Rebecca Smith is Jane Austen’s great-great-great-great-great niece and the author of the nonfiction guide, Miss Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas, which is being released simultaneously in the US and the UK. She is also the author of three novels from Bloomsbury UK: The Bluebird Café (2001) Happy Birthday and All That (2003) and A Bit of Earth (2006). Smith studied History at the University of Southampton and is now a Teaching Fellow in English and Creative Writing there. From autumn 2009 until summer 2010, she was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire; she continues to work closely with the Museum. Her first novel for children, Shadow Eyes, was shortlisted for The 2012 Kelpies Prize. She is currently working on another novel.