Category Archives: Author Real Life

Austen’s “Amorous” Lady Susan and the Release of “Love and Friendship”

Austen’s “Amorous” Lady Susan and the Release of “Love and Friendship”

After Austen’s death, several unpublished works remained. One of those was “Susan,” a short novel that made fun of the convention of Gothic fiction. Originally, it had been sold to Benjamin Crosby & Co. in 1803. Shortly before Jane’s passing, her brother Henry bought back the still unpublished manuscript from Crosby for £10 (the amount advanced… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of the Austen Authors’ Spring Quarterly Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the Austen Authors’ Spring Quarterly Giveaway

The Austen Authors are pleased to announce the winners for the Spring Quarterly Giveaway. Congratulations!!!! If your name appears below: (1) contact Regina Jeffers at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize.  (2) If your prize is an eBook, make certain the email address for the prize delivery is correct.  (3) If your prize is a print book… more goodness …

JEANNAISMS

JEANNAISMS Over the years, I have learned that people cope differently. Some with escapism. Ya, they run and hide. Some with sarcasm. Ya think? Others with up in your face defensism. WHATEVER! But . . . is there a right way to cope? For me? YES. It isn’t escapism, or sarcasm, or defensism­­­­––they are JEANNAISMs!… more goodness …

Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Active Indispensable Employment” Giveaway

Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Active Indispensable Employment” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce that Lynn Bischoff will receive an eBook copy of Impertinent Strangers from P. O. Dixon‘s “Active Indispensable Employment Giveaway. (The prize will be awarded when the book is published in July.) Congratulations, Lynn!!! Please contact Regina Jeffers at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize.  more goodness …

Shades of Austen at Storymakers

Shades of Austen at Storymakers

I spent Friday and Saturday this weekend at the annual Storymakers Writers Conference. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have spotted my #Storymakers16 hashtags. 2016 is my fourth year attending, and something I noticed in previous years was the prevalence of references to Jane Austen in the workshops. I was astounded when notable… more goodness …

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 …