Iâ€™m the daughter of two Jane Austen addicts, who, instead of naming me after one of my numerous great-aunts, decided to call me after a character from one of Jane Austenâ€™s novels. My fatherâ€™s favourite was Fanny Price, from Mansfield Park; my mother liked Emma best, but both of them adored Elizabeth Bennet. . . which is why I spell my short name Lizzy with a â€˜yâ€™ and never with a â€˜ieâ€™ at the end!
After such a beginning, itâ€™s no wonder that I also became a passionate Jane Austen fan. I studied English at Oxford University, and what could be more enjoyable than drifting in a punt on the Cherwell, reading Jane Austen as the sun flickered on the river through green leaves, knowing that it counted as work?
Now I live in Malta, a Mediterranean island full of history, and I also spend part of every year in Italy. With copies of all the Jane Austen novels wherever I am, needless to say.
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Books:Writing Jane Austen, April 2010
Mr. Darcy's Dream, February 2009
The True Darcy Spirit, March 2006
Darcy's Daughters series
Mr. Darcy's Daughters, February 2006
Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, March 2005