Melanie Kerr, author of Follies Past, is available for interviews, live and written, and for literary events, with or without period costume. Book distributors welcome.

Print Length: 280 pages
Size: 1663 KB
Publisher: Petticoat Press
Sold by: Amazon and Createspace
Language: English
Genre: Regency Historical Fiction/Jane Austen Fan Fiction
Format: eBook and Paperback


About the Book:

Caroline Bingley is convinced of Mr. Darcy’s affection and determined to convert his regard into advantageous matrimony as swiftly as propriety will allow. Young Georgiana Darcy has just been taken from the innocent seclusion of her country school, and is about to be sent off to face the rigours of town, to complete her education in all the ways of society before entering upon it. Mr. Darcy intends an alliance between his young charge and his closest and most affable companion, Mr. Bingley, who, in all his self-effacement, betrays no knowledge of the scheme. Colonel Fitzwilliam has his own ideas about Georgiana’s future, while Lady Catherine regards the whole affair with all the disdain and suspicion befitting of her rank.

As the cast turn their faces to London, to that mire of all things perilous and enticing in the way of public balls and morning calls, one gentleman awaits them with all the charm and breeding that a handsome face and merciless ambition can beget.

200 years after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, this new novel treats readers to the complete and dramatic history of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham.  To read it is to step back into the charming world of Jane Austen’s England, to pass a few more hours with some of her beloved characters, sympathetically portrayed as they might have been before ever they came to Netherfield. With language convincingly reminiscent of Austen herself, and a meticulously-researched Regency setting, Follies Past is the book Austen fans have been waiting for.

About the Author:

Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. She is a regular attendee at meetings of her local chapter of JASNA, and has numerous times arranged for large groups of Canadians to join her in attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England. 

In addition to penning Follies Past, Melanie also scripted, directed and produced 3 film-style trailers for her book, using costumes she designed and created herself.

Melanie is a reckless lover of clotted cream, a staunch defender of the semi-colon and a fierce opponent of unpleasant music. She wooed her current and only husband with false promises of skill at word games and eternally good hair. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her two sons, sews her own Regency costumes, runs a Jane Austen Fun Club, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world and occasionally practices law. Follies Past is her first novel. 



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Twitter: @folliespast

Praise for Follies Past:

"From the first two paragraphs it was clear to me that I was to become a captive audience.
The language was beautiful and very similar to Austen's. It was a fast read and what a delightful fast read." - Bibliobetty Books

"Kerr manages to evoke the essence of Jane Austen in the first sentence of this book, and carries it through to a satisfying ending with humour, intelligence and heart-warming characterisation... The language is exquisite, and so Austen-like I found it hard to differentiate between them. The story is well researched... The characters are well rounded and fascinating in their own right... Definitely one of the best fan fiction books I have read." - Historical Novel Review

Sample Interview Questions:

These questions and answers are provided to give ideas for interviews. Feel free to use them as they are here, or to provide interview questions of your own. We will try to have the completed interview returned within a week, but can respond more quickly if required.

There are a lot of Jane Austen fan fiction books out there. What is different about yours?

My background is in linguistics and English language, and I took the word use and the syntax very seriously. To me, it was very important that there be no anachronisms in the language or in the portrayal of the period generally. Having the benefit of my educational background gave me, I think, something of an advantage in that respect.
What was your motivation for writing a prequel?
The first Fan Fiction book I read was a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, and I quickly decided that I did not like sequels. One of the things I love best about Jane Austen is her endings. They tie up like a bow on a present, and leave the reader feeling satisfied and happy. And everyone gets to imagine what happens after happily ever after. With a prequel, the story we love is all yet to come; it all still leads to the same happy ending.
In the case of Follies Past, the facts of the story are supplied by Jane Austen herself. The book is based on the letter that Darcy gives to Elizabeth, so I felt more comfortable writing it. There was much less speculation involved because Austen gave us the main points of the plot.
When did you first become fascinated by Jane Austen and why?

A friend gave me Pride and Prejudice in university, about 15 years ago. She had read it in a literature class and thought I would like it. She was right;  I couldn’t put it down. When I look back on it, I remember sort of imagining it in a modern setting, because I didn’t have any references for the aesthetic of the period. I hadn’t seen any of the movies and didn’t know what anything would have looked like. I have, over time, come to love all Jane Austen’s work, and to develop a fascination for the period, which is consistent with my lifelong love of fancy dress and pastoral imagery, but my first encounter with Jane Austen didn’t involve any of that, and I loved it anyway. In her work, drama, make-believe and grammar came together in a charming, intelligent and escapist way that captivated my imagination. I have been sewing my own petticoats and dreaming of Colin Firth ever since.

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