Diane Parkinson (writing as Diane Scott Lewis) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen and has written and edited free-lance since high school. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and worked as a historical editor for The Wild Rose Press from 2007 to 2010. Her first novel, The False Light, a French Revolution historical adventure with romantic elements, was released in April 2010. Her second novel, Elysium, was released in April 2011. This adventure, with mystery and romance, takes place on St. Helena during Napoleon’s exile. Her sequel to The False Light, Without Refuge, was released in March 2012.
She lives with her husband and dachshund in Locust Grove, VA.
Barbara Gaskell Denvil
B.G. Denvil was born in England and grew up amongst artists and authors. She began writing at a young age. She has published numerous short stories and articles and worked as an editor, book critic, and reader for publishers and television companies. Her first marriage produced three lovely daughters but ended with the death of her husband.
Many adventures later, she met and married an Italian gentleman and spent 16 glorious years with him exploring Europe and sailing the Mediterranean. When he died she needed a place of solace and moved to rural Australia to begin writing full length novels for the first time. What began as her solace is now her passion.
With a delight in medieval history dating back to her youth, Barbara began to research the wicked King Richard III, but she quickly discovered the fascination of looking past Tudor propaganda to discover the real man. She now writes principally on this era, setting her fiction in 15th century England.She also writes fantasy, though this tends to be dark and adult, not fitting the mold of those fantasy genres popular today... no elves, fairies, vampires or evil wizards attempting to overthrow the empire.
Barbara has published 3 novels and is currently working on her 4th.
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M.M. Bennetts studied Mediaeval and Modern History at Boston University and then at the University of St. Andrews, before making a name as a longtime book critic for The Christian Science Monitor, specialising in history and historical and literary fiction.
Sometime along the way, the author strayed from the confines of Quattrocento Italian history into that of late 18th and early 19th century Britain and Europe and has not looked back since. Now a specialist in the period, with a particular interest in the Napoleonic wars and British politics and foreign policy, Bennetts has written two novels, May 1812 and Of Honest Fame.
An avid cross country rider, Bennetts is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having regularly performed music of the period.
The author lives in the south of England and is just as publicity-phobic as this brief biography would lead you to believe. Still, having lately concluded that it mightn't be a bad thing to be an author, Bennetts is now at work on a third novel set in 1813-14, titled Or Fear of Peace.
Deborah used to work as a set and costume designer for film and TV, and later as a freelance lecturer in theatre arts. Historical fiction was a natural choice for her as a writer because she has always enjoyed the research aspect of her work in theatre, not to mention the attraction of boned bodices and the excuse to visit old and interesting buildings.
She lives in the glorious countryside close to the Lake District, home to the romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, in a house which used to be an old school.
Deborah is the author of The Lady's Slipper (out now) and The Gilded Lily (Sept 2012)
Deborah's Writing Blog
Deborah's Royalty Free Fiction Blog
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While it’s taken 34 years for me to complete the four volumes of Montfort, an historical novel on the life of Simon de Montfort, who lived an excruciatingly eventful life and who founded England’s Parliament in 1258, I’ve written other things in the interim. Chiefly performance pieces: screenplays, stage plays and radio plays on Columbus, Cesare Borgia, George and Martha Washington, Poe, Joaquin Murietta (the inspiration for Zorro), Johnny Mitchell (coal mining in 1900) and a nun, Soeur Placide de Poyanne who helped rescue the Belgian National Treasure during WWII. Most of these were commissions. Research is research after all.
