Author Archives: Anna Elliott

The Emma Dilemma

The Emma Dilemma

Jane Austen herself said about her main character of Emma Woodhouse that she was a heroine “no one but myself will much like.”  It’s an interesting statement, I think, for Jane Austen to have made: firstly it implies her expectation that readers may not like Emma very much– but secondly, Austen’s words clearly mean that she does… more goodness …

New Year’s Changes

I love the idea of New Year’s resolutions, although lately  I’ve kind of fallen out of the habit of making any. (Unless you count mine this year to vacuum my bedroom carpets. Which may sound like I’m setting the bar way too low, but I am in the constant and I do mean constant company… more goodness …

Christmas and Jane Austen

Christmas and Jane Austen

Christmas as we know it today is largely a Victorian invention. Traditional yuletide celebrations during Jane Austen’s time were quite different than today, but it was still an important holiday. Part of my second Austen-inspired book, Pemberley to Waterloo, is set during Christmas at Pemberley. I was fascinated to learn more about Regency Christmas traditions.… more goodness …

Paris

I had another post planned for today, but in light of the terrible news over the weekend, I wanted to share some facts about the history of Paris as a small way of paying tribute to the city and to the tragic suffering and loss of life.    The Eiffel Tower is probably Paris’s most… more goodness …

Jane Austen and Napoleon

Jane Austen and Napoleon

One of my favorite aspects of writing Jane Austen-inspire fiction is the research.  I’m a huge, unashamed history nerd.  I love diving into books on every aspect of regency life, learning about everything from the clothes people wore to the foods they ate to the way they heated their homes and the carriages they drove.… more goodness …

Birthdays During the Regency

This weekend, we celebrated my second daughter (middle child’s) 6th birthday.  This year, my husband and I decided to try to emphasize experiences over material possessions, so we celebrated by taking her and her friends to a local indoor splash park, and by also participating as a family in a program to be ‘foster parents’… more goodness …