Category Archives: Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice and Mommies

Pride and Prejudice and Mommies

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States, a day that is filled with gratitude for some and guilt or sadness for others. Though I’m blessed with a wonderful mother, my novels don’t reflect it. I learned early on that, especially when writing about young adults, an author can’t have a responsible and caring mother… more goodness …

Active Indispensable Employment

Active Indispensable Employment

I am always amazed by the timelessness of Jane Austen quotes. I find the following especially apt of late: “There is nothing like employment, active indispensable employment, for relieving sorrow. Employment, even melancholy, may dispel melancholy.” I’ve been involved in the publishing world for nearly six years. What a rapidly shifting landscape—not just on a… more goodness …

Game of Janes

Game of Janes

Last Sunday marked the return of one of my favorite shows – Game of Thrones! For the uninitiated (living under a rock, perhaps?), Game of Thrones is an HBO series adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. The yet-to-be-finished series follows a set of dynastic families as… more goodness …

You Are What You Read

You Are What You Read

True Confession: I am a very disloyal reader. I tend to go through spurts, binging on different types of books: biographies, inspiration, women’s fiction, Amish romances, historical romances, Jane Austen Fan Fiction, classics. I am an author’s worst nightmare because I stray from my favorites. After two or three books, I get tired of the… more goodness …

The high cost of being cheap

The high cost of being cheap

I am frugal (cheap), but like many frugal (cheap) people I’m not always aware of the high cost of being frugal (cheap). For instance, it didn’t occur to me until too late that cobbling together a dust extraction system for my workshop using bathroom exhaust fans and dryer hose is ultimately a lot more expensive… more goodness …