Since I am finally submitting to your many requests for a newsletter, I decided to start it out on my birthday. It’s a brand new year for me and my writing journey, and you are invited to come along.
Before I begin, I must tell you how truly humbled I am that you are interested in hearing from me on a regular basis and in following my work. When I first started writing, I doubted I would ever publish. Once I published, I doubted I would find an audience. Now, I am tickled by the positive feedback I have received.
So, I am sure you want to know what is happening and what you can expect to see coming down the pike. First, I hope you have picked up your free gift of 12 Months of Darcy and you enjoyed the brief scenes. It was fun reading through Pride and Prejudice again and imagining what things might have happened that we didn’t get to see. If you have not subscribed to my newsletter and received the link to collect this free offer, just click HERE.
In January 2019, I listed projects that I hoped to see completed in the coming years on my Austen Authors blog. Of the five projects I listed, one has been completed, one has been tossed, one is in the works, two have been returned to the shelf, and two new ideas have been added. (Now you understand why I rarely plan so far ahead. 😉 ) So, let’s review:
Mrs. Collins’ Lover was released in August 2019. For those of you who have read this, you know it was an emotional roller-coaster. Though it told Elizabeth and Darcy’s story in detail, it left a lot of questions open to you, the reader, regarding their children. Because of this, I have decided to write a sequel and answer those questions (new project #1). That said, I must finish my current project before I can begin this new one.
The non-Austen suspense romance story has been tossed for the time being. It is a bit too dated and needs more work than I am willing to give it at this time. The characters still resonate with me, so I hope to receive enlightenment on what to do with that in the future.
My current project is Missing Jane. You can read an excerpt in the blog link above. I was moving along fairly quickly, but got a bit sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic and this newsletter. I promise to get back on track next week. By the next newsletter the beginning of July, I should have definite information on the publishing schedule, if not before.
The last two stories that I mentioned in January 2019 are still with us, but not ready to be worked at this time. Instead, I will be working on the sequel I mentioned above and a non-fiction project that has weighed on me for some time.
My father passed in March 2014 just after his 90th birthday. For over twenty years, people had told him he should write his life story. Several, including me, had offered to help. Alas, this was not his dream and it remained unwritten when he passed, though he did put it in my hands to “gather everyone together to tell the stories and write them down.”
I battled with myself on how to do this until I finally realized it was an impossible feat. Instead, I am putting together a story of how his life touched, directed, and/or affected me and others around him. The title will be In My Father’s Footsteps and, as any labor of love, it may take a bit longer to write.
So, that is all I have for now. If you want to know what I’m reading or see my reviews on books, just follow me on GoodReads. I love to hear from you, so feel free to drop me a note, or better yet, comment below.
Until we talk again, stay home, stay safe, and keep on reading!