Montfort The Early Years 1229 to 1243
Montfort The Viceroy 1243 to 1253
Montfort The Revolutionary 1253 toi 1260
Montfort The Angel with the Sword 1260 to 1265
Simon de Montfort Website
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Elizabeth Chadwick can remember telling herself stories from the age of 3, but she never wrote any of them down until she was 15 when she fell in love with a tall, dark, handsome knight in a children’s TV programme. What began as a piece of fan fiction, very swiftly morphed into a full length novel and was accompanied by an abiding passion for the Middle Ages. As she wrote that first novel, Elizabeth realised she had found what she wanted to do for a living. It took her another 17 years of apprenticeship and 7 rejections, but eventually perseverance paid off and her 8th novel The Wild Hunt was spotted by a top London literary agent. The novel went on to win a major UK award, which was presented by HRH the Prince of Wales at Whitehall. Elizabeth has written another 19 novels since then, 5 of which have been shortlisted for awards. The Scarlet Lion was nominated by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of the 10 best historical novels of the decade, and her latest paperback To Defy A King, has just won the Romantic Novelists Association 2011 award for Best Historical Novel. She is currently writing 3 major novels on Eleanor of Aquitaine under contract to her UK publishers Sphere, and Sourcebooks USA are continuing to publish her backlist while waiting for the Eleanor novels. She is particularly known for her ability to bring the past to life via her in depth research across many disciplines, especially the unique psychic time travel strand.
Elizabeth's References Blog
Elizabeth's Soundtracks Blog
Alienor of Aquitaine Blog
To Defy a King Blog
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Karen Wasylowski, Chicago native and retired CPA, is now living in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Her first novel, “Darcy and Fitzwilliam,’ a continuation of the Jane Austen masterpiece, "Pride and Prejudice," is published by Sourcebooks Landmark. Unlike any other Jane Austen sequels, 'Darcy and Fitzwilliam' is a ‘bromance’. It is the story of cousins Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam, their friendship, their competition and their ladies.
Karen and her husband Rich spend their free time volunteering with a literacy program which provides free English and Reading instruction to individuals at or below the poverty level, the Project Light organization of Manatee County, .
The Wasylowski's dog’s name is Darcy (what else?)
The League of British Artists
Karen Wasylowski Blog...But I Digress
STEPHANIE COWELL was born in New York City and fell madly in love with England when very young. She made a career as a soprano in opera and concert before turning to writing. Stephanie published three English historical novels (Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest, The Physician of London [American Book Award 1996], and The Players: A Novel of the Young Shakespeare; these were followed by Marrying Mozart (drawn from her love of singing Mozart) and Claude and Camille: a novel of Monet. She is back to England with her two novels-in-progress: the love story of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and a novel set in Glastonbury 1537.
I have always been fascinated by English History. After teaching it, I decided to try my hand at writing historical fiction, and relocation gave me the spur. I live in an eighteenth century timbered cottage in the Welsh Marches on the borders of England and Wales, a wild, beautiful place renowned for its black and white houses, ruined castles and priories and magnificent churches. Steeped in history, famous people and bloody deeds, as well as ghosts and folklore, the Marches provide inspiration for my growing interest in all things medieval.
Anne wrote The Virgin Widow and Devil's Consort/Queen Defiant (same book, different titles for the UK/US markets.)
Anne's Book (UK)
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An avid reader, Lauren Gilbert was introduced to English authors early in life (from classic literature such as PERSUASION by Jane Austen and JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte, to period romances by Margaret Campbell Barnes, Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy/Philippa Carr (all one person!) and Georgette Heyer, and to the mysteries of Dorothy Sayers, Patricia Wentworth and Agatha Christie). Lauren is fascinated by England and its history, and multiple visits to England have only heightened her interest. A member of JASNA since about 2001, she attended the Annual General Meetings in Los Angeles in 2004, and Vancouver, BC, CA in 2007, and will participate in the up-coming Annual General Meeting in Ft. Worth. Her first book, HEYERWOOD: A Novel was released in 5/2011.
Grace Elliot lives near London, where she works as a veterinarian. By night, Grace writes historical romance, much to the delight of her five cats - all vying for lap space. Her debut novel, ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ was described as “historical romance at it’s best” by The Romance Reviews. Grace’s second book, ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, is another Regency romance and due for release November 2011. Also in November, Grace’s non-fiction book ‘Cat Pies – Feline Related Historical Trivia’, will be available.
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Peter St John was born in London, at a time when worthless shares, and workless men littered the streets. His baptismal gift from two of the apostles became unliveable in a church-run orphanage destroyed in 1940 by Hitler's blitz. He was evacuated from the ruins to the countryside, where the Nazi aim again missed by a hair's breadth.
"Grammar" school was "Granpa" school: young men at battle replaced by oldies... and bright young women. As an eager Air Force pilot, Peter navigated the winds, envied the birds, and learned the "arts" of war.
