Author interview: Fae Mcloughlin

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

Our next interviewee is Fae Mcloughlin, who also wrote two stories for the anthology – in this instance, both with original characters and modern-day settings.

The Wind over Pemberley blurb: Darcy’s life changes forever when he happens across the enigmatic Lint on Pemberley Cliff.

Thirteen Hours in Austen blurb: Ashley gets more than he bargained for when he visits the Jane Austen museum with his mother.


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal? Has she surprised you since then?

If I’m honest, I never liked Jane Austen’s work—the correctness and politeness, the lovey-dovey-ness, and the not-getting-to-the-point conversations just didn’t float my boat. Then I watched Lost in Austen, a modern-day take on Pride and Prejudice, and loved it. Austen with a modern twist suited me. Consequently, my two stories in the anthology are set in modern times with a Jane Austen influence.

However, I’ve since watched the Pride and Prejudice film with Keira Knightley. It sucked me in completely with its bubbling under sexual tension, and I found myself on the edge of my seat when Elizabeth met Darcy on a misty morning and Darcy whispered his true feelings. It turns out, Austen’s lovey-dovey-ness is uplifting.

And as for the not-getting-to-the-point conversations, well, after watching the ‘rain’ scene in Pride and Prejudice, I’ve discovered that verbal dancing keeps you reading, or watching, and wanting more. And more wet Darcy can only be a good thing.

And, if I may say, a bit more politeness is something the twenty-first century could do with.


fae-mcloughlin-iconAuthor bio: My passion is writing, but in my spare time, I like to photograph big skies and old ruins. You will also find me in museums, people watching in cafes, or standing on my garage roof taking pictures of the sunset.

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Author interview: Eleanor Musgrove

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

Now let’s hear from Eleanor Musgrove, who wrote two stories for the anthology, one inspired by Sense and Sensibility, and the other by Pride and Prejudice.

Margaret blurb: The elder Dashwood sisters have long been established in their new homes and families, but now it is Margaret’s turn to spread her wings, when Colonel Brandon asks for her help with a rather delicate matter.

Father Doesn’t Dance blurb: When George Darcy passes away, the women of Pemberley have to adapt. For one of them, however, what begins as a daring plan to save them all from destitution soon becomes a whole new lease of life.


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal?

I was vaguely aware of Pride and Prejudice, growing up, because my mum had the BBC adaptation (spread over what seemed like a thousand VHS tapes), but it wasn’t really until high school that I really got into Jane Austen’s world for myself. We studied Sense and Sensibility at school, which is usually the kiss of death for my interest in a book, but I fell in love with it (and, of course, with Alan Rickman’s Colonel Brandon, since we watched the film as well). I found that there were copies of Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility in the local bookshop for £2 a pop, so I thought I’d give them a read. I struggled a little with Emma – I can’t quite get on with the titular heroine, no matter how I try – but fell deeply in love with the other two. I do keep meaning to read Persuasion, with its abundance of Musgroves, but I just haven’t got round to it yet.

Q: Which Austen character do you like best? Which do you identify with most?

I love Colonel Brandon. Everything about him is just very sweet and solid and noble. I’m fond of Bingley and Darcy, too, despite their wildly different characters. Elinor Dashwood and Elizabeth Bennet are firm favourites, too – and I think it’s Elizabeth, of all Miss Austen’s characters, that I relate to the most. Like her, I usually have my nose stuck in a book, and I’m far too sarcastic for my own good!

Q: Why do you think the Regency is such an appealing period to write and read about?

That’s a puzzler. I think, for me, it’s a bit of an escape. While all those rules and formal etiquette lessons are a nightmare from a research point of view, they do provide a comforting sort of foundation to base things on. You know where you stand when a character comes into a room and bows – or when he doesn’t! – and you can be sure that if an entail is in place, there’s no way around it (unless, as in my story Father Doesn’t Dance, you’re very creative…) It’s also nice to imagine myself living in a gorgeous stately home or even a nice cottage with a fireplace that smokes! And then, of course, there are those fantastic outfits…


eleanor musgroveAuthor bio: Eleanor Musgrove is a graduate of the University of Kent, and a one-woman word machine at least one month out of the year. She is currently working towards publishing her first novel, and has many more tales to tell.

