I’ve always wondered if people actually read the “About the Author” section in books. Apparently the answer is very few, since only one person has asked me why that section in my new book, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, says I live in Massachusetts when I actually live in Wisconsin. Some people might have thought I was just tired of being called a Cheesehead, but in fact I’m moving to Massachusetts at the end of the summer.
This is both exciting and terrifying. I’ve lived in this house for 25 years and raised two children here, so clearing it out is going to be a big job, but once it’s done, I’ll be living on Cape Cod, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I spent a summer there almot 30 years ago. I’ll be living near Woods Hole, where The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice is set, and I’ll be able to walk through Cassie’s salt marsh whenever I want to. My new home is located about a mile (and $3 million) away from Cassie & Calder’s house on the bay.
I know, I know! This is all well and good, but what does it have to with my books? For one thing, it determined what my next project would be, since I didn’t want to have to take a long break to move in the middle of writing a novel. It’s too easy to lose the momentum and the feeling of a story when I do that. Instead, I pulled out one of my ideas for a novella. The scenario is an accidental meeting between Darcy and Elizabeth in Derbyshire, but not at Pemberley, and it incorporates the story of Darcy’s parents meeting for the first time as a story within the story. It’s called The Darcys of Derbyshire: What are Men to Rocks and Mountains? It’s sweet and angst free, and about 2/3 of the first draft is already done.
Wish me luck!