A Fond Farewell

leighton_edmund_blair_a_favourAbout 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.

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34 Responses to A Fond Farewell

  1. You are correct, if you have a story, write it. 6 years ago, the genre was small, very few people writing and so many of us hungry for the next new title. Thank you for your part in making the genre flourish and grow.

  2. Good luck in your new adventures. Maybe we will have the opportunity to meet on another playing field or welcome you back to this one. How exciting for you.

  3. I thought I’d posted a comment, but I don’t see it, so I’ll try again. You will definitely be missed, but I’m excited for you trying another genre – you have to go where your heart takes you! Best wishes for success and fulfillment in this next leg of your journey as an author!

  4. Good luck with your new venture Anna.

    Georgiana Darcy’s Diary was one of the first JAFF books I downloaded to my Kindle when I discovered the wonderful world of Austenesque literature just over a couple of years ago. As such, I’ll always have a soft spot for it.

  5. Dear Anna, you will be greatly missed! Wishing you all the very best with your new projects but please please please don’t stop writing Austen-related fiction!!!! Your Austen continuations and spin-offs are so beautifully and sensitively written and some of my all-time favourites. It would be the greatest sadness to think there would be no more of them! Thank you ever so much for all the joy your books have given me and best of luck with all your future journeys.
    Best wishes,

  6. You’ve been a valuable member of Austen Authors with great insights and contributions but I wish you all the luck in your new plans! Jane will be here when you have time again! Take care!

  7. Thank you for your contribution to the JA fanfiction! Best of luck on your other projects! Hope to see you back writing more JA in the future!

  8. God bless your new adventure! My first introduction to you was your book Georgiana Darcy’s Diary, which happens to still be in my re-read pile 🙂 Thank you for the time you have given to the world of Jane Austen inspired fiction.

  9. Thank you, Jeanne, and absolutely– I’m just changing from wearing an author’s hat to a reading/commenting/cheerleading one! It’s not really “goodbye”. I love this group too much for that!

  10. It’s been nice reading your posts and getting to know you, Anna. Best wishes for your new project.

  11. We will miss your great writing of our beloved characters but whatever you do, you will succeed. Wishing you thebest of luck in your new endeavors! Congratulations and everyone deserves to follow their heart’s desires!

  12. Oh Anna, I am half despair and half excitement! While I am excited for your future projects, I am sad that you are leaving us, if only for a while. Still, I share look for your new books for I know they will reflect the same excellence you have displayed in your JAFF novels. I have enjoyed reading them and I know I shall enjoy reading whatever you decide to write next. Best wishes on your new adventure!

  13. Anna, You will be missed but I can only wish you the best with your new adventure. I am sure it will be a success. I love your JAFF books and look forward to more, someday. Bon Voyage! Hurry back!

    • Thank you, Barbara! I will truly miss you and all the rest of the amazing Austen Authors, but I will still be following all of your blogging and writing endeavors and cheering you on all the way!

  14. Sorry to see you go but I’m sure you’ll be back. You just have to! I wish you the best in all you do and look forward to reading more of your works. Thanks for the lovely stories I truly enjoyed them. I still need to read your last about Miss Margaret. Again all the best !

  15. My dear Anna, you will be missed. Congratulations on a new venture. You will be surprised how something new will invigorate you and your mind will be renewed. It is never goodbye, you can always submit comments and we can still hear from you. Keep up the writing venture…and again congratulations.

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