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Author interviews: Andrea Demetrius

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

Today’s interviewee is Andrea Demetrius, who wrote the story Outside the Parlour, which takes a intriguingly different perspective on Darcy than Austen’s.

Blurb: Darcy is a single man of eight-and-twenty and in possession of a good fortune. Talk of marriage and prospects crowd in on him – as do reports in the broadsheets of convictions for ‘unnatural’ crimes. He knows his fate. A decision must be made soon.


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal? Has she surprised you since then?

My childhood neighbour lent me Pride and Prejudice when I was about 12 years old. I still have the book, I never gave it back—I suppose, if she asks for it, I could return it… But I’m counting on several countries separating us now, and on the fact that she’s become a mathematician… I am still sputtering over that choice. I think it’s my well-served punishment for such an incredible betrayal!

And, sure, it’s possible that it had such a strong, lasting impact because of the mode of its acquisition. Somehow it still stands out amongst my other books, despite that, since then, I have purchased other copies of the book.

It’s surprising because with every subsequent read, all through the years since that confusing first time, the message—or, better said, my focus on the story and its characters—changes, and with each new reading, I take different things with me.

Q: Which Austen character do you like best? Which do you identify with most?

I can’t honestly say that I have one single character that I like best—my coming into synch with them changes, depending on my mood and the reason for going back to read them. Neither can I say that I identify with any character that I have ever read. I see them more as if they are teaching me, showing me things, about society, or myself. But, yes, at times, it does happens that one or another seems to exist solely to justify my feelings or behaviour, and then it’s such a joy to encounter them—whether to take comfort in, or vindication from, depends upon the occasion.

Q: Why do you think the Regency is such an appealing period to write and read about?

Oh. I grew up in an environment much like that—which is such an irony, considering the political climate of where I was born, but it’s true nonetheless. It only begins to feel somewhat incongruous now, like it should have done then, when I try to introduce my eleven-year-old niece to Austen with the idea that the society’s rules and behaviours will talk to her the same as they did to me. I think things have changed, though. The structure of our society had finally changed, and her generation will only read that period as any other historical period, entertaining and full of discoveries, but harder to place within our present lives.


Author bio: Andrea Demetrius lives on the island of eternal spring, or so the brochures say. She cannot confirm that statement since she is often unable to put down her books to step outside and check.


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Author interview: Atlin Merrick

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

Our next interviewee is Atlin Merrick, who wrote the story Hide nor Hair, which features original characters in a Regency setting.

Blurb: Adam Ashford Otelian began to suspect something when he saw Miss Mary Hay’s beard. Though to be fair, Adam found Miss Hay’s beard only the second most intriguing thing about her.


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal?

I was twenty. I bought Pride and Prejudice at a car boot sale and, while waiting for my friend to finish looking around, I opened the book and read the most classic opening line in all of literature. That was the end of that. Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite of Austen’s books.

Q: Which Austen character do you like best? Which do you identify with most?

Elizabeth Bennet, of course.

Q: Why do you think the Regency is such an appealing period to write and read about?

I think writing Regency is appealing because you must learn to write about passion, love, disappointment, even death, in a new way, a quieter way, less florid or melodramatic. Writing Regency teaches you a new language.


atlin-merrickAuthor bio: Atlin Merrick is the author of The Night They Met and the upcoming The Six Secret Loves of Sherlock Holmes. As Wendy C. Fries she’s written The Day They Met, hundreds of features on high tech, finance, and health, and is fascinated with London, lattes, and theatre.

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Author interview: Adam Fitzroy

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

Next is Manifold Press stalwart Adam Fitzroy, who wrote the story One Half of the World, inspired by the novel Emma.

Blurb: How much more romantic must it be to be stolen away in the night by a lady dressed as a man, to be thrown across the saddle of her horse and to be galloped off with across the moors by moonlight?


