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Monica’s love of things Regency started when she first read Pride and Prejudice at thirteen. Immediately afterwards, she went through a reading binge of Jane Austen’s novels then discovered Georgette Heyer as well. All good things must come to an end, however, and, as a literature professor, her early interest in Jane Austen was taken over by other writers, though she took to reading Regency romances as her guilty pleasure whenever she got a chance.
Then, in 2005, three things happened. Monica moved to England from the USA, saw the new Pride and Prejudice film adaptation with Matthew Macfadyen, and decided it was time she began to write. Not surprisingly, she turned to the Regency period for inspiration. Her first novel, AN IMPROPER SUITOR, a humorous Regency, was published by the long-established independent press, Robert Hale, and was a runner-up for the Joan Hessayon New Writers award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Two more novels followed quickly after that: THE OTHER MR. DARCY, which was a Desert Island Best Pick for 2009 from All About Romance, and THE DARCY COUSINS, both published by Robert Hale in England and Sourcebooks in the USA.
Monica likes to look at things from unusual perspectives. THE OTHER MR. DARCY is a response to the negative portrayal of Miss Bingley. It looks at what makes Miss Bingley tick and introduces the charming Robert Darcy, Darcy's American cousin from Boston. It reached no. 1 on the Kindle Bestselling list under the category of Regency. THE DARCY COUSINS takes a close look at Georgiana Darcy’s development as she interacts with her brash American cousin Clarissa. Monica’s next novel, STEAMPUNK DARCY, takes JA spin-offs in an entirely different direction. It reached no. 4 on the Kindle Bestselling list under the category of Steampunk. Set in a pseudo-Victorian future, it is a post-apocalyptic novel featuring a descendent of William Darcy and a comic play on the characters of Pride and Prejudice.
Monica is a member of the blog Austen Variations along with eighteen other authors who also write Jane Austen adaptations. She is a member of the team writing the popular Reader’s Choice serial THE DARCY BROTHERS featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy.
MR. DARCY'S PLEDGE, is her most traditional Pride and Prejudice variation to date.
Monica lives in Surrey within the Greater London area and loves visiting historical properties when it isn’t raining.