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About Juliet...

Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire, Pride & Prejudice country.

 

Unlike Anne Elliot in Persuasion, she resisted well-meant advice and married young, before graduating from the University of Nottingham with a First in French and Russian. Many years later, with grown-up children, she wonders if she is turning into Mrs Bennet!

 

She gives talks all over the UK, and in the USA, about why and how she is updating classic romance. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and chairs the London and South-East chapter. She is also a member of the Society of Authors, the Jane Austen Society and the Australian Romance Readers Association. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and currently project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.

 

Although Juliet's favourite Austen novel is whichever one she's busy updating, her favourite Austen hero has always been Darcy. That's why her series of Jane Austen modernisations, Darcy & Friends, is set in a world where the other heroes all have connections with Darcy.

 

Two down, four to go: Juliet has updated Emma and Persuasion and is currently working on Pride & Prejudice.

Interviews

Juliet has been interviewed online by the Romantic Novelists' Association, Jane Austen in Vermont, The Book Rat, Novelicious, Australian Romance Readers Association and elsewhere.

 

She's also been interviewed on the radio - BBC Bristol and BBC Three Counties.

 

For example:

Q: As your characters are 'borrowed' from Jane Austen, how do you keep them sympathetic to modern readers?

A: It's rather like analysing a famous figure from history and proving that their passions and flaws are just as relevant today. I begin by unpicking the social context of Austen's characters, then transport them to the 21st century, complete with jobs, mobile phones, internet connections and sex lives - great fun! And I love finding plausible modern parallels to some of Austen's most famous scenes - such as Louisa Musgrove's fall on the Cobb, and Wentworth's letter.

 

Q: What's your favorite scene you've ever written?

A: That changes with each book I write! Currently, it's the letter scene in Persuade Me and its inevitable consequences. Yes, rightly or wrongly, I took on the challenge of creating a modern version of one of the most famous love letters ever. Like Jane, I had to provide Wentworth with a plausible letter-writing opportunity - especially difficult in our world of text messages and emails. Then came the problem of getting the letter to Anna, without anyone else being aware of it. And finally, I wanted to include a suitable reunion between the older, wiser ex-lovers, and show the reactions of their nearest and dearest.

Sorry, that's actually several scenes!

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