I think that I read Georgette Heyer before I read Jane Austen. Certainly my father and brothers
(much older that me) all read her, and her books were also at my sister's house. They were borrowed when visiting and someone had three of one and had lost some others and accusations flew as to who was the thief...
Discovering Jane Austen was a sheer delight and I saw where Heyer had got the inspiration for her wit and wisdom. Until recently, I hadn't read other Regencies - some are very racy and that's not my forte. It is the romance and period detail I crave. And women overcoming their fate. There were no more Heyers to be had, so for family entertainment, I wrote Clarissa. And I'm so glad that after a number of years, I finally shared it abroad. To have others tell me they enjoyed it means a great deal.