Jane Odiwe is a British author with a special interest in writing novels inspired by Jane Austen’s works. Her books continue the stories of beloved characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in Mr Darcy’s Secret, or tell Jane Austen’s own story, as in the novels, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Project Darcy, and Jane Austen Lives Again. Other works include the novels Willoughby's Return, Lydia Bennet's Story, and the novellas, Mr Darcy's Christmas Calendar, and Mrs Darcy's Diamonds.
Born in Sutton Coldfield, England, Jane gained an arts degree in Birmingham where she indulged her great loves of Fine Art, Literature, and History. After teaching in the Midlands and London for some years, writing novels took over her life. Jane lives in London with her husband, children and two cats, but escapes to "Fairyland", Bath, whenever she can!
Jane is an ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, established by Jane Austen's 5th great niece, Caroline Jane Knight. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society, the Historical Novel Society, and the Romantic Novelists' Association. When she’s not writing she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen’s world. Her illustrations feature in a short biographical film of Jane Austen’s life, and in the picture book, Effusions of Fancy.
On the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice Jane had an exciting interview for the BBC. You can watch her and some of her fellow authors talking about their passion for Jane Austen's work in the YouTube video below.