Finola Austin

Finola Austin

Finola Austin, also known as the Secret Victorianist on her award-winning blog, is an England-born, Northern Ireland-raised, Brooklyn-based historical novelist and lover of the 19th century.

Her first novel, Brontë’s Mistress, inspired by the true story of the older woman who had an affair with Branwell Brontë, will be published by Atria Books in August 2020. 

Fellow historical novelist Elizabeth Blackwell describes Brontë’s Mistress as, “true to the romantic spirit of the Brontës themselves, with a modern feminist twist.”  By day, Finola works as a Creative Strategist in Facebook’s Creative Shop in New York City, advising major brands on their Facebook and Instagram advertising.

Speaking at: Facebook and Instagram for Writers, according to Facebook/ Instagram, Saturday 11.10 – 12.00 in the Arnold Wolfendale Theatre

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