Back in civvy street, Peter discovered marriage, fatherhood and Australia, He
studied engineering and put letters after his name. Aimed for the moon at Woomera, but hit the rusty desert instead. It's bloody hot, mate, in the sun; bloody cold at night. It's bloody deadly too sometimes, but strewth, so bloody lovely.
Came Sputnik, and the Cold War space-race. Peter rocketed to lend a hand
in Europe, and discovered Paris, languages, and ELDO*. An office on three
continents; one in sweltering French Guyana. Who'd volunteer for Devil's Island except to rocket into space? But Europe's leap to orbit was crippled by political irresolution.** So back in Australia, Peter daily took "the liberty boat from shore" to reach the Navy's concrete HQ "ship" in Canberra. But the bold project for which he strove, never saw the sea. His ship was again scuttled by politics. Disgruntled and unemployed Peter set off for Parliament House, where miraculously he was offered a job helping Senators peer critically over Government's shoulder, and bring Parliament's Standing Committees to the people. Heady stuff. And then the PM asked him to join his staff! But soon the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva called, requesting participation in strengthening parliamentary democracy around the world. Six challenging years for Peter...
And so to fiction, with his first novel published in 2007, followed now by seven more. At bottom, fiction is founded on fact, but for Peter, the wondrous reality of life escapes the written word. The will strives, but how to write it?
* The long-defunct European Launcher Development Organisation.
**Subsequently re-activated as the European Space Agency with the highly
successful "Ariane" project.
The following titles are published as Amazon Kindle editions:
Gang Territory; Gang Warfare; Gang Rivalry; Gang Loyalty; Gang Petition; Gang Spies; Triple Agent; Siberian Summer.
Note that Gang Territory, Gang Warfare, Gang Rivalry, and Siberian Summer, have also been published in paperback. They are currently out of print but are still featured (including used copies) in Amazon's catalogue.
Wanda’s great passion for British Literature was born in her youth from the stories
spun by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. The old-world vocabulary and sentence
construction, as well as the historical settings and storylines of their books, held a strong enchantment for her, an affection that followed her into adulthood and has now propelled her into a great love for writing in the Regency Era.
Wanda began life in California, grew up in Nevada, and now lives in Bountiful,
Utah with her husband. She is quite certain she was born with a book in her hand
and has been an avid reader from the beginning. After three indecisive years in
college unsuccessfully trying to choose a major, Wanda accepted an opportunity to
live in Germany. She lived there for one and a half years had what she calls one of
the great experiences of her life. Wanda returned to the U.S. and three years later
received her B.A. in German Literature.
After her lifetime love affair with English Historical Fiction, Wanda one day
thought it would be fun to try and pen a few opening lines to a Regency-era novel.
One line became ten, ten twenty, twenty a page and pretty soon, she found herself
hooked on a great adventure. Twelve submissions for publication returned two
offers and nearly three.
Last June, Wanda’s first Regency was published and has received a great deal of
praise for its similarity of style and syntax to that of Jane Austen. Although Wanda
will not make that claim herself, she works hard to have some hint of the Regency-
era tone in her writing.
At present Wanda is completing the revision process on her second, but still-
unnamed, Regency. She loves to hear from her readers and hopes you will visit her
blog, where every Wednesday she posts a snippet from her work-in-progress.
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Richard was born in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and lives in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. He works as a General Practitioner with a North Birmingham practice. He is married with two children.
Richard is a Young Adult Historical Fiction and Historical Fantasy writer. His two historical periods are 6th to 7th Century Dark Age Northumbria and the 17th Century.
Mike was a lawyer in Bristol for thirty years before retiring with his wife to live in Spain in 2003. He then spent five years researching his collection of old family papers, many of them dating back to the 1700s. This led to the publication of the Journal of a Georgian Gentleman in 2011 – the story of his ancestor who was a hosier at One London Bridge.
Mike now spends part of his time in Spain and part in the UK on the edge of Dartmoor. He has two daughters and five grandchildren all of whom live in the West Country. He lectures on life in the 18th Century as well as posting four or five times a week on his blog-site on different aspects of the eighteenth century. He is happy to receive inquiries either about giving talks, or about the book, via mikeandphil dot rendell (at) gmail dot com.
