Author of the Month – Caitlin Williams

Good Afternoon everyone,

It’s the end of the month, so I’m back with my author of the month feature, and this month’s Author of the Month is Caitlin Williams, a very special writer to me.

Caitlin Williams has recently announced she will stop writing for a while because she wants to dedicate more time to her family, and even if I’m cheering for her, I was obviously a little sad with this surprising announcement because her writing is one of the best I’ve ever seen in JAFF, and she is one of those authors I always recommend to friends who want to read quality books with well-conceived plots and characters on top of an extraordinary writing.

My admiration for Caitlin Williams’ writing is not new, I was absorbed by Ardently when I read it in June 2015 and it was the third book I reviewed when I started this blog. The author captured my attention with an emotional and gripping story and three years later that book still remains one of my all time favourite books.

Caitlin Williams develops unique stories with incredible scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth that are hard to forget and that is one of the reasons why I love her books so much. She is not afraid to portray these characters in different stages of their lives, placing them in different environments and facing different challenges, but she is always faithful to their personality, to those traits that would always remain the same regardless of the time. Her characters are interesting because their life experiences have changed them into a different version of themselves but always true to Austen’s creations.

Apart from the innovation she brings into her works, her writing is absolutely exquisite! She doesn’t always have the same style but each of her books is beautifully written, engaging and touching. Caitlin Williams is unconventional and immensely talented, her compelling prose always finds a way to my heart and I always find myself wanting to devour her books and carve her words in my memory. I’ve said this before but she has a talent that cannot be taught, she surprises me with each book which is always a page-turner; Ardently was intense and romantic, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet was edgy, When We Are Married was humorous and there are no words to describe the darker tone of The Events at Branxbourne, which is probably one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.

Some people were meant to do specific things in life and Caitlin Williams was meant to write. She is a remarkable writer that I must recommend not only to a specific audience, but to everyone who enjoys a good book. She will pierce your heart and soul at every page and you will not want to stop reading her stories until the very last word. Even after finishing her books I believe you will want to go back and re-read many scenes because they are so incredible you just want to relieve them over and over again.

I wish I had the same talent Caitlin Williams has with words because if I did, maybe I could do her justice and describe how wonderful her books are, but with my poor writing skills I can only hope you have understood what my heart wants to convey: this author cannot be missed!

If you have not read anything by Caitlin Williams yet, please do, you are missing an unforgettable experience and I’m sure you will find a favourite, just like I did!

These are the books that made me choose Caitlin Williams as author of the month:

My Review   Amazon.com

My Review   Amazon.com

My Review   Amazon.com


My Review   Amazon.com


 

 

Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England.

She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.

Pride and Prejudice is Caitlin’s favourite novel and she finds Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet so deliciously entertaining that she likes to borrow them from Ms Austen and enjoys the challenge of putting them in different places and situations.

She has written four variations of Pride and Prejudice, ‘Ardently’, ‘The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet’, ‘When We Are Married’ and ‘The Events at Branxbourne’.

‘The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet’ was a best-seller and was voted the readers favourite at Austenesque Reviews in 2016.

 


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It’s wonderful to be visiting at From Pemberley to Milton again. I am a late boomer in terms of JAFF. My first book Ardently was published in 2015, and as I have a couple of small, demanding children, I am quite a slow writer. I have written only one book a book a year since then and now have four published novels. I also have a short story included in Christina Boyd’s anthology The Darcy Monologues; a project it was an honour to be included in as it features some of my favourite writers.

All four of my books are very different from one another. I like to greatly alter the circumstances in which Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves in and likewise, I prefer the more outlandish plotlines in my reading too. I don’t mind Darcy being a pirate and adore it when Elizabeth is a governess. My favourite JAFF is of the really inventive kind; those big, brave, crazy stories, or ones where the story starts before Pride and Prejudice begins, or where there has been a big gap in time after the Hunsford Proposal.

The book I took the most pleasure in writing is The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet. I love the young Elizabeth Bennet in it. Some readers felt she was too much like Lydia, but she was not silly, or giggly, nor did she chase after soldiers, she was merely grief-stricken and impulsive and too young to face everything that had been thrown at her. I enjoyed exploring her character, writing it as it might have been before she grew into herself and found her maturity. A pompous young Darcy was great fun too.

