I am a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, and lover of chocolate. I also happen to write Austen re-imaginings. This came rather late in life for me (my mid fifties), but it’s been a lot of fun, most especially because of all the great people I’ve met throughout the world.
What is your favourite fruit flavour? Peach
What is your favourite day of the week? Friday. Time to kick back.
Which is your favourite time of the day? 7:00 p.m. Dinner is over; the dishes are done. It’s time to watch baseball with my husband.
Are you a morning person or a night person? I seem to get a second wind in the evening.
What is your favourite breakfast meal? Mushroom omelette
What is your favourite colour and why? Blue – the color of the sky
Which is your most favourite book ever? Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, an American epic
What kind of music do you like? Country Western
Which is your favourite genre of films? Film noir
Which is your most favourite place in this Earth? Italy
Which animal would you want to be and why? Bear – I like to hibernate.
If you could have a luncheon with any 3 people (real or fictitious), who would you choose and why? Nelson Mandela, a hero of mine. Rick Blaine from Casablanca. His love story with Ilsa Lund is one of the best. Mr. Darcy – So many questions.
If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you ask for? Happiness for my family, that my husband outlive me, more civil political discourse
If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the 5 things that you would want to survive? Family photos, good books, clean underwear, shampoo, a motor boat
If you could be anyone, who would you be? Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist
What is the one thing you wish you could change in yourself? Not to worry so much
What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance? Go on a very long tour of Europe
What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a house for my sister and go on a very long tour of Europe
If you knew that this was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it? Holding hands with my husband and hugging my kids and grandkids
Were you a naughty kid or a nice kid? Nice - actually boringly nice
What was the happiest moment in your life? My wedding day
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Traveling about Europe
What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? Self-publish a novel that no one else had read
What is your definition of an incredible weekend? Holding hands with my husband on a bridge in Venice
Which is the best holidays you have ever had? Tour of Italy
Have you got a phobia you want to share? Claustrophobia and a fear of dentists
What makes you angry? Intolerance
What do you do when you feel sad? Cry—a lot
Who or what inspires you? People who have overcome hándicaps, such as the Olympic runner from South Africa; volunteers who put in the time; people who persevere despite adversity
My Jane Austen re-imaginings, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, A Wife for Mr. Darcy, For All the Wrong Reasons, and Captain Wentworth Home from the Sea are “what if” stories. What if Anne and Georgiana played a prominent role in bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together? What if Mr. Darcy apologized after the Meryton Assembly. What if Elizabeth agreed to an arranged marriage with Mr. Darcy, and what if Captain Wentworth suffered a head injury and didn’t remember his first proposal to Anne Elliot? Although the protagonists find themselves in different situations, they remain true to Austen’s characters.
In Darcy on the Hudson, Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy, Searching for Pemberley, and the soon-to-be released Darcy Goes to War, I drop the story into important historical eras: the eve of the War of 1812 in New York, post World War I, post World War II, and World War II.
I also like to have fun with Austen’s characters: A Walk in the Meadows in Rosings Park and The Language of the Fan are light-hearted tales, and Anne Elliot, A New Beginning is a parody of
One of my favorite novels is Mr. Darcy’s Bite, in which our hero is a werewolf, and Elizabeth must decide is she can love a man who becomes a creature of the night for two days out of every lunar month. It really is a story about acceptance. I’m currently working on a sequel to Mr. Darcy’s Bite that I hope to have out by Halloween.
When I am not writing Jane Austen re-imaginings, I write mysteries, including the newly released Three’s A Crowd, and the upcoming A Killing in Kensington which feature Patrick Shea, a detective at Scotland Yard.
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