Crow writes meticulously researched, entertaining novels of romance, history, adventure and mystery in an engaging you-are-there style that allows readers to live the history. Reviewers have compared her work with PD James, Dan Brown and Barbara Pym.
WILMINGTON, NC, August 27, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Jane Austen is of singular interest to bestselling author Donna Fletcher Crow. She has written a number of books that tie into Austen and her life. She is a frequent online guest for book club discussions and is available to speak to groups on Austen related subjects. In a recent article posted on her site at https://donnafletchercrow.com/p/473/Jane-Austen-Celebrates-Queen-Eliz … lee-Trifle, she wrote the following:
“Jane Austen was picky about her sovereigns. She wrote her riotous romp through time ‘The History of England’ ‘By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian’ when she was 16 years old. Therein she declared that Elizabeth I, ‘that disgrace to humanity, that pest of society,” was “wicked’ and committed ‘extensive Mischeif[sic.].’ The supreme wickedness being the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.”
Yet Crow believes Jane Austen would have approved of Queen Elizabeth II, and would have likely enjoyed celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, as she enjoyed Queen Charlotte’s birthday in 1809.
When the Jane Austen Society of North America held their annual Box Hill picnic, Crow’s contribution was the Jubilee Trifle in honor of Jane Austen and Queen Elizabeth II
Crow said in a recent interview, “It was a great delight to be in London during the recent Jubilee Celebrations. We were able to attend several special events honoring Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking 70-year reign. As a special quiet moment amid all the hoopla my husband and I had a lovely afternoon tea in our hotel, where the signature piece of the celebration, Jubilee Trifle, was served.
“I couldn’t wait to share the dish and the experience with my fellow Janeites when we returned home, and then, through my blog, to give my readers the opportunity to replicate the fun. I am pleased as well to have been able to simplify and translate the complications of the elaborate dish for Americans.”
The full text of the article is available at her website.
In preparation for the Jane Austen Society of North America’s annual meeting this September in Victoria BC, Crow is busy preparing her talk “In London with Jane Austen and the Dashwoods” which she will present in the persona of Jane Austen. “Austen” will explain the meaning of the London locations she uses in her novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and show how understanding these sites gives the reader a deeper insight into her characters.
Donna Fletcher Crow is no stranger to portraying her literary role model. Crow has two videos on YouTube “Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W0WI_-qFwE and “Jane Austen from Paradise to Portsmouth” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDamVe-w60E. In each of these copiously illustrated talks, “Jane Austen” takes viewers to the sites she knew well in her lifetime and explains how she used them in her novels Mansfield Park and Persuasion.
Donna is currently in the midst of finishing up her new Celtic Cross series. This series will be a 10-volume series of novels covering the history of Scotland and Ireland. The leading historic figures of the day interact with fictional characters to bring the stirring events alive. Each epoch is tied to the series with the on-going events in the lives of modern young people as old wars and current conflicts keep them striving to find answers that provide hope for the future.
Epoch 4 in this series ‘The Vanquishers of Tyranny, Of Priests and Patriots’, was recently awarded third place in Fiction for Adult Readers at the National Federation of Press Women National Communications Conference held in Fargo, North Dakota.
This novel tells the story two great patriots who fought for Scotland’s freedom: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, bringing to a conclusion the first 4 epochs of the Celtic Cross series which comprise Part 1, Scotland: The Struggle for a Nation.
The NFPW National Communications Contest is a nation-wide, two-tiered contest open to all writers. First-place winners from state-level contests are then moved to the national level of judging.
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 50 books, mostly novels of British history. She has taken a number of high-level industry awards for her work. Many of her books have been bestsellers in their categories, including ‘A Most Inconvenient Death’, which achieved #1 bestseller status in Christian Suspense. ‘The Fields of Bannockburn’, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part I: Scotland, The Struggle for a Nation is based, was listed as Fiction Bestseller by Christian Book Distributors and ‘The Banks of the Boyne’, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part II: Ireland, The Pursuit of Peace is based, hit #3 Best-Selling Fiction.
