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Victoria Connelly’s first novel, Flights of Angels was chosen as one of five titles to be promoted by Random House, Germany, to celebrate World Book Day and was also adapted into a TV movie.  Her novel Molly’s Millions was a runner-up in the 2006 Elizabeth Goudge Award, and in 2009 was published as a lead title in the UK by Allison & Busby and chosen as a “hot pick” in Closer magazine. Her new trilogy, featuring Jane Austen addicts, is her first foray into Jane Austen related fiction. Connelly lives in London, England.



MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into the challenges,authernicty,and research required in writing a historical fiction/romance?

Some writers love research and some hate it.  I love it because it provides me the opportunity to learn new things about subjects I might never have chosen to study otherwise.  For my Jane Austen Addicts Trilogy, the research was pure joy.  I am a life-long Austen fan so rereading all her novels and watching the many wonderful film adaptations was hardly a tough day at the office for me.  I revelled in it and, if my husband came in when I was watching Colin Firth emerging from the lake yet again, I could honestly tell him that I was working.


I also had the joy of reading Jane Austen’s letters to her sister and some of the biographies about her life.  I visited the places associated with her – spending many a happy hour at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, staying in the seaside town of Lyme Regis and walking the streets of the Georgian city of Bath.  I even got to stay in ‘Barton Cottage’ – the house that was used in the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility and I wrote part of Mr Darcy Forever whilst there, using the setting in my book.


Another highlight was taking part in the Jane Austen Festival in Bath.  Although I didn’t wear a costume, I met dozens of people who had travelled from all over the world to be there because of their love of Jane Austen.  It was a real insight into the fan base that this author has and really humbling as an author to see that these stories are still loved over 200 years after them first being published.


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