Returning to Mr. Darcy
by Sheena Austin
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Elizabeth Bennet has the perseverance and heart of a warrior, but life has knocked her down and she has lost her spark. However, after a car accident and awakening to find herself back in time with a man who calls her his wife, she finally finds the spark she had lost. She realizes it’s time to stop being scared and embrace the impossible.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is plagued with the possibility of his wife never recovering from amnesia. He shrugs off her odd habits as side effects of her accident. Distraught, he finds solace in keeping his distance at the bottom of a glass of whiskey. He assumes she has another lover, since she calls out for another man in the middle of the night, and when he sees her in the arms of another man, he is heartbroken, and finds it all too easy to sever what ties remain. When he comes to know the error of his ways, he wonders if Elizabeth could ever forgive him for his harsh judgment.
She stood beneath an old oak tree. Rain saturated her clothing. She studied the dress that clung to her skin and was alarmed — it looked as if it was from a different time. She hugged herself to remain warm, for the rain and cold seeped down to her very being. Tears burned her eyes, and the earth trembled beneath her feet as lightning struck the tree she stood under. The force of a falling tree branch knocked her to the ground. Face first in the mud, she felt someone lifting her up. Struggling to regain her balance, she wiped her hair out of her eyes. Her body collapsed, and she fell to her knees before her rescuer. “Aunt Jane,” she whispered. “Elizabeth, my sweet child, you must find me. You must leave this place at once.” “How do I find you? Where am I? I’m being held prisoner by a psycho.” “My sweet Elizabeth, there are forces at work that you wouldn’t understand. You are not a prisoner, and Darcy is a lost soul. He is stuck in his past self, just as you are.” Thunder boomed and lightning struck the ground next to Elizabeth. She jumped and screamed, and her heart pumped to the point that she was sure it would jump out of her chest. “Find me, Elizabeth. Inside, you will find the truth.” Jane handed Elizabeth a locket as she faded away into the mist.
Sheena Austin is the author of Returning to Mr. Darcy and Alexandria. A lover of all romance, fantasy, cat whisperer, and Kermit obsessed, the author currently lives in Virginia with her boyfriend and two cats. She is a substitute teacher and aspires to fulfill her dream of being a Special Education teacher.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I write a little bit of everything, though my first novella is a time travel Pride and Prejudice story. I have a short story YA Fantasy, and I currently am working on a couple of other stories. I’ve been writing for 28 years and I began writing when I was 10. My first story I wrote with my sister while we would sit outside and play. This was before the internet and Netflix. It was in the early 1990s and we had written a story about talking house cats. I still have it and it’s handwritten in pencil! I always loved to write when I was a child. I was big into Terry Brooks when I was 10 and that’s how I would spend my summers. I would get immersed in some fantasy book. That sparked my love for writing. I’ve also been writing poetry since I was 12. My Grandma Orr would always encourage me to write and not to give up on writing. She introduced me to my first romance novel by Victoria Holt, “The Lord of the Far Island” and believe it or not I was 12. It wasn’t a bodice ripper, so it sparked my love for sweet romances and later on inspired to write my own romance story.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I can do an impersonation of Kermit the Frog! I can only say “Hi Ho there Kermit the Frog here” if I say anything more it loses its magic and I sound so stupid! I guess a quirky thing about me is that I like collecting angels, fairies, anything Kermit the Frog, and Smurfs. I’m an 80’s child and you can tell if you saw my collection from my childhood. I love going to antique stores and every time I see something I had a child; I’ll point it out to my boyfriend. It’s like a walk down memory lane!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes, I researched writer’s block further for my own purposes before and it’s caused by fear and anxiety. Which makes perfect sense because when I get anxious and freak out about my writing or not coming up with anything interesting I get blocked. I’ve had writer’s block for several months before. I even had writer’s block writing “Returning to Mr. Darcy” however I got over that eventually by telling myself to just write for me and not worry about what others think. Ultimately this writing thing is about me and hopefully, it will bring joy to others who read my work. Knowing that I was doing something to make my dream happen helped me get out of my own head and write.
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