Mike's Book (UK)
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Katherine is an author of historical novels, primarily of London 1660’s, with one
French Revolution novel. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and lives in
Seattle WA USA. She is interested in being on stage, singing in the opera or in a musical, traveling and exploring life to its fullest. Her favorite movies are mostly period pieces that show correct costumes/set and Hollywood classics of the 30’s and 40’s. Her favorite music is eclectic: Soft Jazz, Classical, the Beatles,
Beethoven’s 7th, Mozart and Celtic. Katherine likes to read historical nonfiction of 17th Century, Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, Dumas, Count of Monte Cristo, Thomas Hardy’s works and Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land.
Katherine is the author of 2012 EPIC Finalist: Twins (A Melancholy Tale of Affection) London 1661, Viola, A Woeful Tale of Marriage (London 1660) and coming Dec 2011: The First Apostle, set during the French Revolution
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Judith Arnopp lives on a Welsh smallholding that has views across the Cledlyn Valley to Llanwnni Mountain. They used to keep a lot of animals but now that Judith has turned her attention to writing full time, just three ancient ponies and a couple of Jack Russells remain.
Once her children were old enough Judith returned to education and enrolled at the University of Wales, Lampeter to study for a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA in Medieval History. She now combines all those skills to write historical fiction.
Her historical novels are written from a female perspective, The Song of Heledd set in 7th Century Powys, Peaceweaver and The Forest Dwellers in the years encompassing the Norman Conquest and Dear Henry and The Winchester Goose set in the Tudor period. Judith is currently working on her fifth novel, The Kiss of the Concubine which tells the story of Anne Boleyn from a wholly new perspective.
Peaceweaver: ISBN: 978-1849234771 Also on Kindle
The Forest Dwellers: ISBN: 978-1-908603-63-0 Also on Kindle
The Song of Heledd: ISBN: 978-1-78176-155-7 Also on Kindle
Dear Henry: ISBN: 978-1781763261 Also on Kindle
The Winchester Goose : ISBN: 978-1782990192 Also available on Kindle.
Judith’s Writing Group
Judith’s Books (UK)
Judith’s Books (US)
Nancy Bilyeau is a writer and magazine editor who has worked on the staffs of "Rolling Stone," "Entertainment Weekly" and "Good Housekeeping." Her debut novel,"The Crown," is a thriller set in Tudor England. Simon & Schuster's Touchstone will publish the "The Crown" in January 2012. Orion publishes it in February 2012, followed by Germany, Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands. A native of Michigan, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Nancy is the author of The Crown.
Blog: Nancy and Sam Thomas
Sam Thomas is a professor of history at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and author of historical fiction. His first novel, The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery, will be released by Minotaur/St. Martins in 2012. Friend him on Facebook or Twitter.
Regina Jeffers is the author of several Jane Austen adaptations, as well as Regency romance, including Darcy's Passions, Darcy's Temptation, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion, Vampire Darcy's Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, Christmas at Pemberley, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Cashémere, and The First Wives' Club. She considers herself a Janeite and spends much of her free time with the Jane Austen Society of North America and AustenAuthors.net. A teacher for 39 years, Regina Jeffers is a Time Warner Star Teacher Award winner, a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, a Columbus Educator Award winner, and a guest panelist for the Smithsonian. She has served on various national educational committees and is often sought as a media literacy consultant.
Regina's books include Darcy's Passions, Darcy's Temptation, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion, Vampire Darcy's Desire, The Phamtom of Pemberley, Christmas at Pemberley, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Cashémere, The First Wives' Club, Honor and Hope, Second Chances: The Courtship Wars
Regina's Books (US)
Regina's Books (UK)
An award-winning author of novels, short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, Linda Collison has published in a variety of literary, commercial, and trade publications. She has enjoyed a composite career combining freelance writing with nursing and raising children --and an odd collection of part time jobs including shoemaker, waitress, ghost writer, and skydiving instructor.