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal?

It was the 1972 BBC TV version of Emma which first took my fancy; I was never an Austen fan growing up because I was far too invested in the Brontës, and I’d got it into my head that it wasn’t actually possible to like both. (I had a pretty strange childhood, so it’s probably best not to enquire further!) Not knowing the stories, of course, the fact that Emma ends up marrying Mr Knightley initially took me by surprise – and I remember being similarly astonished years later when (spoiler alert!) I found out that Marianne married Colonel Brandon. This wasn’t the standard boy-meets-girl template I was used to at the time from TV and movies, and I suspect I was initially wowed by the idea of an experienced older man being selflessly in love with someone considerably younger.

Q: Has she surprised you since then?

Yes, by being funnier than I originally expected. The Brontës, bless their hearts, may be many things, but ‘funny’ isn’t really on the list! There’s a wry, waspish humour in the creation of characters like Mrs Elton, Miss Bates and (elsewhere) Mrs Norris which makes them laughable on the surface but also gives them a deeply unhappy core. Who would envy Mrs Norris’s lot, after all, being sent off into what sounds like the dreariest possible exile? And can we really imagine that Mrs Elton and her caro sposo will ever truly be happy? And the putting-on-the-play sequence in Mansfield Park, which gets more and more out of control as it goes on, just feels like slapstick to me – complete with the sudden glowering intervention of the comedy villain to bring it all crashing to a halt!

Q: Which Austen character do you like best? Which do you identify with most?

No doubt about it, right at the top of my list is Mr George Knightley. I like him because he embodies so many of the restrained virtues of an English gentleman; he’s gracious, charming, attentive to old Mr Woodhouse (who is another of the comical characters with sadness inside – not only is he a widower, but he’s probably also struggling with the onset of dementia), fair, patient, slow to anger and generous to a fault. Some of these qualities are of course also shared by Colonel Brandon, but Knightley is more at ease than Brandon in a social setting and less burdened by an unhappy past – although it’s also fair to say that he’s had less of the suffering which is supposed to be so good for the development of a person’s character!

I don’t think I identify strongly with any of Austen’s characters, but I have great sympathy with Harriet Smith’s romantic ineptitude; her persistence in falling for the wrong person and being damaged by it, and her daft obsessions such as saving Mr Elton’s court-plaster, definitely ring a distant bell with me. In the present day Harriet – who is, after all, a teenager – could get this sort of thing out of her system early by having crushes on TV or film stars; in the narrow world of Highbury she’s restricted to having futile obsessions for unsuitable men. Her crush on Mr Elton is largely Emma’s doing, and although Harriet’s deeply upset by the ending of her hopes I’ve never really been sure how much of her heart was in it in the first place. Her crush on Mr Knightley, on the other hand, strikes me as being perfectly reasonable – if transient – not least because he’s clearly the finest specimen of manhood to be discovered in the area. Her first-and-last love for Robert Martin, however, is a combination of teenage crush and grown-up decision-making; in modern parlance she ends up marrying the boy next door, and when that’s a clear-eyed choice arrived at with a bit of perspective the chances are it’s going to turn out rather well.

One more thing I’d like to add about Jane Austen’s work is this: it’s no surprise to me that a ‘spin-off culture’ has emerged from it. Her characters are so deep and richly-drawn that it’s natural to want to know what happens to them next, what would happen if characters from different books met up, or how they would deal with the sudden arrival of either Jemima Rooper or a zombie plague; there are enough characters, enough plots, and more than enough wonderful writing in Austen to provide those who enjoy her work with talking-points to last them quite happily from now until Doomsday – or beyond!


adam-fitzroyAuthor bio: Imaginist and purveyor of tall tales Adam Fitzroy is a UK resident who has been successfully spinning same sex romances either part-time or full-time since the 1980s, and has a particular interest in examining the conflicting demands of love and duty.

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Author interview: Lou Faulkner

A CERTAIN PERSUASIONThis series of mini-interviews features the authors who contributed to our Austen anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION.

