So, for Valentine’s Day this year I got my Dear Wife a very nice bound edition of a collection of 7 Jane Austen novels. She’d been telling me she wanted to read some classic women’s fiction of that sort, so I thought this would suit her nicely.
Unbeknownst to her, however, since that time I have been secretly reading these books for myself. And I have unabashedly fallen in love with the style and genre. So much so that, in fact, the thought of writing another word of fantasy or speculative fiction fills me with utter disgust and self-contempt.
For that reason, I am announcing today that I will no longer be writing such fantastic tripe. I will pursue a career, instead, in the genre of Literary Period Romance. I will be publishing under the name Stephanie Wyeth – because, of course, you can’t have a man’s name on the cover of a Literary Period Romance book.
My first book, tentatively titled “Attraction and Accountability”, will follow the misadventures of Miss Penelope Southampton, the younger daughter of wealthy merchant Carlsbad Southampton in the city of Kentshire, England, as she attempts to woo the attention of the dapper young Lord Vermillion. But Master Southampton won’t allow her to be married off until her older sister, Harridan, is first married. So Penelope devises a plan to have the odious old bachelor, Lord Rathsbaneshire, abscond with her unmarriageable older sister.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to start work on my first book of Literary Period Romance, “Attraction and Accountability”. I’m open to any suggestions and advice you have as I embark on this new endeavor. Wish me luck!