With her husband Robert Russell, Collison has sailed thousands of miles on various vessels, including Topaz, a Luders-36 sloop. In 1999 Linda and Robert served three weeks as voyage crew aboard Endeavour, a replica of Captain James Cook's 18th-century ship. It was during the crossing from Vancouver to Hawaii that the idea for the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series was born, as well as an enduring fascination with maritime history.
Star-Crossed, Collison’s first novel (Alfred A. Knopf; 2006) was chosen by The New York Public Library to be among the Books for the Teen Age -- 2007. (One of her unpublished novels, With a Little Luck, had no luck at all finding a publisher but was awarded top honors at the erstwhile Maui Writers Convention in 1996.)
Linda professes to be a lifelong student of history, human nature, and language. “Through writing I can discover who I am. I can explore the past and the future; who I might have been (or will be) in another time.”
Linda's Books (US)
Linda's Books (UK)
Lucinda Brant is a Secondary School History and Geography teacher who lives her free time in the Eighteenth Century, at the English Court of George the Third and at the French Court of Louis XV. A prize-winning novelist, Lucinda has been twice a finalist for the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year and is the
author of the highly acclaimed Roxton Series (NOBLE SATYR, MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE, AUTUMN DUCHESS) and a Georgian Crimance (Crime with lashings of romance) series DEADLY ENGAGEMENT and DEADLY AFFAIR. Her stand alone Georgian Historical Romance SALT BRIDE and AUTUMN DUCHESS were both awarded 5 star Top Pick – Keeper Shelf by Night Owl Reviews.
Maggi Andersen lives with her husband, a retired lawyer and their cat, in the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands near Sydney, Australia. Maggi has a BA and an MA in Creative Writing. She writes historical romance, romantic suspense and young adult novels. Maggi’s historicals are set in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods. When not writing, she enjoys the garden, reads, visits the gym, swims, loves a good movie and the theatre.
Maggi's books include: Stirring Passions, How to Tame a Rake, An Improper Lover, Surrender to Destiny, Rules of Conduct, Night Garden, Love and War, Regency Buck Anthology and Hostage to Fortune
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I’m currently writing books set in Regency England according to Jane Austen. She’s my favourite author and my main inspiration when it comes to my Regency endeavours. I greatly admire her elegant style of narration, her wit, irony, and that simple yet exciting charm of her prose. I’m in love with half of her gentlemen and wish to be friends with many of her ladies.
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember myself and I’ve tried my hand in quite a number of genres – poems, songs, essays, short stories, fairy-tales, fanfiction, diaries – before I finally realized that it was novel-writing that I wanted to pursue.
At the moment I’m working on two epistolary projects: a novel from the hero’s point of view and a novella that I post on my blog every Wednesday. And, while almost all of my story-ideas are Regency-set, I now have in my possession a plot for a Victorian novel complete with a sweet yet poor heroine, wealthy but misguided hero and a famous detective involved.
Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest Skit. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly.)
Marie is married to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, where she has lived her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
You can email her at email@example.com.
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Felicia Rogers born and raised in the southern part of the United States is a Christian wife and mother. She is just your average, ordinary woman, with a side interest-- writing.
For eleven years, every waking moment of her life was consumed with changing diapers, wiping noses, and kissing scrapes. But now that her children have grown and she enjoys a modicum of freedom, in addition to taking care of hearth and home, she writes! She enjoys adding a flavor of realism and humor to her all too real romance stories. For what is love without a little laughter!
Felicia' book, soon to be released, is There Your Heart Will Be Also.
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Jenna loves everything about the Victorian age, which is why she started writing novels set in that period. She began writing at the tender age of thirty years old whilst commuting into London. She loves writing and researching into the Victorian Era, adding to her huge pile of books regularly. She now lives in Devon with her family in a quaint (and sometimes drafty) English cottage.
Jenna's Books (UK)
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A magazine editor and writer, Tim lives in Maine in the USA with his wife and three sons and the family dog, a black lab who is always on the wrong side of the door! His house is a stone's throw from the ocean and when the mist rolls in or during snowy winter nights, Tim can hear the fog horns from three lighthouses bleating their warnings to mariners on the Atlantic.
