Publication Time Approaches!

Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet -Copyright Alan Weller / The Times.

It’s just around the corner

I am so excited to announce that my book, A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods, will be published by Meryton Press at the end of this month! Stay tuned for exact dates for the cover reveal, pre-order, publication, and blog tour!

I am a strange mixture of excitement and nerves. Sharing a story is akin to revealing a part of your inner life to the wide world. However, I must say that I am so happy to be able to share my story with everyone. Cheers to the end of the month!

Raising Novels

It’s a tough world, kitty.

The editing process reminds me of raising children. It’s difficult, humbling, sometimes embarrassing, and often imparts feelings of being an ineffectual dolt. On the other hand, it’s completely rewarding and helps you do things you never knew you were capable of.

That’s a bit of a long-winded metaphor. You get it. It’s hard work editing a piece of work that you love, but it is so worth it! I was incredibly nervous to begin the editing process on my novella, A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods. Once my editor and I began working on it though, I realized I had nothing to be afraid of. The editing process truly did bring out the best in my work.

And now it’s finished! Yes, after several months of hard work, we are finished with the editing process. I’m so excited to take the next steps!

A Happy Discovery

How did I not know about this?

Have you ever made a discovery that made you say, “How did I not know about this!”? That’s me today with the discovery of The Meryton Assembly and the subsequent fan fiction posting board A Happy Assembly, or AHA. A friend pointed me to the site today, and I felt my jaw drop as I perused the page.


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It’s filled with Jane Austen Fan Fiction, or JAFF for short. To be sure, I knew all about JAFF. I spend a great deal of time reading and writing it after all! But I honestly had no idea about the existance of a site that was dedicated to the sharing of free JAFF and community building.

Needless to say, I signed up immediately.

Embarrassing as this may be…

I must admit that there is another reason I am astounded that I was not familiar with AHA before today. My publisher, Meryton Press, is directly connected to The Meryton Assembly. I’ll just go hide at the breakfast table now, drinking my tea and hoping Captain Wentworth doesn’t stumble upon me in all my embarrassment.

An Illustrated Vignette

My daughter has always been my biggest fan. She enthusiastically tells everyone about my writing. She is an amazing, loving child.

When I told her I was writing a vignette about Darcy and Elizabeth, she was very interested. What’s a vignette? What’s the Lake District? What do they do there?

I told her a little of the story line for the vignette I’ve written, to be published later this summer as part of Meryton Press’ Summer Holiday blog series. After asking me a few questions for accuracy, she went off and created this illustration for me:

“Miss and Mr Darcy on Vacation”

I love, love, love the way we only see Darcy and Elizabeth’s legs and feet. And I love the little detail of their Scottie dog. Of course, as soon as I asked her if I could post the picture on my website, she started fretting about getting it “right.” Luckily, I was able to convince her that it was this version I adored, and she let me have it without a fuss.

So there we have it. A perfect little illustration of my vignette that has something to do with Elizabeth and Darcy, the Lake District, and a picnic. (The Scottie dog was my kiddo’s addition, but I do wish I had thought of it!)

The exact date of publication is still to be determined, but I will let you know as soon as I know! In the meantime, check out the other vignettes already posted. They are so much fun.

Acceptance

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Dreams

I’ve been writing since I was a child, and though I have had a few pieces published in some form or another, I had not yet achieved my dream of seeing one of my longer works published. Well, that changed recently, and I find that my mind and heart are still trying to catch up.

Enter Meryton Press

I wrote a piece of romantic fiction, a Pride and Prejudice variation called A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods. It was fun to write, and I quite liked the story, so I decided to try and publish it. Feeling like I had little to lose, I submitted the work to Meryton Press. You may imagine my surprise at receiving an email from them, asking for more of the work.

With my heart in my throat, I sent on the entire manuscript. When the positive response came, informing me that the editors at Meryton Press liked my work, and wished to publish it, I was thrilled. Okay, I cried. Yep, I actually started crying right there at my kitchen table.

And now…

That was a month or so ago. Since then, I’ve been working with the lovely folks at Meryton Press to edit and refine the manuscript. The whole experience has been so informative and more fun than I imagined! I can’t wait to share more details about the process. For now, I can tell you that we are in the midst of editing, and I’m enjoying every moment.