Jane Austen Variations is a place for readers and writers of Austen-inspired fiction to connect. Our purpose is to give writers the opportunity to interact with readers about elements of their new stories and to share our experiences and love of Jane Austen.
Founded in 2013 by authors Maria Grace, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds, Jane Austen Variations includes writers of Austen-inspired variations, sequels, prequels, modernizations and more. If it’s Austen-related, we love it! Please stop by our Facebook page where announcements of interest to Austen lovers are posted.
Please join us with your comments as we journey together through our stories!
Diana Birchall: Diana has been writing Jane Austen-related stories, articles, reviews, plays and pastiche since 1985 and has given over 50 lectures around the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Her published novels are Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, In Defense of Mrs. Elton, and Mrs. Elton in America.
Marilyn Brant: Marilyn is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She’s written several Austen-inspired novels, including According to Jane, which won RWA’s Golden Heart Award; Pride, Prejudice & the Perfect Match & its sequel Perfect Bet; and her new Mirabelle Harbor series.
Jack Caldwell: Jack, one of the few men in the genre, combines his love of Austen with his passion for historical fiction, with the occasional foray into farcical humor. His numerous novels include Pemberley Ranch, The Three Colonels, Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner, and The Plains of Chalmette: a Story of Crescent City.
Catherine Curzon: Catherine is a historian of 18th century royalty who occasionally channels that quintessential rogue, George Wickham. Her books, Life in the Georgian Court, Kings of Georgian Britain, The Crown Spire and The Star of Versailles, are available now.
L. L. Diamond: Leslie, who writes both Regency and Modern variations, wrote her first book in 2012. Her works include: Rain and Retribution, A Matter of Chance, An Unwavering Trust, and The Earl’s Conquest. She is currently working on an unnamed Regency variation she hopes to release mid to late 2016.
Monica Fairview: Monica Fairview is a Kindle bestselling author of Jane Austen sequels and variations as well as Regency romances. She published her first JAFF sequel in 2009. Among her works are The Darcy Cousins, Steampunk Darcy and the Darcy Novels trilogy.
Maria Grace: Kindle bestseller Maria Grace recently published her 10th Austen variation. She has 1 husband, 2 graduate degrees (and 2 black belts), 3 sons, 4 undergrad majors, 5 nieces, 6 drafted novels, attended 7 period balls, sewn 8 Regency costumes, and shared her life with 9 cats through the years.
Kara Louise: Kara Louise began writing in the Jane Austen genre in 2001 with sequels, variations, and modern stories based on Pride and Prejudice. She began her publishing journey in 2007, and her novels include Darcy’s Voyage, Only Mr. Darcy Will Do, Pirates and Prejudice, and Mr. Darcy’s Rival.
Susan Mason-Milks: Susan is the author of Mr. Darcy’s Proposal and a co-author of The Darcy Brothers as well as a founding member of Austen Variations. Susan lives in Oregon with her husband and is regularly terrorized by Lucy, the adorable Tibetan terrier.
Katie Oliver: Katie Oliver is the bestselling author of Prada and Prejudice, What Would Lizzy Bennet Do, Mansfield Lark and the Dating Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and Jane Austen Factor series. She resides in South Florida with her husband and two parakeets.
Abigail Reynolds: Abigail is a nationally best-selling author and one of the pioneers of Austen-inspired fiction, publishing her first variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2007. Her books include Mr. Darcy’s Journey, Alone with Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, and many others.
Mary Lydon Simonsen: Mary is the author of several Jane Austen re-imaginings including A Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Bite, and three short stories set in the gardens of Pemberley. She has also written the Patrick Shea mystery series, modern romance, and the non-fiction The Mud Run Train Wreck.
Melanie Stanford: Melanie writes both romance and young adult books of different genres. Her first novel, Sway, is a modern retelling of Persuasion, and her short story Becoming Fanny appeared in the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter. She’s currently working on a modern retelling of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.
Shannon Winslow: Shannon Winslow, who is often praised for her authentic Austenesque style, debuted in 2011 with her best-selling novel The Darcys of Pemberley. Since then, she’s added two more Pride and Prejudice sequels, an all original Austen-inspired novel, and one featuring Jane herself (The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen).