Who needs a man???

Who needs a man???

Sorry for the delay, but life has been crazy. Here is the first 2 chapters of my newest book, Master Elizabeth Bennet.  The story starts out with the Bennet family having endured illness and a fire which have claimed many family members, including all of the men. How were young ladies to survive in the… 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 …