As much as I love Darcy and Lizzy, I am currently taking a break from Pride and Prejudice. I am working on an Emma story for another of Christina’s anthologies, but after that I am going to relax and not write anything for a while. I’ll always have a million stories floating around in my head, but I need some time out to figure out which one inspires me the most.

I love to read, and I love films and music, gardening and decorating the house, and hanging out with my little people, so that’s what I am to do for the rest of year. It’s lovely to be author of the month. Thanks so much.


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It’s hard to choose a favourite book from Caitlin Williams but as The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet has a special place in her heart I would like to offer a copy it to one of my readers. To apply all you have to do is comment on this post until the 14th of July. The giveaway is international and all thoughts are welcome 🙂

Good luck everyone!

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44 responses to “Author of the Month – Caitlin Williams

  1. J. W. Garrett

    Rita… I am so excited that you chose Caitlin Williams as your ‘Author of the month.’ I have not read the latest book but I have read the others. OMG!!

    Caitlin, we honor you today and understand that you need time to recharge and to spend time with the family. This is time you cannot regain with your little people. Enjoy them and let the muse rattle around in your head and it will be stronger for it. Otherwise you can burn out. We don’t want that. Enjoy the rest of the year. Have fun with the little ones and thank you for all your hard work.

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    • Thanks Jeanne and Rita for the kind, kind words. I am immensely flattered.

      I have met some really lovely, great people in JAFF. And though I have no compulsion to write at the moment, I shall certainly be hanging around to read all the great stories from my favourite authors. Joana Starnes and Karen Cox have books out this week!

      Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

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    • Oh Jeanne, please read it as soon as you can, I think it is her best book, the most intense and well written one. Don’t know if I loved it more than Ardently, but I certainly consider it a masterpiece 🙂

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  2. Mary

    Rita and Caitlin,

    Thank you for such an interesting post! I’m a great admire of Caitlin’s work and have read all but one of her books and loved each one!
    If I had to choose a favourite I think I’d opt for TCOAOEB. How I adored the angst and plot of that story,one that saw me burning the midnight oil,so determined was I to find out what would become of ODC!!

    Caitlin,thank you for many hours of reading pleasure you have gifted us with your wonderful way with words!! Enjoy every minute spent with your little people and your husband.
    When the time is right,I look forward to reading your next book,no doubt one that will be breathtakingly different!!! ☘

    Rita,thank you for hosting! Your respect and affection for Caitlin is very evident in your choice of words!!

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    • Thanks Mary, one of the lovely things about the JAFF world is the readers, who give such great support, praise and encouragement to writers. And, they’re so kind to new writers, who are still fumbling around and making mistakes. I hope you are having a great weekend.

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    • Thank you Mary, it’s good to know you got my message even if poorly displayed. I find it so curious to see that most people’s favourite book from Caitlin in TCOAOEB, as that would not be my choice. Which one have yet to read?

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  3. I am happy to hear you are working on an Emma short story for an anthology book as I haven’t read any Emma stories before. Although I will miss your stories taking a break to relax and spend time with family is a great thing.

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  4. Claire Ferguson

    The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet is one of my favourite books! I loved meeting a young Lizzy and ‘watching’ her grow in to a lady. Such an emotional, amazing book. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with us! ❤️

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  5. Sophia Rose

    Ah, as usual, you have the gift of choosing some really worthy authors for your Author of the Month. I was absolutely captivated by the Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet which put Caitlin solidly on my radar.
    Good for Caitlin to know when to set down the pen for a time and indulge in the things that will probably add more inspirations for later.

    No need to enter me, Rita! Great post!

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  6. caroleincanada

    I absolutely agree with you Rita! I love her writing style and the way she weaves a story around your heart. I am waiting for the paperback to come out on her latest book as I own all of them that way. I hope the wait is not too long! Please do not enter me in the giveaway.

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  7. Mary Preston

    All of these books are on my reading list. Thank you for the great highlight.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the recommendation, the giveaway, and making my TBR pile grow. 😉

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  9. Christina Boyd

    That news makes me sad because I am such a fan of Caitlin Williams. I am confident that the writing bug will strike her and she will not be able to resist! But I get it—sometimes you have to take a break. 💗💗

    I do want to say that she has a last story in the coming “Rational Creatures” anthology. And if you remember her “Death of a Bachelor” in our “The Darcy Monologues”, I know you will love this one too!

