Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Jorge

The best villains are the ones you love to hate and hate to love.  George Wickham was that villain in Pride & Prejudice.  As I played with modernizing him, I needed to find a way for him to manipulate people to pity him.  Wickham is the master of playing to pity.   I realized he isRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Colin Collins

It’s time to get back to Phi Alpha Pi and the characters you are going to meet when you read it.  Mr. Collins is the biggest buffoon in all of Austen’s works, at least in my opinion.  I struggled to think of what type of man he would be in the 21st century.  I didn’tRead more

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Coming Before 2018: Audiobook and A Little More…

I am super excited about this.  It has been nearly 6 months since Modern Persuasion was released and it has been a whirlwind of activity.  I have learned so much about publishing in this time.  Surprisingly, I have learned a lot about me as well… like that I’m not great at face-to-face marketing.  There isRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Mrs. C

Mrs. C (Mrs. Collins) is a difficult character. In the book she was originally Mrs. Bennet, the mother of the Bennet sisters.  Since this book was centered around a sorority, she didn’t have to be anyone’s biological mother, but it made sense for her to be Colin’s mother.  She isn’t a villain.  She has importantRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Ginny

In the original Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy’s sister is a minor character, but her history is critical to the plot.  Austen named her Georgiana, but I had a difficult time using the name.  When a name works for me, I don’t have a problem re-using it, but I often take my own direction withRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Charlie

I always felt Mr. Bingley was never given the attention he deserved. Only Mr. Darcy’s opposite could have been the other male hero of the book. Just as Lizbeth and Jane are complimentary opposites, so are Wil and Charlie.  Here are five things you won’t know about Charlie from reading Phi Alpha Pi Like withRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Wil

OMG I am so freaking excited to share the character profile for Wil. Mr. Darcy remains one of the most iconic heroes of literature. I have loved him for years. Today, I am going to share 5 things you won’t know about Wil if you only read Phi Alpha Pi. I admit, these aren’t goingRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Charlotte

While she isn’t one of the Bennet sisters, Charlotte is one of the Phi Alpha Pi sisters.  Her motivations in the original are directly tied to her time in history.  I always saw her as looking for freedom, but freedom to be able to play the role society had defined for her.  My Charlotte isRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Kitty

There is one more former Bennet sister we have to meet, Kitty.  Kitty almost didn’t make it into this story.  When I wrote the very first draft, I decided to exclude her, not seeing where she could fit into the story.  Then Christi raised a protest and I felt guilty.  As I wrote the secondRead more

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Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Lydia

Lydia Bennet is one of the most iconic silly-girls in all of literature. I imagine she could fit so many roles in modern romance stories. It is Lydia who, in spite of her life altering mistakes, makes it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to finally come together.  My Lydia is a little different.  For me,Read more