted at Austenesque Reviews, but I'm sharing here for my readers to enjoy as well. Rational Creatures is a new anthology from the Quill Ink Collective that celebrates Austen’s female characters and explores the ways in which they challenged the social mores of their time. One of Austen’s greatest achievements was creating characters … Continue reading Letters from the Drawing Board
But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days. —Persuasion Jane Austen: True romantic or rational creature? Her novels transport us back to the Regency, a time … Continue reading Rational Creatures Blurb
Mistaken is a Pride and Prejudice variation, the most obvious difference being to Jane Bennet's character. The change wasn't arbitrary. She doesn't begin as a wholly unrecognisable person, but alters gradually and plausibly as a result of differing external influences to those with which Austen presented her. The decision to test her strength of character in this … Continue reading Taking Jane Bennet for a Walk in Darcy’s Shoes
At over 300,000 words, Mistaken was a tad long when I finished writing it. Something had to go if I didn't want to rival Tolstoy for page count. The first things to be axed were the dream scenes. I do love a good dream sequence; you can show so much about a character's innermost thoughts … Continue reading Dreams and Desires: A Mistaken Vignette
This vignette was originally posted on Austenesque Reviews as part of my blog tour, but I'm sharing it here as well for fans of Mistaken to enjoy. Wednesday, 29 July 1812: Derbyshire “Why not?” Darcy repeated, his stride lengthening with Elizabeth’s every objection. “I simply prefer to walk.” She hastened her steps to bring herself abreast with … Continue reading A Horse is a Horse: A Mistaken Vignette
These deleted scenes, showing Mr. Bennet's increasing amusement with Bingley’s indecisive attempts at courtship, were originally shared at Babblings of a Bookworm as part of my blog tour. I'm sharing them here as well for fans of Mistaken to enjoy. Thursday, 28 May 1812: Hertfordshire Mr. Bennet halted his amble to the library mid-stride, leant backwards, and peered … Continue reading Mr. Bennet is Bemused: A Mistaken Vignette
This afterthought on prologues was originally posted at So Little Time... as part of my blog tour. I'm sharing it here as well for fans of Mistaken to enjoy. Mistaken has had a chequered history with prologues, and has boasted more than one over the course of its life, none of which survived the final edit. The … Continue reading Mistaken Prologue, in More Ways Than One
This little rumination on writing techniques was originally posted on From Pemberley to Milton as part of my blog tour. I'm posting it here as well for fans of Mistaken to enjoy. As the title suggests, there is a fair amount of misunderstanding between all the major protagonists (and occasionally the reader, too) in my Austen inspired novel. Of … Continue reading Pride, Prejudice & Point of View