C. J. Hill


C. J. Hill is the author of Prudence and Practicality, her debut novel based on events and characters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The minor characters of Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins are brought to the fore in this adaptation to answer several lingering questions about them from the original text. Her second novel, Wickham's Wife, fills in the back-story of that gentleman; his successes and failures in life before he is introduced in Pride and Prejudice, and follows his side of that story.
C.J., originally from England, now lives with her husband in New Zealand and is the mother of three adult children. She has spent many years teaching high school English in California and New Zealand, doing her utmost to transfer her love of literature to both reluctant and willing students over the years - hopefully, some of them are still reading with enthusiasm! When not teaching or writing, she can be found walking the beach, pulling weeds, playing the piano or viola, and always, of course, reading everything.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the North of England - quite an austere and historical place. I was always interested in other places and times; I imagined warmer countries and different ways of life. I had some wonderful influences: my mother always read stories to me as a young child and I was encouraged to read as much as possible, and English teachers who instilled a love of classic British writers such as Hardy, Austen, du Maurier etc.
When did you first start writing?
I honestly never considered writing to be something to do until a few years ago. Well, I had always liked composing short pieces and writing a diary but nothing of great interest really. Once my children grew up I dabbled a little more, and then decided to answer some annoying questions I encountered every time I taught Pride and Prejudice.
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Where to find C. J. Hill online


Wickham's Wife: A Back-story to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
By C. J. Hill
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,600. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Category: Fiction
When he walks into a room, George Wickham is the happy man towards whom almost every female eye is turned. Every girl in, or near, Meryton is out of her senses about him for the first two months of his arrival. Disappointingly for those anticipative ladies, George Wickham has had a complicated past; a past which should prevent him from marrying any of them.
Prudence and Practicality: A Back-story to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
By C. J. Hill
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,100. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
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Netherfield Park is let at last! And to a young man of good fortune! Step back inside the delightful world of Pride and Prejudice and follow the year's events with the sensible and clear-sighted Miss Lucas who believes that happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance, and is under no delusion about men, marriage or money.She will accept whichever man can provide her a comfortable home.

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