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  10. suzanlauder

    Caitlin Williams is truly a gifted writer, coming up with and executing plots that are decidedly different. I’m glad you chose tCoAoEB, Rita, as it’s my fave of her books, too, although they’re all crafted so the reader has specific enjoyment in the flow of the story. I respect your need for boundaries, Caitlin, and hope your break from writing is a short one. Until then, keep in touch and best wishes.

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  11. Ginna

    I have loved all of Caitlin’s books. I have not read “The Events at Branxbourne” yet, but it’s very new, and it takes me time to get to books. And Rita, you’re right; she is an excellent writer, and comes up with terrific plots. While I understand her reasons for doing so, I am sad that it will be a while until we are to have any more books from her.

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    • The Events at Branxbourne is in my opinion her best written book Ginna. I’m not sure if I love it more than Ardently, but it’s clearly the best book she has ever written 🙂

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  12. Thank you both, lovely ladies, for this gorgeous post, and thanks Caitlin for the blissfully sleepless nights and all the happy hours! I do hope your break from JAFF is a short one. I absolutely adore your writing. You portray our favourite characters so sensitively and lovingly, heart-wrenchingly at times and always so beautifully, and I need so much more of your exquisite prose!

    Have a magical summer and hopefully see you again soon.

    Lots of love to you both (and please don’t enter me in the giveaway, I have Caitlin’s gorgeous books in both Kindle & paperback and treasure them). Just wanted to pop by and spread the love 🙂 ❤

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  13. Glynis

    Another great choice Rita! I love Caitlin’s books . I haven’t read her new one but I do have it ready for when my daughter and family return to Australia.
    I’m so sorry to hear that you are not writing more P&P Caitlin but I totally understand the need to concentrate on your children as they grow so fast and next minute you have missed it.
    I hope the ideas keep flowing and eventually you find the time to write more.

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  14. Glynis

    P.S.. please don’t enter me in the giveaway as I already have it.

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  15. MaryAnn Nagy

    Thank you for sharing your life with us and your great talent to write novels that are intriguing. I have read all your novels and loved them all. My favorite Jane Austen subjects that she wrote about are Darcy, Elizabeth and also the Colonel. I was honored to be highlighted in your novel, “The Events at Branxbourne” however, I still hold a special place in my heart for “The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet.”

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  16. Betty Campbell Madden

    Enjoy the treasure of a family, but remember to keep a notebook filled with future story notes, Caitlin.

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  17. Elaine Jeremiah

    I’m really loving ‘The Events at Branxbourne’ Caitlin! It’s gripping. Can’t wait to read your other novels too. I hope you have a good break and do what you need to do.

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  18. Jennifer Redlarczyk

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I just finished off The Events at Branxbourne but have not read any other of Caitlin’s books. So if I’m a winner of The coming of Age of EB that would be wonderful. I so enjoy her writing. Jen Red

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  19. I think your writing skills is decently good enough for a person whose English is not their native language. So don’t belittle yourself, Rita. In fact I’m also like you as I don’t know how to express myself clearly. So we are in the same boat.

    Thanks for featuring Caitlin as the author of the month. It’s great to learn why you enjoy and love her books so much. Caitlin, all the best in your endeavours. I hope you enjoy a well deserved break and come back with another fabulous novel.

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  20. Dung

    Rita, your words definitely did Caitlin justice. I agree with all your points.

    Caitlin, as a JAFF fan I’m sad that there are no plans for another JAFF book from you in the near future; however, I understand and appreciate the contributions you made to the JAFF community and your time commitments to your family. Your writing is truly amazing. You are definitely one of the best JAFF authors in my opinion. You’re able to to write P&P variation in a way that is captivating and moving all at once. You take plot situations that I usually don’t care for and turn them into stories that I just can’t get enough of.

    Thank you for your wonderful writing. I’m already looking forward to when you decide to come back and start writing!!! 😬. Enjoy your time with your family. I’ll be sure to re-read your stories in the meantime.

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