Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Favourite Reads of 2021

It's that time of year again when bookworms begin their reading challenge reviews. It's been a funny old year, and once again, I'm glad we have books during this strange time. Normally I just compile a list of my top five reads of the year, but with 63 books read in 2021 and a new… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2021

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown

Like everyone else on the planet, my 2021 didn't exactly go as planned, nor did my reading challenge. Let's have a look at what I set out to read, and what I actually managed to complete. It was a year in which I discovered my new favourite living author, more Brontë-inspired fiction, and re-discovered my… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Jodi Taylor’s The Nothing Girl: A Jane Eyre Inspired Fairy Tale for Adults?

Reader, I fire-trucking love Charlotte Brontë. There's a sentence I never thought I would write. An author famous for her strong heroines, misfits and outcasts trying to find a place in the world, and toying with her reader's emotions like a cat with a mouse (I'm sorry, who is that in the attic?! You can't… Continue reading Jodi Taylor’s The Nothing Girl: A Jane Eyre Inspired Fairy Tale for Adults?

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

The Brontë Juvenilia at the British Library: Guest Post by Tom A.

Recently, I semi-accidentally saw two of the Brontës' original juvenilia notebooks at the British Library. There's a reason it's cliched to say that seeing a historical thing in person is totally different to a photo or description: because it's true! For a historical text, a printed version has gone through word processing and editing, while… Continue reading The Brontë Juvenilia at the British Library: Guest Post by Tom A.

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“We’re Raising a Bunch of Brontës”: Guest Post on the Brontë Juvenilia by Tracy Neis

I didn’t read about the Brontës juvenilia until the early 2000’s, more than twenty years after I first read Jane Eyre. I was reading a biography of the Brontë family while vacationing with my own family along the Central Coast of California. My four daughters were still quite young at the time, and had brought along… Continue reading “We’re Raising a Bunch of Brontës”: Guest Post on the Brontë Juvenilia by Tracy Neis

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

A Tale of Two Glass Towns: A Novel

Reader, after sharing the exciting news about my publishing contract with Olympia Publishers recently, I'm now proud to present you with an image of the front cover.  How to describe the plot without giving the game away? In a nutshell, I can't. Here's a hint though; part science fiction, part fantasy, and part Brontë. I… Continue reading A Tale of Two Glass Towns: A Novel

Brontë, Flash fiction, Juvenilia, Literature

Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Hidden Treasure Charlotte Brontë looked at the quill in her hand and felt irritable. Abandoning her writing and walking to the parsonage window, she reflected on her surroundings. Haworth’s cobbled streets and countryside had provided an excellent setting for her childhood adventures; the four surviving Brontë siblings had roamed the moors whenever the weather had… Continue reading Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

When we think of fiction produced by the Brontës, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors; we do not tend to think of toy soldiers, tiny books, and African fantasy worlds. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village… Continue reading Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

Brontë, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

For those who need to hear this today; you got this. You will get through whatever terrible thing is currently occupying your mind. It will pass. Time is a healer. Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Reader, stay safe.’ It's OK not to be OK. In the UK there are organisations such as The Samaritans,… Continue reading “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

Brontë, Literature

A Tale of Two Glass Towns – coming soon.

Reader, it's time to share some exciting news with you. I've accepted a publishing contract for my novel, A Tale of Two Glass Towns. There are a few references to our beloved Brontës in there (of course), but there is also so much more. I do hope that you'll share my journey to publication and beyond.… Continue reading A Tale of Two Glass Towns – coming soon.