Welcome! We’re a group of authors who each started out writing Jane Austen retellings and then gravitated to combine Jane Austen’s beloved characters with elements of fantasy. Here’s a bit about us:
Monica Fairview, a former literature professor and acupuncturist living near London, is a confirmed Jane Austen addict who is now having fun writing novels that combine magic, bonnets, and handsome gentlemen in cravats. She loves to chuckle, read, and visit historical places. And magic!
Abigail Reynolds ought to be embarrassed to admit she’s been writing Austen-inspired novels for over 20 years, but as a retired doctor, she’s immune to embarrassment. She manages to keep her retellings of the beloved story of Elizabeth and Darcy fresh by taking it in new directions with magic, Faerie, and alternate history.
Maria Grace is a long-time fantasy and science fiction fan with a PhD in educational psychology who was happily writing Jane Austen variations when a grumpy dragon hijacked her. Now the Jane Austen’s Dragons series is 10 books long and counting. She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.
Melanie Rachel has a Ph.D. in English. Her favorite course to teach is Introduction to Literature, where she tries to convince her business-minded students that reading is magical. She believes the love story of Darcy and Elizabeth transcends time and place, so writes them in many worlds: regency, modern, and fantastical. Melanie lives in Arizona with her husband and their dog, who thinks she can fly.
Lari Ann O’Dell made the fatal mistake of picking up a Pride & Prejudice variation in a bookstore closing sale. It must have had a magical curse on it, since it compelled her to drop everything and start writing them herself – and including paranormal characters and magic. Now a nursing student, Lari strives to keep her sanity by working on her next magical story.
Victoria Kincaid has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head – a challenge when they start adding magic to the story!
Sarah Courtney loves to read fantasy, fairy tales, and Pride & Prejudice variations, so what could be more fun than combining them? She currently lives in Europe where she homeschools her six children and still manages to write books, which has to be proof that magic exists!
We hope you’ll take a look around, sign up for our newsletter, read some of our snippets, and enjoy a visit to a fantastical world of the Regency. You can also check out our Fantasy Reads for Austen Fans Facebook page. We’re glad you’re here to share the magic!