Author: Alice McVeigh

  • The Perils and Pitfalls of “Writing Like Austen” (Part One)

    The Perils and Pitfalls of “Writing Like Austen” (Part One)

    I’m always being asked how I can write in Austen’s style. Trouble is, I don’t know how I do it. Though I suspect it has something to do with having been a professional ghostwriter for 15 years – and learning how to inhabit celeb’s/other writers’ voices – and something to do with being a musician…

  • Did Austen have ADHD? Or would that be Emma Woodhouse?

    Did Austen have ADHD? Or would that be Emma Woodhouse?

    It’s a little-known fact that a lot of novelists have ADHD (spoiler alert: me). And it’s a still lesser-known fact that, recently, many more people are winning diagnoses – women over forty, especially. This is because, when we were young, we were almost always either (a) too brilliant at “masking” it to be diagnosed –…

  • Malvern, cello-playing and BOOK GIVEAWAYS 

    Malvern, cello-playing and BOOK GIVEAWAYS 

    ‘Why bother?’ my husband Simon wanted to know, when I said that I had been asked to audition, in Worcester Cathedral no less, for the English Symphony Orchestra’s conductor and principal cellist. My own view was, ‘Why not?’ (Remember: I was young and keen then.) Also, when else was I going to get to play…

  • Do Regency Men “Really” Care for Nothing But Looks?

    Do Regency Men “Really” Care for Nothing But Looks?

    To begin with, here’s the excerpt from my prizewinning new release, Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, which was what first got me thinking about it. (Note: most of the book is from Mr Darcy’s diaries, but I allowed myself the variety of Mary’s notes to self at certain points. Here, she is musing on…

  • A Little “This” and a Little “That,” Courtesy of the Bingley Sisters + a Bit from Darcy, Himself

    A Little “This” and a Little “That,” Courtesy of the Bingley Sisters + a Bit from Darcy, Himself

    Excerpts demonstrating my “take” on the Bingley sisters, from my new novel by Alice McVeigh It amused me, in Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, to imagine Bingley’s sisters to be rather more differentiated than Austen imagined them… Caroline Bingley is still desperate for Darcy, but I imagined Louisa Hurst as rather more worldly, clever…

  • Why (yet another!!!) P&P starring Darcy? Or, What’s So Special about Darcy, Anyway?

    Why (yet another!!!) P&P starring Darcy? Or, What’s So Special about Darcy, Anyway?

    See Knightley’s podcast on “How to get the woman who loves you like a brother to fall for you” – top-rated on Spotify!!! To connect with Tilney, check out his webpage on www.winningwithstyleandwit.com!  So – what’s so great about Darcy? Well, since nobody asked, here’s my take. Nine out of ten Regency billionaires, having been…

  • Questions – and a Few Answers

    Questions – and a Few Answers

    Are you one of those Austen fans who are full of questions? (No, not questions about what was quite so excellent about the boiled potatoes. Mega-serious questions!) Questions, for example, such as why Lady Catherine WAS allowed to inherit Rosings when Mrs Bennet would NOT be allowed to inherit Longbourn… when they were equally female. …

  • My Father – and Mr Bennet

    My Father – and Mr Bennet

    My father – and Mr Bennet My father, whose birthday would have been today, died eighteen months ago. He was very like Mr Bennet, though blessed with a son, as well as daughters.  When I was alone with him at the end of the church, preparing to process down the aisle towards my then-fiancé and…

  • Baaaaaaad Reviews – and what to do about them

    Baaaaaaad Reviews – and what to do about them

    These are the good bad reviews. One can learn quite a lot from these – particularly when the same issues keep surfacing. Reviews like these led to my providing a cast-list for Harriet because, as everyone here on Always Austen will know, there are quite a lot of characters in Emma!  But then there are…

  • “Hmm, No Dragons”

    “Hmm, No Dragons”

    It was World Book Day and, as the local library was having an event, I was invited, along with other local writers, to sell paperbacks on the author’s tables.  I was game for a laugh. I like book signings. However, as we’d been invited to come as our “favourite literary character” I took a long…

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