Sarah Bevan Fischer
I have always wanted to write a novel and have made several attempts in the past, which never made it beyond the first couple of chapters. Finally an opportunity to follow my dream came when I lost my job and simultaneously got a buyer for our house. We planned to downsize and remove to Spain. Almost as light relief from the organisation and packing I started to write the first chapters. Unlike in previous occasions the words flew off the keyboard and the first book of The Friendship Diaries, Palmerstone, was born. I continued writing furiously once settled in Spain. Within seven months I'd completed the four books that comprise The Friendship Diaries - a pretty prolific output for a first-time novelist.
I loved writing the Friendship Diaries and I had high hopes that readers would love the characters as much as I had loved writing them. Caitlin, Rebecca, Suzanne and Penny have been my imaginary friends for a long time. I always had the intention of continuing the stories with the younger characters to the fore. The warm and supportive feedback that I have received from many of you has inspired me to crack on with the next series of stories - Beyond Friendship.
For those of you disappointed :-( by the story lines not always reaching a satisfactory conclusion at the end of each book I can only apologise and thank you for sticking with it. The books each follow three or four main characters over a period of time. It would not be realistic for every book to be tied up neatly at the end. I promise I have tried to make the books as self-contained as possible. To my American readers also an apology, I am well aware from my own experience - 10 (very happy) years of marriage to an American - that English and American is NOT the same language. I had to make a decision to write the book in English, the language of my birth and up bringing; hence you will come across a few foreign words and strange spelling. I have tried to keep the language in keeping with the setting so that the American scenes use American language (maybe not always successfully despite an expert on hand). I have also tried to use language appropriate for the eras, particularly for the dialogue. Once again I give my sincere thanks to all of you who have followed my stories. Particularly thanks to those of you who have taken the time and effort to give your very valuable feedback. Writing can be a lonely business, a word of praise or a constructive criticism are always welcome. Lastly I have to assure you all that I'm working hard and fast to finish the rest of the series. The 2nd novel of the Beyond Friendship series - Making Out is part finished and should be available in June 2013. Making Out continues the stories of Charlotte, Emily and Poppy; Harriett makes a bigger appearance. It's such fun I can't wait to share it with you.
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- Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued
on March 10, 2013
I have to admit that I approached this read with extreme caution! In fact each time I saw the title I though ho hum to myself, being more than a bit of a Jane Austin fan. My curiosity got the best of me however and I downloaded, only to leave the same to sit on my iPad for a couple of weeks. Once I started it I was hooked. Not JA for sure but a really entertaining and interesting read - not exactly how I imagined Georgiana would pan out but loved her character and was pleased to visit a happy and expectant Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. A brave choice of subject matter and a triumph. I just realise I've shot myself in the foot as my novel has been playing tag with this one. With this review Ms Anna Elliot has gone one step ahead (The author sounds like a Austen character!). Well done!