Tim teaches celestial navigation both ashore and on tall ships, has made a few short films and is an offshore sailor with thousands of ocean miles. For Tim, however, the greatest adventure takes place in the imagination. It was was just such a foray into the unknown that led to his historical novel, George in London, a humorous account of 19-year-old George Washington's wild trip to London in 1751 to seek his fortune.
Tim's Comical Newspaper
Tim's comic historical novel, George in London is available at Amazon US and Amazon.co.uk
Although she grew up in Durham, North Carolina, Teresa was born, and has lived most of her life in Northeast Tennessee. Intrigued by the Regency era of English history as portrayed by the inimitable Georgette Heyer, Teresa wrote her first novel, A Very Merry Chase, at age 20—and spent the next 35 years obsessively rewriting it as she explored other genres. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, space operas, paranormals, revisionist fairy tales and mythologies, stories for storytellers, and a screenplay about a female pirate all followed...and promptly found their way into the obscure privacy of a succession of carefully guarded C drives. Time passed as time tends to do, and along the way Teresa introduced late night horror shows as a Southern Belle vampire, sold gemstones on home shopping channel, earned a B.A. and M.A. in history with a special—albeit haphazard—concentration in women's studies, raised two sons, and settled into a career as an HR Director. In October 2010 she finally published the Regency romance she first wrote all those years ago, and began the process of editing all the other stories and novels that she's kept hidden away for so long. In December 2011 she published Shadows In A Timeless Myth, a Historical/Paranormal Romance/Horror Novel that she originally began writing in the summer of 86.
Teresa's Regency Blog
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When Sense and Sensibility was first released, it was debuted to the Public as ‘a New Novel by a Lady—’; some weeks later it had transformed into an ‘Interesting Novel by Lady A—’. Rarely does this pseudonym—created by the Regency’s beau monde for Jane Austen—get a mention in the otherwise well-known Bard of Bath’s history, but it was this very enigma that attracted me to it. I am, after all, also just a lady, secluded somewhere in the country, trying to create unique, ‘comedy-of-manners’ novels, in the wry abandon of anonymity. To which end, I offer you a little biography.
I wouldn’t declare, emphatically or otherwise, that I am a Janeite. I am, rather, an ardent admirer of that lady’s willful success against the patriarchal odds of the Regency period. Not unlike many feminine modern writers of historical fiction, the bewitching Ms. Austen was my feminist Achilles Heel and I fell fairly foul of her at age 15 (via an epiphany over Mansfield Park!). This enchantment continued into decades and besides following a string of career choices that whisked me from ‘flying’ to fashion, I pursued the Jane Ideal with the alacrity of a scholar—inside and outside of hallowed halls—and while wondering where it would all take me at last. That ‘landing place’ was eventually made evident and whether or not it was the savviest decision on the 'A'-genda, I elected to write a ‘companion’ collection of seven original novels to Austen’s perfect six. These modern ‘cousins’, if you will, are ‘aligned’ with JA by means of a delicious ‘historical’ conceit; the ‘mystery’ of which is unveiled in the preface of every ‘Bath Novel’.
You can read more about Lady A~ and The Bath Novels of Lady A~ (TBNLA) by ambling to Ye Bath Corner Blogge & the TBNLA website. That lady's first ‘Bath Novel’, Merits and Mercenaries, is exclusively available from Hye St. Press, at Amazon and Amazon UK
Debra lives in Oregon, USA. She has studied in various fields. Those that have had the greatest impact on her life are homeopathy and creative pursuits. She loves oil painting, interior and landscape design, jewelry design and at long last, writing. Her decision to write came when she watched the last period drama on her Netflix queue. Another story was definitely needed! Debra's novel, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, is published by World Castle Publishing and receiving great reviews. She is working on her second novel, For the Skylark.
Debra's Blog~ English Epochs 101
Debra's Book (UK)
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Author of the historical novels THE QUEEN’S PAWN and TO BE QUEEN about the ever astounding Eleanor of Aquitaine, Christy has also written a series of romances set in a very fictional Regency England. HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is available now, and the second novel in the series, Love On A Midsummer Night will be released in August 2013.
