Josie Brown, who wrote the book for Pride and Prejudice the Musical, sent me this tip from Publisher's Weekly, which titled its announcement: Creepy Fiction
Liz Scheier at Ballantine won a four-way auction for Michael Thomas Ford's Jane Bites Back. The novel presents an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by nearly 200 years of writer's block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel she finished just before turning into a vampire; she's becoming increasingly irritated that the rest of the world seems to be getting rich and famous off of her works and her life. The two follow-up books will be derived from the first. Waters said Ford, the author of many books for young readers and adults, is likely to publish this under a pseudonym; pub date still undecided.
On his blog the author Michael Thomas Ford stated that the book, which Josie's source described as a humorous and sassy account of Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire, will be out in late 2009.
Thanks for the tip, Josie. I suspect the publisher will publicize the heck out of these books. The questions is: Will Janeites take the bait and spend their hard earned dollars for these high concept novels? Posted by Vic, Ms. Place