More About the Author
It's Here! Longbourn to London
Written before The Red Chrysanthemum, Linda Beutler's next book of Jane Austen Fan Fiction was actually her first: Longbourn to London. It is an expansion of that to which Jane Austen gave short shrift, the official engagement of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Precious few details are given of the betrothal period of her most beloved couple. We know that Mrs. Phillips becomes tiresome, our dear couple write letters to their families, and Elizabeth demands a reckoning of when Darcy began to love her. But beyond that, we have no notion of how they survived the Meryton social whirl that would have embraced them as a marvelous curiosity. Was there an awkward first kiss? How did the inquisitive Elizabeth manage her nerves as the wedding night approached? What were the details of the marriage settlement? To what heights of hysteria did Mrs. Bennet rise, as she arranged for the wedding of not one, but two daughters? How did Mr. Bennet escape the turmoil, or did he?
Consider Longbourn to London neither as a sequel nor a "what-if" diversion from the Pride & Prejudice plot, but rather an expansion of a small but intriguing portion of that wonderful tale of the blossoming of love and self-awareness for two fascinatingly complex characters.
Available NOW in Amazon's Kindle store, The Red Chrysanthemum by Linda Beutler, (Meryton Press. 2014 IPPY WINNER, Silver Medal for Romance, Independent Publishers Association.
Linda Beutler is an Oregon native who began writing professionally in 1996 (meaning that is when they started paying her...), in the field of garden writing. First published in magazines, Linda graduated to book authorship in 2004 with the publication of Gardening With Clematis (2004, Timber Press). In 2007 Timber Press presented her second title, Garden to Vase, a partnership with garden photographer Allan Mandell. Now in 2013 Linda is working with a new publisher, and writing in a completely different direction. Funny how life works out, but more on that in a minute.
Linda lives the gardening life: she is a part-time instructor in the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College, writes and lectures about gardening topics throughout the USA, and is traveling the world through her active participation in the International Clematis Society, of which she is the current president. Then there's that dream job--which she is sure everyone else must covet but which she alone has--Linda Beutler is the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, which is located at Luscher Farm, a farm/park maintained by the city of Lake Oswego. They say to keep resumes brief, but Linda considers Garden With Clematis her 72,000 word resume. She signed on as curator to North America's most comprehensive and publicly accessible collection of the genus clematis in July 2007, and they will no doubt not get shut of her until she can be carried out in a pine box.
And now for something completely different: in September 2011, Linda checked out a book of Jane Austen fan fiction from her local library, and was, to put it in the modern British vernacular, gob smacked. After devouring every title she could get her hands on, she quite arrogantly decided that, in some cases, she could do better, and began writing her own expansions and variations of Pride and Prejudice. The will to publish became too tempting, and after viewing the welcoming Meryton Press website, she printed out the first three chapters of her book, and out it went, a child before the firing squad. Luckily, the discerning editors at Meryton Press saved the child from slaughter, and Linda's first work of Jane Austen-esque fiction, The Red Chrysanthemum, will, God willing and the creek don't rise, be ready for publication in September 2013.
Linda shares a small garden in Southeast Portland with her husband, and pets that function as surrogate children. Her personal collection of clematis numbers something around 230 taxa. These are also surrogate children, and just as badly behaved.