I grew up on Long Island, New York, where we continue to live. After attending Nassau Community College, I went on to earn a degree in Psychology from Adelphi University.
A few years ago, being a fan of Jane Austen, I decided to look for Pride and Prejudice written from Darcy’s point of view. During my online search, I became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen fan fiction (JAFF).
At some point, I literally dreamed an idea for a story. At first I was going to post it to a forum’s “plot bunny” area, but since I had always had a secret dream of becoming a writer, I gave it a try myself. I cannot tell you how surprised and pleased I was when the resulting story (an earlier version of Dreams and Expectations) was well received. I went on to write a few short stories and another that was novel-length, which was published as Promises.
When I looked back at the first novel-length story, I realized that my skills had greatly improved since then, and so I set out to re-write Dreams and Expectations.
All Hallow’s Eve is my third novel, and has a paranormal twist. I began this story as a short story, but took on a life of its own.
The Keys for Love was written in response to a writing challenge at BeyondAusten.com.
I’ve always loved mysteries, amnesia stories, and suspense, so I gave writing one that encompasses all of the above in Safekeeping. Safekeeping is not really a JAFF story, but does have a touch of Austen.
A Lesson Hard Learned was next, bringing me back to Regency JAFF.
The Marriage Pact (the draft version posted to BeyondAusten.com as The Pact) had begun as a JAFF story, but Elizabeth and Darcy refused to do what I wanted them to do, and therefore Miss Celia Colton and Mr. James Aldridge were born.
A Very Austen Christmas includes my story No Better Gift. The anthology also features heartwarming stories set in Jane Austen’s Regency world written by Robin Helm, Laura Hile, and Barbara Cornthwaite, revisiting Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park to deliver uplifting holiday stories.
My story in the anthology A Very Austen Valentine is My Forever Valentine. The anthology also includes excellent stories by Robin Helm, Laura Hile, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, sharing variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen’s adored novels.
In the beginning of 2020, watch for my Austen-Inspired Regency, With My Whole Heart Forever.
Also in 2020, another anthology, A Very Austen Romance will be released!
The moment I have something ready, I’ll often begin posting a new story to the JAFF forums. I do have several more ideas in the works, so keep your eyes open for them on BeyondAusten.com!
My husband, Matt, and our triplets, Cal, Luke, and Maddie, have been a great source of encouragement and support for my writing efforts, as well as the rest of our family. Thank you all!