Personally selected by editor Laurel Ann Nattress, JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT features twenty-four authors from a diverse range of writing backgrounds and interests including: popular Austenesque fiction, best-selling literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery, contemporary chick-lit, paranormal, and one new debut voice.
Contributing authors to Jane Austen Made Me Do It:
Laurel Ann Nattress – editor & introduction
A life-long acolyte of Jane Austen, Laurel Ann Nattress is the author/editor of Austenprose.com a blog devoted to the oeuvre of her favorite author and the many books and movies that she has inspired. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, a regular contributor to the PBS blog Remotely Connected and the Jane Austen Centre online magazine. Classically trained as a landscape designer at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, she has also worked in marketing for a Grand Opera company and at present she delights in introducing neophytes to the charms of Miss Austen’s prose as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble. An expatriate of southern California, Laurel Ann lives in a country cottage near Snohomish, Washington where it rains a lot. Visit Laurel Ann at her blog Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog, on Twitter as @Austenprose, and on Facebook as Laurel Ann Nattress.
Pamela Aidan – author of “The Riding Habit”
Pamela Aidan is the author of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series. She has been a librarian for over thirty-five years and a fan of Jane Austen even longer. She and her husband own and operate Wytherngate Press, Inc., which specializes in Regency fiction. Ms Aidan lives in scenic northern Idaho where she is at work on a continuation of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series, with her husband and two contrary cats. Visit Pamela at her website Wytherngate Press, on Twitter as @Pamela_Aidan, and on Facebook as Pamela Mogen.
Elizabeth Aston – author of “The Ghostwriter”
Elizabeth Aston is the author of the best-selling Mr. Darcy’s Daughters and five further historical novels about the family of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, as well as a contemporary romantic comedy, Writing Jane Austen. A graduate of Oxford University, and now a full-time writer, she is married with a grown-up son and daughter. She lives in Tuscany and Malta. Visit Elizabeth at her website Elizabeth Aston, on Twitter as @Elizabeth_Aston, and on Facebook as Elizabeth Aston.
Brenna Aubrey – author of “The Love Letter”
Brenna Aubrey has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion. She also loves to write historical romance and epic fantasy fiction. She is a city-girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting. She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, 2 children, an adorable husky dog, a bird and some fish.
Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” is the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Shorty Story Contest. Visit Brenna at her website Brenna Aubrey, on Twitter as @BrennaAubrey, and on Facebook as Brenna Aubrey.
Stephanie Barron – author of “Jane and the Gentleman Rogue”
Stephanie Barron is the author of eleven Jane Austen mysteries, including Jane and the Canterbury Tale, forthcoming from Bantam Books. She has also written the stand-alone historical suspense novels A Flaw in the Blood and The White Garden. As Francine Mathews, she is the author of several thrillers, including The Alibi Club. A frequent lecturer for the Jane Austen Society of North America, she studied the Napoleonic period at Princeton. She lives and works near Denver, Colorado. Visit Stephanie at her website Author Stephanie Barron.
Carrie Bebris – author of “The Chase”
Carrie Bebris is the author of the award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, in which the married Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth become embroiled in intrigues involving other Jane Austen characters. Reviewers praise her novels for capturing not only the spirit of Austen’s works, but also the historical details of the era. The Royal Navy figures prominently in the Darcy’s latest adventure, The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion), a book whose extensive research took her from the top of the Cobb to the hold of the 18th-century warship HMS Victory.
Carrie also writes for Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine and other publications, and has edited nonfiction books about Austen and Shakespeare. She holds an M.A. in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. When not writing, she likes to travel, watch costume dramas that send her husband fleeing the house, and indulge in her love of all things British. Visit Carrie at her website Carrie Bebris.
Jo Beverely – author of “Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss”
Jo Beverley is the author of thirty-four historical romances, which have brought her nearly every award in romance fiction. She has two career achievement awards from Romantic Times, is a five time winner of the RITA, and a member of the RWA Hall of Fame and Honor Roll. Her medieval romance Dark Champion, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Born and raised in England, she moved to Canada in 1976 but has now returned to England and currently lives in Yorkshire. Visit Jo at her website Jo Beverley, on Twitter as @JoBeverley, and on Facebook as Jo Beverley.
Diana Birchall – author of “Jane Austen’s Cat”
Diana Birchall is a story analyst at Warner Bros Studios, reading manuscripts to see if they would make movies. She is the author of two “Austensque” books, the novel Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma and the story collection Mrs. Elton in America, both published by Sourcebooks. She has also written a scholarly biography of her grandmother, the first Asian American novelist, Onoto Watanna, published by the University of Illinois Press. Diana grew up and was educated in New York City, but has lived for many years in Santa Monica, California with her husband and son. Visit Diana at her blog Light, Bright and Sparkling, on Twitter as @DianaBirchall, and on Facebook as Diana Birchall.
