Saucy opinions like “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has no pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.” won Suzan Lauder, who thought, “I have to read more by this woman who writes with such snarky humour!”, and another Jane Austen fanatic was captured in the clever dead author’s net.
Since 2009, she has been an active writer, beta-editor, reader, and contributor to the online Austenesque world, as well as a dedicated researcher into the history, culture, and language of the Regency period in England. Lauder’s fascination with all things Regency inspired her creative blog series, the Thrift Shop Regency Costume Experiment, a project that transforms found, re-used, discount, and vintage items into quality, Regency-era outfits. The amusing and resourceful approach includes original patterns developed by Lauder herself. The popular blog has garnered support from Regency and upcycling bloggers and fussy Regency costumers.
Lauder’s latest published work is a short modern romance Delivery Boy, part of Meryton Press’s 2015 holiday anthology, Then Comes Winter, edited by Christina Boyd. Her current Regency novel, Letter from Ramsgate, is being posted at A Happy Assembly prior to publication in 2016.
Her debut novel, Alias Thomas Bennet, is a mature Regency romance with a mystery twist, a “what-if” variation of Jane Austen’s masterful novel, Pride and Prejudice.
…of most interest to Bennet was Mr. Darcy of Pemberley.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy attends the Meryton assembly, he befriends a quiet, intelligent gentleman. In frequent visits to his friend’s home, he becomes acquainted with the Bennet family of Longbourn. Yet Mr. Darcy is distracted by a strange feeling of having met some of them before.
This is a different Bennet family from the cleverly crafted one in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. This Mr. Bennet is a responsible gentleman who takes an active role in the education and upbringing of all five of his daughters, manages Longbourn to be prosperous, and displays loving guidance toward Mrs. Bennet—a gentle, caring mother and wife.
There is a mystery lurking at Longbourn—a secret unknown even to Elizabeth Bennet—and Mr. Darcy is entangled in its extraordinary revelations.
Who is Thomas Bennet?
Suzan Lauder and Mr. Suze recently purchased a small Spanish colonial house in Mexico for the benefit of two rescue tabby cats, who supervise her projects.