Category: Research

  • This Special Time of Year

    This Special Time of Year

    Hello friends! It’s December and I thought I would take this moment to give you a glimpse of myself. Most everyone loves this time of year regardless of your religious traditions. It seems almost ingrained in the human experience to love the cold and dark days at the end of December (at least for the…

  • Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime

    Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime

    Several people of late have asked me of Austen and self-publishing, especially as many JAFF writers self-publish their books. I was fortunate to have come to the genre when traditional publishers had taken note of the trend. They scooped up several of us who were attempting to self publish our books on sites, many of…

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Influence on “Mr. Darcy and the Designing Woman”

    Thomas Jefferson’s Influence on “Mr. Darcy and the Designing Woman”

    Thomas Jefferson is best known for writing the Declaration of Independence, but what other “credits” might we attribute to him? He was also a scientist, an inventor, an architect, and even a philosopher. “The papers of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), diplomat, architect, scientist, and third president of the United States, held in the Library of Congress…

  • Jane Austen’s Many Mary Sues and An Unworthy Hero

    Jane Austen’s Many Mary Sues and An Unworthy Hero

    Captain Wentworth is the worst Austen hero and I think he’s wholly unworthy of Anne Elliot. Okay, now that I have your attention and possibly your anger, Hi! If you’re new here, I’m the blogger who likes to say wildly unpopular things for the sake of discussion. It’s my personal toxic trait. My long-suffering husband…

  • Building a Better Pemberley for “Mr. Darcy and the Designing Woman” – Celebrate the Book’s Release with a Giveaway

    Building a Better Pemberley for “Mr. Darcy and the Designing Woman” – Celebrate the Book’s Release with a Giveaway

    Today, my latest Austen-related book, Mr. Darcy and the Designing Woman, releases. It has been the work of many days, and those of you who have read it already know there was a great deal of research involved to have the “special bits” of the story accurate. If you are interested in reading the other…

  • You Say a White Soup Served…Cold?

    You Say a White Soup Served…Cold?

    I am certain many dishes, much like revenge, are best-served cold. I can readily think of two: fruit salad and cucumber sandwiches. I cannot, however, force my brain into thinking that soup is best served cold. A mug of homemade soup or stew on a cold winter’s day is a favorite choice. Therefore, I wince…

  • A Gathering of Friends

    A Gathering of Friends

    At the beginning of this month I had the joy of attending the JAFF Reader Writer Get Together in Washington, D.C. What fun! I reconnected with old friends, made new ones, heard lots of new stories in progress, and learned a TON! I thought you might enjoy hearing about it too. If you’ve never been…

  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and ready for what autumn and winter has in store for all of us. I love discovering the meaning or origins of names.  For example, “Melanie” is Greek, a goddess who mourned all winter for the return of spring. As I was born in April, it fits. I…

  • 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 –…

  • Cozy Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery for Friday, the 13th

    Cozy Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery for Friday, the 13th

    The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery was my sixth Jane Austen book. It was originally released in 2010 by Ulysses Press. As Ulysses no longer publishes fiction stories, I had my rights to the book returned to me. I re-released it to a new audience of Austen fans with a new cover and…

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