Frank Delaney & Diane Meier writing as F. J. Meier – co-authors of “Faux Jane”
Irish-born Frank Delaney is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling novels, Ireland and Tipperary. A veteran BBC broadcaster, his weekly podcast Re:Joyce, deconstructing James Joyce’s Ulysses in five-minute episodes, is enjoyed by tens of thousands of listeners each week. Formerly a judge of the Booker prize, he now lives in NY and Connecticut with his wife:-
Diane Meier – author of the acclaimed novel, The Season of Second Chances, and the non-fiction cultural commentary on the changing styles of ceremonies and celebrations, The New American Wedding: Ritual and Style in a Changing Culture. For the past thirty years Diane has been the president of MEIER, a NYC-based luxury marketing firm. Visit Diane at her website Diane Meier, and on Twitter as @dianemeiernyc. Visit Frank at his website Frank Delaney, and on Twitter as @FDbytheword.
Monica Fairview – author of “Nothing Less Than Fairy-land”
Monica Fairview taught literature at university for several years, trained as an acupuncturist, and now has discovered her real vocation in writing. Fairview was introduced to Jane Austen when she was a teenager – to her books, not to that Illustrious Personage herself, though she ardently hopes such an opportunity might yet occur. Her first published novel was a Regency romance, An Improper Suitor, a runner up for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (UK) Joan Hessayan Prize. Her debut Austenesque novel, The Other Mr. Darcy, was chosen as Hidden Treasure of 2009 by All About Romance. Her latest novel, The Darcy Cousins, centers on Georgiana Darcy and was described by Historical Novels Reviews as “a humorous, stately romp through 19th-century England.” Visit Monica at her website Monica Fairview, on Twitter as @Monica_Fairview, and on Facebook as Monica Fairview.
Amanda Grange – author of “Mr. Bennet Meets His Match”
Jane Austen Award nominee Amanda Grange was born in Yorkshire, England. She spent her teenage years reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer whilst also finding time to study music at Nottingham University. She has had over twenty books published including six Jane Austen retellings and the phenomenal Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Woman magazine said of Mr. Darcy’s Diary: “Lots of fun, this is the tale behind the alpha male,” whilst the Historical Novels Review made Captain Wentworth’s Diary an Editors’ Choice, remarking: “Amanda Grange has taken on the challenge of reworking a much loved romance and succeeds brilliantly.” The Washington Post noted Mr. Knightley’s “affectionate asides on his collection of young nieces and nephews“, and Austenprose called Colonel Brandon’s Diary “a touching inside story that is hard to put down.” Amanda Grange now lives in Cheshire. Visit Amanda at her website Amanda Grange, on Twitter as @HRomanceUK, and on Facebook as Amanda Grange.
Syrie James – author of “Jane Austen’s Nightmare”
Syrie James, hailed as the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings” by Los Angeles Magazine, is the bestselling author of three works of historical fiction: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, an international bestseller named Best First Novel of 2008 by Library Journal, the Audie Award-winning The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Read of 2009, and the critically acclaimed Dracula, My Love, which reveals Mina Harker’s passionate love affair with the most famous vampire of them all. Syrie insists that her very romantic Dracula is inspired by a combination of the most swoon-inducing traits of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Rochester, and Heathcliff, as is the hero of her novel Nocturne, praised by Library Journal as “lyrical, lush, and intensely romantic.” Translation rights for Syrie’s books have been sold in sixteen languages. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America and a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Syrie is an admitted Anglophile and is obsessed with all things Austen. Visit Syrie at her website Syrie James, on Twitter as @SyrieJames, and on Facebook as Syrie James.
Janet Mullany – author of “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”
Janet Mullany was born in England but now lives near Washington, DC. She’s worked as an archaeologist, performing arts administrator, waitress, bookseller, and as an editor/proofreader for a small press. Her debut book was Dedication, the only Signet Regency to have two bondage scenes, followed by The Rules of Gentility (HarperCollins 2007), which was acquired by Little Black Dress (UK) for whom she writes more Regency chicklit. Her career as a writer who does terrible things to Jane Austen began in 2010 with the publication of Jane and the Damned (HarperCollins), a book about Jane as a vampire, and a modern retelling of Emma, Little to Hex Her, in the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen headlined by Mary Balogh. Her most recent book is Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, about the vampire invasion of Chawton (William Morrow, 2011). Visit Janet at her website Janet Mullany, on Twitter as @Janet_Mullany, and on Facebook as Janet Mullany.
Jane Odiwe – author of “Waiting: A story inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion”
Jane Odiwe lives in North London and Bath, with her husband, family, and two cats. More than anything she loves a house full of people, music, and good books, which is just as well, because that’s the norm! She is the author of Effusions of Fancy, Lydia Bennet’s Story, Wiloughby’s Return, and Mr. Darcy’s Secret. When she isn’t writing, she loves painting watercolours especially of Jane Austen and the world in which she lived. Visit Jane at her website Austen Effusions, at her blog Jane Odiwe – Jane Austen Sequels, and on Twitter as @JaneOdiwe.
