Monica is a longtime admirer of Jane
Austen and likes to write down her fantasies about living in the Regency
period. Her first novel was AN IMPROPER
SUITOR, a humorous Regency romance. Since then, she has written two
traditional Jane Austen sequels: THE
OTHER MR. DARCY and THE DARCY COUSINS
(both published by Sourcebooks) and contributed a sequel to Emma in Laurel Ann Nattress's anthology JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT (Ballantine). STEAMPUNK DARCY is a post-apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek
Jane Austen spin-off. Her new series, THE DARCY NOVELS, are traditional Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ variations.
The first, MR. DARCY’S PLEDGE, reached number one in Kindle Classics Romance.
MR. DARCY’S CHALLENGE is the second in the series.
Monica is part of the blog Austen
Variations along with a baker’s dozen of authors who also write Jane
Austen adaptations and was a member of the team writing the popular Reader’s
Choice serial THE DARCY BROTHERS, featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy.
Monica Fairview’s real claim to fame
is that she lived in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester as a teenager,
when it was faded and neglected, so you could say she has the smog of NORTH
& SOUTH in her blood. After that, Monica lived in the USA for many years,
where she taught literature to captive victims (not necessarily captivated).
She now lives in Surrey within the Greater London area and loves visiting
historical properties when it isn’t raining.
Bringing you Pride & Prejudice Variations, Mr. Darcy, and Regency novels
An Improper Suitor: Now in Large Print
The new Large Print edition of An Improper Suitor is now available from Thorndike in the USA. It can be ordered through Powells Books, Amazon.com, and others. For UK readers, the Chivers edition will be available soon.
I love Powells Books, by the way. When I lived in Portland, Oregon, I loved going to the City of Books. It was an enormous place, taking up a whole city block, with nine different color-coded rooms, and rows and rows of books, kind of like university libarary stacks, but managing to be very warm and friendly at the same time. Believe it or not, it was so big, they actually offer tours! If you don't believe me, check this out: Powells City of Books Tours.
Of course, needless to say, it was a dangerous place. First, because you could easily get lost and wonder endlessly among the stacks of books (what a horrible fate for a book lover!), or you could lose a great deal of money (I really, really wanted some of those books. I really should go back and get them).
But to get back to An Improper Suitor. It's quite thrilling looking through different libraries and seeing the Large Print edition already listed in their catalogues, with many copies on loan.
Of course, it's very time consuming as well. Shouldn't I be writing my new novel...?