As I sit at my own computer, and dream my romantic dreams, I sometimes think of Jane Austen, who was a good deal less romantic than I am, and who always had her eye on the financial dealings that came with any marriage. Though her characters married for love, they also married for comfort and wealth, something she was striving for with her own work. As a genteel woman, Miss Austen had very few options for earning her living, and her time at her desk was well spent, and earned her family much needed funds. Still, in spite of her thoughts on money that entered into every novel she wrote, I like to think of Miss Austen as a fellow dreamer.
Though I seem to gravitate now to swashbuckling heroines in my latest novel, TERROR OF THE TON (coming out in December 2015 from Sourcebooks Casablanca) something in my soul calls for the quiet, simple tea taken in Elizabeth Bennet's parlor, while waiting for Mr. Darcy to call.
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.