Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a beloved friend to Janine van der Kooy since she was a teenager. She recently discovered the world of variations again, though she recalls previously dabbling in writing her own short variation while residing in London for a year in the early 2000s.


She lives in Western Australia, one of the many proud naturalised Aussies to claim this beautiful island nation as her own since she immigrated with her family from Malaysia at the age of 6. She is happily married to her Mr Darcy, and they are parents to five children who are on their way to adulthood. She has a master’s in information management and worked as a librarian until she started having kids 20 years ago. A few years ago, she started working part time as the office administrator for her church, and now also works part time in the library of a theological college.


She started this writing project during the lost years of Covid, after sufficient encouragement from a friend who fell down the Austen variations rabbit hole with her, and because the English language is a treasure, Jane Austen a master of it, and quite frankly, because she likes homework.


Sufficient Encouragement is her first novel.