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!
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
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
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart, and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a superior wit, flawed judgement, and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character, and the unenviable distinction of … Continue reading Mistaken Blurb
This photo epitomises everything I love about the Regency era. It was taken by my 4 x great uncle, Roger Fenton, some time in the mid 19th century. In reality, there were a lot of grim things about the Regency and early Victorian eras that could kill a romance dead at the first honest mention of … Continue reading Fishing in Top Hats
By day he was a gentleman, all good and rich and proper, He wore the latest fashions – a sartorial show-stopper. He could handle well a curricle, ride his stallion at full speed, He attended church on Sundays and all but pissed Noblesse Oblige. His house was grand, his fortune large, he was, in all, … Continue reading Mr Darcy: Superhero