Letters from the Heart

Letters from the Heart

We recently held a lovely discussion on our Austen Author’s Facebook page. In case you missed it or would like to revisit some of the touching stories shared by many of our friends I am posting a synopsis here. The idea for Letters from the Heart came to me in a roundabout way. I was… more goodness …

Jane Austen in the Age of Disney + Giveaway

Jane Austen in the Age of Disney + Giveaway

One of my very first memories is how much I loved a pair of Little Mermaid pants I got for Christmas when I was six. I’m what I call “the Disney generation.” Disney’s animated stories of fantasy and happily ever afters mark my childhood. And I’ll admit to enjoying them just as much as an… more goodness …

Northanger Abby

Northanger Abby

When you think of Jane Austen, usually the first book to come to mind is Pride and Prejudice followed by (in no particular order) Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. For some odd reason, Northanger Abby—the first written, the last published—is often overlooked. As I’m wrapping up my adaptation of this clever novel,… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan

We’re almost to the end of Lady Susan, and I’m dying to find out what happens. (I’m probably one of the few who has never read it and still hasn’t seen the movie.) Last week, we learned that Lady Susan planned to punish Frederica, Reginald, and Mrs. Vernon for foiling her plans. At the same… more goodness …

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a two day workshop with romance author Eloisa James.  She was talking about female novelists a little after Jane Austen’s time (and often inspired by Austen) who wrote “silver fork” novels and supported themselves by writing.  We tend to think of Austen as being unique and alone, but it’s empowering to… more goodness …

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Elizabeth Ann West here: I met Gianna Thomas online and find it so neat that she writes JAFF and Regency fiction for readers! She is here today to look very closely at the nature of Jane Austen’s relationship with Thomas Lefroy. We all know movie adaptations of historical figure lives take great liberties with the… more goodness …

On the Character of Clergymen

On the Character of Clergymen

“My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding, but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for give me… more goodness …