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Jane Odiwe | Mr Willoughby’s Return

November 12, 2009

JANE ODIWEWILLOUGHBY'S RETURNThank you so much for welcoming me to the blog and giving me a chance to talk about Willoughby’s Return!

I loved writing this book. Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite Austen novels and I enjoyed revisiting all the characters and places associated with them all. Writing the plot and thinking about how the characters interact with one another is one of the biggest joys-another is weaving in clues about what the characters look like and how they dress. It’s important in a historical novel to give a feel of the costume and clothing. The fashion at this time was wonderful. I’m sure part of the success of the recent spate of Austen films and adaptations is down to the accuracy and beauty of Regency dress. Who hasn’t imagined themselves dancing at a candlelit ball in white muslin, silk slippers on their feet, and an ivory fan to flutter?

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One Comment

  • Mary Anne Landers November 12, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Jane Odiwe: Thank you for your article.

    I too love historical fashion. I appreciate it when an author takes the trouble to describe details such as clothing and accessories, and ties them to other aspects of the book. For example, a telling detail can reveal as aspect of a character, refer to a backstory event, or reinforce a theme.

    But as for answering your question, well, I can't. There are simply too many styles covering too many periods for me to list my faves.