First up is Lou Faulkner, who wrote the story A Charming Marine Prospect which opens our volume.

Blurb: Birds of a feather flock together, they say, and William Elliot and Richard Musgrove strike up an instant rapport when they meet in the vicinity of Lyme, a few years before the events of Persuasion. But is their relationship any more to be trusted than the unstable landscape of the nearby Under-cliff which they explore together?


Q: How did you discover Jane Austen and her works? What was the initial appeal? Has she surprised you since then?

I first encountered Jane Austen at school. I must have been about fourteen, and we were studying Pride and Prejudice. The first night’s homework was to read a few chapters. I just carried on reading. It was the line about Darcy determining not to look at Elizabeth that hooked me; I just had to find out how they ended up together, because obviously they were going to.

After I finished that, my mother oh-so-casually remarked that she liked Jane Austen because she was funny, and I made my way through the rest of the six novels. They are indeed very funny, but the more I read them, and the more I learn about the Georgian period, the more I see in them. For instance, the dark themes that are glossed over, but are definitely there; slavery, prostitution, destitution, the double standards of society, the stain of illegitimacy, the sudden violence of duelling. But it’s only since going into Persuasion in fine detail that I’ve realised just how much social commentary is in there, with the moribund gentry being mercilessly shown up by the meritocracy of the Royal Navy.

Q: Which Austen character do you like best? Which do you identify with most?

My favourite Austen character – well, not so much a character as a couple. Because Admiral and Mrs Croft are the very picture of what a married couple should be – even more so than Mr and Mrs Gardiner! The image of the Admiral, though undoubtedly a lion of the seas, not being quite in charge of his gig while on land, and his wife adroitly saving the day, sums up their marriage for me.

I find it difficult to identify with any of the characters – they’re so fully and vividly themselves that it’s impossible to imagine myself in their shoes. Instead, I’ll consider why Persuasion was my choice for this project. Jane Austen is not usually a great one for descriptions – people, interiors and countryside are barely described in the physical sense. But in Persuasion there’s a wonderful autumnal feeling, and evocations of the landscape of the south-west that put you right there, at the misty ending of the year. I don’t know why this particular novel was different from the others in this respect, but it made me as a writer want to go out into those landscapes and see what happened. I’ve walked the Undercliff at Lyme Regis myself, years ago. It’s a long tough tramp, and it really is memorably strange, so I found it easy to put that weirdness into a story. Plus I felt that Dick Musgrove got very short shrift from his author; and of course there was only one possible pairing for him!

Q: Why do you think the Regency is such an appealing period to write and read about?

As a Brit living in Australia, I’m constantly amazed at the popularity of the Regency over here. Such a short period in the history of a not very popular country – yet Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, to give just the two biggest names, are perennial favourites. More recently I’ve found that other fiercely independent nations such as South Africa and the USA also have healthy Regency readerships. I suppose it’s that so much was going on during those few years – the fight against Napoleon both at sea and on land, the Industrial Revolution getting under way, the wonderful clothes and the full-on gutsy nature of Georgian society. There’s just so much for a writer or reader to choose from!


lou-faulkner-iconAuthor bio: I live in a little house with a big garden in the far south of the world, and most of my life has revolved around books: selling them, lending them out, and more recently, writing them. Apart from bibliophilia, I’ve done a variety of different things, including years spent learning falconry, and I enjoy trying hands-on pursuits that might give me material for my stories: blacksmithing, tall-ship sailing and flying. I will attempt things in my writer’s persona that I would never contemplate as myself: this does not, however, extend to bungy-jumping.

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Author interview: Eleanor Musgrove and Michelle Peart

SUBMERGEOn 1 November, Manifold Press is proud to be releasing two titles under our New Adult imprint: SUBMERGE by Eleanor Musgrove, a story set in and around an LGBTQ+ nightclub; and TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STAR by Michelle Peart, a ‘road trip’ adventure on an alien plant.

