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:
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.
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.
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!