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
Mary Travers -- symbol of flower generation?
This isn't very writerly, but I really wanted to write about it.
I was very saddened today by loss of folk singer Mary Travers from Peter, Paul and Mary.
I don't know the origin of the flower/peace vs war symbolism (and for once I'm not going to research it), but I always associate it with Mary because of her quintessential song "Where have all the flowers gone?".
Her songs were so simple, yet they had the power to influence so many people and move them to action. Not just Peter, Paul and Mary, of course, but Bob Dylan ("Blowing in the Wind", which Mary sang as well), Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and others who were the voices of their generation.
Though to judge by the clip below, Mary Travers looks like she would fit in a glossy magazine today, retro style (Just ignore the guys).
Flower power to you, Mary Travers. May you rest in peace.