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Barbara Kyle is the author of the “Thornleigh” series of novels set in Tudor England, including The Queen’s Lady, The King’s Daughter, The Queen’s Captive, and The Queen’s Gamble, all published internationally, and of Entrapped, a novel of romantic suspense. Barbara previously won acclaim for her thrillers under pen name ‘Stephen Kyle,’ including Beyond Recall (a Literary Guild Selection), After Shock and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold.
Barbara is passionate about helping emerging writers. She has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations. She offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on workshopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Her popular series of online video workshops “Writing Fiction That Sells” offers ten hours of tips, techniques, and inspiration, and is available via her website.
Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television,
film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.
"Rose" is a medieval enthusiast, a book addict, a mom to two twin boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from New Saint Andrews College in 2005 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and worked as a high school teacher for several years teaching classes in English, history, literature, and music. She and her husband David Spears were blessed with twin boys, Adam and Oliver, in November of 2010, and they are expecting "Boy Number Three" in January of 2012.
Rose's first book, I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, explores the concepts of chivalry, honor, and courtly love as it follows a young English knight through the tumultuous world of the Hundred Years' War. Her latest book, Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, steps back into the eleventh century world of the First Crusade, and she is currently at work on the next two titles in that series.
Rose's Book Site
Rose's Book Review Blog
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Mr. Wilkin began writing in the 80's, and has spent the years since working at the craft of storytelling. A student of history (a very long story), he concentrated on the premodern Asian era. After university he continued his studies and joined re-enactor groups. Through these groups he became an expert at teaching dances of those long ago ages, and taught 1000s to dance from medieval times to our present day.
As a writer and story-teller, Mr. Wilkin explores the genres of the Regency Era through Romances, Historical Novels, Ruritanian Romances, Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Brian Wainwright has had a deep interest in the middle ages for most of his life. He cannot explain this satisfactorily, although a fair bit of his childhood was spent climbing over castles in Wales, and he always loved Robin Hood, El Cid, Ivanhoe and similar tales.
In his teens he developed a particular fascination with the era of Richard II, another king he believes history has sadly misjudged. There were few novels about that period and Brian eventually came across White Boar by Marian Palmer which started him off on his fascination with the Third Richard. The 14th and 15th centuries remain his favourites and his main focus remains with the House of York throughout is existence.
Much of his early writing work has been destroyed, due to his dissatisfaction with it, although there are a number of articles in obscure places such as Semper Fidelis (magazine of the Greater Manchester Branch of the Richard III Society.)
His first published novel, The Adventures of Alianore Audley, was produced by way of light relief during a lull in the long task of researching and writing Within the Fetterlock. He was surprised by the number of people who appear to enjoy what he admits is his fairly eccentric sense of humour. Alianore Audley may be described as a parody of historical fiction, though its background was nevertheless carefully researched.
Within the Fetterlock is an entirely different sort of project, one that has verged on an obsession. Fascinated by Constance of York almost from the first time he found a reference to her existence, this is the last of his several attempts to tell her story. It was not always easy. ‘There were certain parts of her life,’ he says, ‘that I found it very hard to confront. It was painful even to write about it, and as I went on I found myself wondering at her endurance. There are fictional elements in this story, obviously, but I don’t think I have exaggerated her bad times. If anything, I have softened the overall picture.’
Brian Wainwright is now a full-time author, although his own and family health problems have made progress on his projects painfully slow. In 2011 he published The Open Fetterlock in Kindle format. He describes this as ‘not so much a book, more a collection of pieces from the cutting room floor’. Active projects include a prequel to Within the Fetterlock, a second Alianore Audley book, and a long-cherished serious novel about Richard III.
Weaned on Jean Plaidy, Anya Seton and Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Anita still need an occasional ‘London fix’ to top up her historical muse.
Often asked why she write about the past, when there are so many details to get right, and even more ways to get it wrong - she always says that historical fiction chose me.
Jenny has four children and lives in Hertfordshire with her long suffering husband, a loving Labrador and a deadly Bengal cat.
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Scott Higginbotham has always loved adventure, real or within the pages of a book. Family travels and those journeys that were courtesy of the U.S. Navy has given him an appreciation of the broader world. Gazing at the walls of the Jerusalem for the first time and crawling through the twisting tunnels beneath Rhodes Castle's old walls has left a lasting impression and a sense of awe as it concerns medieval history and its echoes.
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