We had some questions for them …

What does ‘New Adult’ fiction mean to you?

Shell: I read, watch, and love New Adult stories. My bookshelf is stuffed with books for a younger (than me) audience. For me, the genre is lighter, faster paced, and emotionally intense and that’s what I enjoy. I can’t see me writing anything other than New Adult.

Ellie: It’s funny – I hadn’t really heard much about New Adult as a genre until very recently. I didn’t particularly set out to appeal to that demographic with Submerge, but I did try to make it relatable and accessible to people my age and younger – new adults. It’s an important genre, I feel, as it covers an age of self-discovery and growth.

Do you think an author should approach writing New Adult fiction with a sense of responsibility? Perhaps more responsibility than for other adult fiction? Or is it more important that the fiction be entertaining?

Ellie: Well, I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive! You can definitely write entertaining responsible fiction. I do think it’s a little more important to write responsibly for younger audiences, but being responsible as an author doesn’t mean your characters have to be! It’s about showing consequences and effects, I think – readers are that bit less likely to have experienced any given situation for themselves so you want to make sure you’re not glamorising the wrong things too much, I think.

Shell: I was definitely aware as I wrote North Star who the target audience was and the responsibility surrounding that, but I didn’t let that hold me back.

TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STARWhat are some of your favourite examples of New Adult fiction by other authors?

Shell: I have sixty-seven Doctor Who books on my bookshelf! Yes, sixty-seven! They are written by various authors with my favourite book being The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole. I’d say they come under the Young Adult or New Adult umbrellas and all of them definitely influenced my writing.

Ellie: Ooh, Feast of the Drowned is amazing, I agree. Hm. I like Looking for Alaska by John Green, but I think my favourite is Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. It’s funny, diverse, and empowering – a must-read, I’d say.

What inspired you to write this particular novel?

Ellie: It was an accident! I generated some random throwaway characters to demonstrate one of the development techniques I use, with the express intention of never using them again. They became Jamie, Miles, Addie and Gina, and really wrote their own story while I tried to keep up!

Shell: A walk along a river at a place called Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire. There had been a storm and the river was awash with sediment from the hills above turning it from black-blue into a vibrant copper colour. The shallows glowed in the sunlight and I was enchanted. I searched my rucksack and wrote ‘The Copper River’ on an old receipt.

What are you working on next? Is it also New Adult?

Shell: At the moment I’m writing a New Adult Urban Fantasy called Brennar.

Ellie: I’m not done with my characters from Submerge yet! So I’m actually already fiddling about with a sequel – even if nobody but me ever reads it, I feel like I need to follow my characters a bit further yet. However, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, so I’m taking a break to work on a new project set in 1950s Cambridge. Should be fun!

Thank you, both, and wishing you any luck you may need with your novels!


Eleanor MusgroveEleanor Musgrove was born in a seaside town on the South Coast of England, where she developed a love of writing when she was very young. Other ambitions – and homes – have come and gone, but she has always wanted to be an author. After lots of practice, both through writing fan fiction and through participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) most years, SUBMERGE is her first novel. She’s pretty excited about it!

When she’s not writing or reading, Eleanor enjoys going to the theatre, walks in the woods, and getting far too emotionally invested in films and TV shows. She graduated from the University of Kent in 2014 with a BSc in Multimedia Technology and Design, and hopes to one day put it to good use.

If you’d like to keep up with Eleanor’s writing journey, or let her know what you think of her book, she keeps a blog at eamusgrove.wordpress.com.


Michelle PeartMichelle Peart is a writer, a designer, and a lover of the fantastical. During the past two years, she has completed four writing courses, two at an advanced level, and passed all with Distinction.

TO THE LEFT OF YOUR NORTH STAR is my debut novel.

New release Q+A!

