Work in Progress

I always have at least one writing project in progress, so keep an eye on this page to see what’s coming next!

My Northanger Abbey sequel (see below),  will be released June 23, 2020! Meanwhile, inspirations for a few more books are percolating on the back burner. I’m feeling the pull to do another P&P book next, and I’ve got a couple chapters written – something from Darcy’s point of view this time. What do you think? So many ideas; so little time to write them all!


Murder at Northanger Abbey:

Sequel to Jane Austen’s Spoof on the Gothic Novel

northanger-abbey-2007-andrew-daviesAlthough Northanger Abbey wasn’t published until after Jane Austen’s death, she actually wrote it first, in her early twenties. Knowing this helps us to appreciate the novel’s unique place in the Austen canon and its teen-aged, somewhat naive heroine. Austen conceived the story when she was quite young herself, before she had experienced much of the world. Thus, her parody of the Gothic novel brims with youthful fun, and early examples of Austen’s patented ironic wit.

I did my best to carry that same spirit and tone into this sequel. At least according to one of my beta readers, I was successful!

“I have just finished Murder at Northanger and I really loved it. As I mentioned before I re-read Northanger Abbey before starting Murder at Nothanger and it felt as if I was reading the same book, both the writing style and the characters remained very close to Austen’s, so this was very well achieved in my opinion. I particularly loved to see what you did with Catherine’s character, I do not believe she is a very interesting character but you made her interesting, and that is impressive…”

The publication date is June 23rd, 2020, in paperback and Kindle (now available for pre-order in Kindle). Here’s the official cover and book blurb:

 

Murder at Northanger Abbey_KINDLENewly married to her beloved Henry, Catherine’s eyes are now open to the grownup pleasures of wedded life. Yet she still hasn’t quite given up her girlhood fascination with all things Gothic. When she first visited Northanger Abbey, she only imagined dreadful events had occurred there. This time the horror is all too real. There’s been a murder, and Henry has fallen under suspicion. Catherine is determined to clear her husband’s name, but at the same time, she’s afraid for her own safety, since there’s a very good chance the real murderer is still in the house.

Shannon Winslow’s delightful sequel reprises the mischievous spirit of Austen’s original spoof on the Gothic novel, while giving Catherine a genuine murder mystery to unravel.

(Read excerpts here and here and here.)