At the end of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen wrote:
Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort and to have done with all the rest.
It is my goal in writing the books found in the Other Pens Collection to take up my pen and continue the stories of various Austen characters who were at fault in some way in Miss Austen’s novels. In these stories of redemption and reformation, I do not look to dwell on the characters’ guilt and misery so much as help them find a way to overcome their failing and find their own happiness.
This collection is and will be an ever growing and shifting creation until such time as the stories seem to have all been written. How the final arrangement and allotment of stories will look, I cannot say. However, as of the publication of this book, Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy, I can tell you that Through Every Storm will be placed in this collection as the first Pride and Prejudice Other Pens book, and Henry’s story will be only the first in a series of tales featuring characters from Mansfield Park as well as some completely original characters whose lives have in one way or another been intertwined with Henry’s. As these stories are written, you will be given glimpses of how Henry’s life unfolds after he finds his happiness at the end of this tale.
To be part of this ever changing collection, you should join my Other Pens Facebook Group. In this group, you will be able to discuss the various books in this collection, and I will keep you updated on the progress of stories as well as ask for your input regarding what other stories I should consider.
If you read the dedications for Through Every Storm and Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy, you will find that these books are the direct results of readers placing the challenge of redeeming a character before me. Following in the tradition that began this group of stories, I will be running a poll on the group page for one month following the publication of this book asking which of two characters (Charles Edwards or Mary Crawford) should “star” in the next book in this series. I look forward to seeing which character I will get to work with next.
Now, shall we get on with the business of finding out how Mr. Crawford has changed and is changing following the close of Mansfield Park?