Beth Pattillo – author of “When Only a Darcy Will Do”
Beth Pattillo is the author of Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. Her next book, The Dashwood Sisters Tell All (Guideposts, Spring 2011) continues the popular series featuring The Formidables, a secret society that guards a treasure trove of ‘lost’ Austen-related writings. Beth won the RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her novel Heavens To Betsy. She is also the author of the popular Sweetgum Knit Lit Society series from WaterBrook Press. Beth lives with her husband and teenage children in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys travel (especially to England), reading, and hiking. Visit Beth at her website Beth Pattillo, on Twitter as @bethpattillo, and on Facebook as Beth Pattillo.
Alexandra Potter – author of “Me and Mr. Darcy, Again…”
Alexandra Potter is an award-winning author of eight bestselling romantic comedies, including Me and Mr. Darcy, for which she won the Jane Austen New Fiction award in 2007. Her latest book, The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather is published by Plume. She has lived in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York and is currently traveling the world researching her new book. Visit Alexandra at her website Alexandra Potter.
Myretta Robens – author of “The Mysterious Closet: A Tale”
Myretta Robens is a writer of Regency Romance, whose second book, Just Say Yes, won the Holt Medallion and was a finalist for The Romance Writers of America RITA award. Myretta is a long-time Janeite who co-founded the Republic of Pemberley website in 1997 and who still runs the site, which is now a major Jane Austen destination on the web, drawing 150,000 unique visitors each month. A former technology director at Harvard University, when Myretta is not writing or working with her website, she does freelance web design. Visit Myretta at her websites Myretta Robens, The Republic of Pemberley and Heroes and Heartbreakers, on Twitter as @pemberleydotcom and @Myretta, and on Facebook as Myretta Robens and The Republic of Pemberley.
Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway – co-authors of “What Would Austen Do?”
Jane Rubino and her daughter, Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, are the co-authors of Lady Vernon and Her Daughter, a reconstruction of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan. Jane has also authored a contemporary mystery series set at the Jersey shore, and a volume of Sherlockian novellas, and she lives in Ocean City, New Jersey. Caitlen lives and works in New York City; her first solo effort, a young adult fantasy, will be published in 2012. Jane and Caitlen are currently developing What Would Austen Do? into a full-length novel. Visit Jane and Caitlen at their website Janetility, on Twitter as @LadyVernonBook, and on Facebook as Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway.
Maya Slater – author of “Letters to Lydia”
Maya Slater lectured in French Literature at London University till she gave it up to write fiction full-time. As an academic she published five books, including a verse translation of Molière’s plays and studies of Proust and La Fontaine. Her first novel, The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy, was published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2009 (published in Britain as Mr. Darcy’s Diary, also available on CD as a BBC talking book). She is married with two daughters and lives in London in a Victorian villa. Visit Maya at her website Maya Slater.
Margaret C. Sullivan – author of “Heard of You”
Margaret C. Sullivan is the Editrix of AustenBlog.com, a compendium of news and commentary about Jane Austen and her work in popular culture. She is the author of The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World (Quirk Books, 2007). Her favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion, which led her to a continuing enthusiasm for the Age of Sail fiction. Visit Margaret at her website Tilneys and Trapdoors, at her blog AustenBlog, on Twitter as @mcsullivan, and on Facebook as Margaret C. Sullivan.
Adriana Trigiani – author of “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane”
Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, and the bestselling novels Brava, Valentine, Very Valentine, Lucia, Lucia, The Queen of the Big Time, Rococo and young adult novel Viola in Reel Life. She has written and will direct the big-screen version of her first novel Big Stone Gap, and Very Valentine – an upcoming Lifetime Movie – was also written by the author. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Visit Adriana at her website Adriana Trigiani, on Twitter as @AdrianaTrigiani, and on Facebook as Adriana Trigiani.
Laurie Viera Rigler – author of “Intolerable Stupidity”
Best-selling author Laurie Viera Rigler’s novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching. She would like to see her story, Intolerable Stupidity, turned into a TV pilot for a new series called Law and Order: Special Austen Unit. In the meantime, she is the creator of Sex and the Austen Girl, the web series inspired by Austen Addict books, and she is also working on a third novel. You can visit Laurie at her website Jane Austen Addict, on Twitter as @austen_addict, on Facebook as Laurie Viera Rigler, and watch Sex and the Austen Girl on Babblegum.com
Lauren Willig – author of “A Nightmare at Northanger”
Lauren Willig is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series, which follows the adventures of a series of Napoleonic-era spies in their attempts to thwart Bonaparte and avoid Almack’s Assembly Rooms. The Pink Carnation novels have been named Romantic Times Top Picks, nominated for a Quill Award, and chosen for the ALA award for outstanding genre literature. A graduate of Yale, Willig has a graduate degree in English history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law. After receiving her first book contract her first month of law school, she juggled the legal life and Napoleonic spies for several years before deciding that doc review and book deadlines don’t mix. Now a full time writer, she recently taught a class at Yale on “Reading the Historical Romance”, an examination of the Regency romance novel as literature from Jane Austen (especially “Northanger Abbey“!) through Julia Quinn. Visit Lauren at her website Lauren Willig, and on Facebook as Lauren Willig.