The Press held a Q+A event on Facebook yesterday evening, in honour of new titles ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory and UNDER LEADEN SKIES by Sandra Lindsey. Unfortunately just as we got going, I realised I had mistakenly set up the event as private rather than public. As punishment, I have had all Cheesecake Privileges revoked until the end of the month. {woeful wail}

Meanwhile, I thought I’d copy across some of the more pertinent questions and answers. These are all from people who generally interact with us in public forums, and they are about (relatively) uncontroversial topics – but if there is anything that people would like removed from (or indeed added to) this post, please let me know!


Manifold Press: Hey everyone, how are we all? Welcome to our new release Q&A! Congratulations to Sandra and Elin on the publication of their new titles, both of which are making quite a splash with the readers!

Elin Gregory: Many thanks, Manifold. 🙂 How’s the test match going?

Manifold Press: Decently, thanks; looking at a possible declaration and setting Pakistan a target for the final day. Consensus seems to be that a draw is inevitable, depending on the weather …


Eleventh Hour by Elin GregoryManifold Press: We’re getting a lot of positive comment about the covers, both of which are absolutely spectacular. Creating covers is always a bit challenging, but this time I think our art team totally ‘knocked it out of the park’!

Tigg Cooper: Oh definitely, they’re gorgeous!

Manifold Press: I think we were extraordinarily lucky in being able to source such brilliant images – but that’s all down to hard work and diligence (and a certain amount of persuasive power) on behalf of our artists!

Elin Gregory: Super covers. And I really wish I could paint water like that.

Anna Butler: The covers are lovely.

Jay Lewis Taylor: Congrats to Shell.


Tigg Cooper: Oh, for anyone who doesn’t know, I’m Sandra Lindsey 🙂 Haven’t yet set up a FB account in my author name…


Under Leaden Skies by Sandra LindseyElin Gregory: I’ve got a question for Tigg / Sandra about Under Leaden Skies. Why Sunderlands? Why not one of the better known aircraft?

Tigg Cooper: Oh, that’s a long tale, with many different versions….

….I saw a Catalina (American flying boat) in RAF Museum Cosford, decided I wanted my airman to be a flying boat pilot, because I’ve always been rather intrigued by them myself, not having been around at the time they were operating…

…but then I found that Catalinas entered service quite late in the war, but there was another kind of flying boat, called a Sunderland, which operated for the whole war, giving me more flexibility with when the story could be set – and once I found there’d been some based at Pembroke Dock, it seemed reasonable that an airman based there could easily visit a ‘friend’ who was a miner in the South Wales valleys.

Of course, that’s not the part of their relationship I ended up writing about though!

Manifold Press: Did the RAF actually use Catalinas? I wrote some fan fiction once featuring a PBY Catalina …

Tigg Cooper: Yes, RAF Coastal Command used Catalinas – with their foldaway wheels, they’re more of an amphibious craft, whereas Sunderlands are “true” flying boats

Elin Gregory: Pembroke Dock, wow. I didn’t know that.

Manifold Press: They had mini-subs at Pembroke Dock, too IIRC.

Tigg Cooper: There’s a Sunderland on the bottom there still, which a group is raising money to try & recover & restore…

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Saturday Historical Novelist Interview re A PRIDE OF POPPIES

WWI anthology cover FINAL 200pxThe historical author Christoph Fischer reviewed our WWI charity anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES for the Historical Novel Society, and we are absolutely chuffed that the title has since been shortlisted for the HNS Indie Award 2016.

Today Christoph has posted an interview with POPPIES editor and author Julie Bozza. If you would like to read more about Julie herself, the Press and the POPPIES project, please follow the link:

Saturday Historical Novelist Interview with Julie Bozza

And thank you very kindly indeed to Christoph for the opportunity!

Interviews with our Poppies authors!

Historical novelist Elin Gregory is a lovely person and a very good friend of the Press – the latest instance of which is that she interviewed the authors of A PRIDE OF POPPIES, and posted the results to her blog over the past couple of weeks.

If you’d like to drop by Elin’s blog, you’ll find out about our authors’ inspiration, and about what else they’re working on now.

In reverse alpha, because I’m embarrassed about always coming first:

And please do share the love with Elin! She deserves every little bit of it, and every big bit, too.