‘Glastonbury’ is her best-known book, which received the prestigious First Place, Historical Novel, award from the National Federation of Press Women. Readers and reviewers have raved about ‘Glastonbury’, calling it “The best of its kind,” “richly fascinating,” “beautifully researched,” “gloriously evocative,” and “panoramic.” One Amazon reader said, “WHAT a work! Every reader can be enveloped in the sheer scope and quality, every historian be constantly nodding at the precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fullness of scripture. For me it is simply beyond descriptive praise. I would urge all who value truth to treat themselves to a feast.”
The Celtic Cross is a 2-part series which begins with Scotland: The Struggle for a Nation. In 4 individual epochs it tells the stories of—’The Keeper of the Stone,’ St. Columba; ‘The Forger of a Nation,’ Kenneth MacAlpin; ‘The Refiner of the Realm,’ Queen Margaret; ‘The Vanquishers of Tyranny,’ William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The 10-book series will complete in the summer of 2022.
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a literary suspense series using literary figures as background: Rudyard Kipling in ‘The Flame Ignites’, Dorothy L Sayers in ‘The Shadow of Reality’, Shakespeare in ‘A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare’, and Jane Austen in both ‘A Jane Austen Encounter’ and ‘A Most Singular Venture’. Watch for ‘A Prodigious Sum of Corpses: Seeking Sanditon at Jane Austen’s Seashore’, which will take readers to all of Austen’s favorite seashore resorts. Accounts of Crow’s visits to these sites are available on her blog under the heading “Jane Austen Seashore Tour.”
The Monastery Murders Series features atmospheric contemporary crimes with their roots buried deep in the middle ages. Books in the series include ‘A Very Private Grave’, ‘A Darkly Hidden Truth’, ‘An Unholy Communion’, ‘A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary’, ‘An All-Consuming Fire’ and the newly-released ‘Against All Fierce Hostility.’
The Daughters of Courage, ‘Kathryn’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Stephanie’ is a pioneer family saga based on the stories of Crow’s own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise area. A short story on her blog entitled “A Nostalgic Fourth of July” is based on a scene from ‘Kathryn: Days of Loss and Hope’.
Where There is Love is a 6-book series of the enduring legacy of love and faith all based on historic people and events. The titles are: ‘Where Love Begins’, ‘Where Love Illumines’, ‘Where Love Triumphs’, ‘Where Love Restores’, ‘Where Love Shines’, and ‘Where Love Calls’.
The Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Books in the series include ‘A Lethal Spectre’, ‘A Most Inconvenient Death’, ‘Grave Matters’, ‘To Dust You Shall Return’ and ‘A Tincture of Murder’. Donna provides a no-charge download of ‘A Tincture of Murder’ for those who sign up for her newsletter. More information is available at her website.
Donna Fletcher Crow’s awards include:
Where Love Begins, Best Historical Romance, Pinnacle Awards 2019
A Lethal Spectre, Best Mystery, Pinnacle Awards, 2019
Glastonbury, First Place, Historical Fiction, National Federation of Press Women Award of Merit
The Banks of the Boyne, Silver Angel; First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
The Fields of Bannockburn, First Place Historical Fiction, National Federation Press Women
Professional Achievement Award, Northwest Nazarene College
Juvenile Books Award of Merit, Idaho Press Women
Top Idaho Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Outstanding Historical Fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Federation of Press Women,
Idaho Writer of the Year
Best Inspirational Novel, Finalist Romance Writers of America
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at [email protected]. All of her books are available at online book retailers. More information, including a no-charge download of ‘A Tincture of Murder’, is available at her website at https://www.donnafletchercrow.com.
About Donna Fletcher Crow:
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is a former English literature teacher and lifelong Anglophile. Idahoans with long memories will remember her as a former Queen of the Snake River Stampede, Miss Rodeo Idaho and runner-up for Miss Rodeo America. She is an enthusiastic gardener.
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