Award Winning Author Donna Fletcher Crow Announces Kuna Idaho Pioneer Short Story, Jane Austen Centre UK Article, New Installments In Jane Austen Series Detailing Southhampton And PortsmouthDonna Fletcher Crow, award-winning novelist of British history, is also a serious and indefatigable traveling researcher who depicts people and places from both past and present. She has won a plethora of high level industry awards across multiple genres, all the while gathering exemplary reviews from professional reviewers, avid fans and casual readers. She recently announced 3 new articles, all available at "The Authorized Version" blog.
The first is a short story entitled "A Nostalgic Look at the Fourth of July". In this narrative, a young Kuna pioneer experiences blow-out holiday celebrations in 1907 and a history-making trial in which Clarence Darrow, Harry Orchard, Big Bill Haywood and William Borah play prominent roles in the trial over the assassination of Governor Steunenberg.
The Jane Austen Centre in the UK recently republished one of her articles on their website entitled "A Look at Jane Austen and Dawlish". The piece details the experience of a budding novelist who received personal advice from Jane Austen. The new article is available at the Jane Austen Centre website.
Finally, Crow recently announced publication of a new "Jane Austen at the Seashore" series. Crow invites readers to come along via the ongoing series of articles posted to her website entitled "The Authorized Version". In the new series, she recounts her experiences visiting Jane Austen's favorite (and sometimes not-so-favorite) seaside resorts across England’s south coast and relates them to Jane’s life and novels. The sites in the new series include, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis, Worthing, Brighton, Ramsgate, and (moving inland) Chawton.
The latest entries in the "Jane Austen at the Seashore" series include "Portsmouth: Reliving Jane Austen's Mansfield Park" and "On the Jane Austen Trail in Southampton: Humor, Gardens and Balls".
Crow recently explained this departure in her literary output. “In publishing a short story as a means of celebrating the Fourth of July weekend, I have discovered the pleasure of working in this genre. Although I am known as “Novelist of British History,” I also have deep love for my own Boise Valley. Highlighting some of our fascinating history from more than a century ago was a delight which I hope will increase my readers’ knowledge while enriching the meaning of the Fourth of July for them as well.
“I am also especially delighted that the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, which does so much to bring the life and work of this preeminent literary figure to today’s generation, chose to present my article on their website blog and in their newsletter to thousands of subscribers around the world. Jane’s advice on novel writing to her young niece Anna is still as valid to writers today as it was 200 years ago. I often think of some of it while writing my own books.
“In addition, my on-going Jane Austen-led series on visits to English Regency Seaside spas has now reached the mid-point. I particularly enjoyed my visit to Portsmouth as I sought out the sites Jane used in her novel ‘Mansfield Park’ and experienced them through the eyes of her heroine Fanny Price. For my exploration of Southampton I drew heavily from the letters Jane wrote whilst living there. The flashes of her humor are great fun.
“Since I usually produce sustained, novel-length, sometimes even epic works, it is a departure for me to be focusing on articles and short stories. I am finding this enormously refreshing—for me, and I hope for my readers. I, of course, am also working on a new mystery novel set at Jane Austen’s seashore, but in the meantime it is a joy to keep touch with my readers through these shorter works.”
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 45 books, mostly novels of British history. The award-winning 'Glastonbury' is her best-known work, 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 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. Her current short story “A Nostalgic Fourth of July” is based on a scene from ‘Kathryn: Days of Loss and Hope'.
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 the reader to the sites featured in Donna’s current blog series, following the steps of a murderer.
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.
The Monastery Murder 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' and 'An All-Consuming Fire'.
Where There is Love, a 6-book series of the enduring legacy of love and faith, featuring historic people and events of the 18th and 19th centuries. Where Love Begins, book 1, has just been released in print for the first time. It is the story of Catherine Peronnet whose world is in tatters. Charles Wesley is engaged to another, her brother beaten by an angry mob, and her favorite pupil forced to leave school. Catherine endures the terrors of a circuit-ride, a threatened French invasion and the Great London Earthquake before finding happiness. Other titles in the series are: Where Love Illumines, Where Love Triumphs, Where Love Restores, Where Love Shines, and Where Love Calls.
Donna Fletcher Crow's work has received a number of high-level industry honors. These include:
A Lethal Spectre Pinnacle Achievement Award: Mystery, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Donna Fletcher Crow
PO Box 1613
Shallotte, NC 28459
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 14 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is remembered by Idahoans with long memories 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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