About five years ago, I opened the cover of one of our own lovely Sharon Lathan’s books, and it quite simply changed my life. Until that moment, I had never even heard of Jane Austen inspired fiction before, much less considered writing any of my own. But at that moment, I felt as though a sudden fire had been ignited in my imagination, burning with all the questions I had always wondered about after reading Jane Austen’s works: What happened to Georgiana Darcy? Did she ever find love? What about Kitty and Mary Bennet? And Margaret Dashwood– what was she like as a grown-up young lady?
I wrote Georgiana Darcy’s Diary in just six short weeks, faster than I had ever in my life written a book before. The rest of my Austen-inspired novels soon followed, each one a joy to write. In the past few years, I’ve felt so very privileged to get to daydream myself away into Jane Austen’s world. I’ve danced at balls and ridden in horse-drawn carriages, and– on a more sober note– walked the battlefield of Waterloo. It’s been an amazing, inspiring, wonderful journey– just like my time here at Austen Authors.
In the past two years, I’ve been working on a new series in a different genre– one that I’ve launched under a new pen name. Like a new baby, that series is needing more of my attention and energy at the moment, such that I’m having to place my Austen series’ on the back burner. It’s not a forever goodbye– how could it be? I’m still inspired by Jane Austen every day, and there are so many more stories I want to tell. But for now, I have to step away– and sadly bid a fond farewell to the wonderful group here at Austen Authors, too. I’m so sorry to go, but so very, very grateful for my time here– for the lovely authors I’ve met and the fabulous books I’ve discovered. For the readers who share our love of all things Jane. Thank you so much to everyone, I’ve been so lucky to be a part of it all.
In closing, I wanted to add one last thing. To anyone who has ever daydreamed about writing Jane Austen fan fiction, but is afraid to take the plunge– jump in and dare to try! You never know where the road may lead.
~ Note from the Austen Authors admins, Sharon Lathan and Regina Jeffers ~
We absolutely hate having to say goodbye to Anna! Of course, we completely understand her need to focus upon new and exciting writing horizons, and we wish her nothing but the greatest success with all of her endeavors. Still, it is harsh to bid adieu to an excellent Austenesque author who has contributed greatly to Austen Authors. She will not be easily replaced, and never forgotten.
Anna has graciously donated 3 books to the Spring Quarterly Giveaway, so be sure to enter the contest! (Rafflecopter entry form on the home page.) Be sure to bookmark Anna’s website — AnnaElliott.com — and follow her Amazon Author Page for updates on her writing.