Author Archives: Don Jacobson

Where are The Men?

Where are The Men?

I am in quite a quandary. I have been looking at how we as authors can grow the base of readership for #Austenesque and #NorthandSouth variations. The chart below asks persons which genres they read regularly. Female and male respondents tended to follow each other closely…or at least vary within expectations. Women do tend to… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “Breaking Our Characters to Make Them Whole” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “Breaking Our Characters to Make Them Whole” Giveaway

    Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Don Jacobson‘s “Breaking Our Characters to Make Them Whole” Giveaway. darcybennett will receive a code for an Audible copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Avenger: Thomas Bennet and a Father’s Lament. Congratulations, darcybennett. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize.… more goodness …

Breaking our Characters to Make Them Whole + a Giveaway

Breaking our Characters to Make Them Whole + a Giveaway

As an author, I struggle to be certain that the work rings with a truth, an authenticity, that creates a story which offers readers an engaging experience rooted in a believable reality. Even if that world is entire made of fairy-dust, employs time travel, and sees other fictional characters traversing its pages. Consider that Tolkien… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe” Giveaway

      Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Don Jacobson‘s “Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe” Giveaway. Laurie McClain will receive her choice of either an eBook copy or a print copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Pilgrim: Lydia Bennet and a Soldier’s Portion. Congratulations, Laurie. Please… more goodness …

Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe + a Giveaway

Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe + a Giveaway

The arc of the Bennet Wardrobe is long. Book One of The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey raises the curtain in 1691. We last saw Mary and her husband Edward Benton in 2013…322 years later. Other principals also have moved about the timeline: Kitty to 1886 while her parents, Thomas and Fanny, translated to 1947.… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Don Jacobson’s “Character in the Wardrobe” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Don Jacobson’s “Character in the Wardrobe” Giveaway

        Austen Authors is thrilled to announce the winners of Don Jacobson‘s “Character in the Wardrobe” Giveaway. Eva Edmonds and Michele H will each receive either of two sets of #Audible Codes covering the first five books of the Bennet Wardrobe stories of Mr. Jacobson‘s Bennet Wardrobe series. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact… more goodness …

Character in The Wardrobe

Character in The Wardrobe

The Pilgrim: Lydia Bennet and a Soldier’s Portion reflects much of my own (and that of dozens of far greater minds than mine) philosophy gleaned from a lifetime of both… Pleasure and Pain are important parts of life and must be understood in reference to each other. No life is unremittingly happy. And, as the… more goodness …

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

As many of you may know, my “day job” is college history instructor. This was a later-in-life calling, something which grew from a terrible crisis my family endured in the mid-1980s. After the ground had firmed beneath my feet, I decided that the path which I had been on—advertising—was thin tea. True, advertising did leverage… more goodness …

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

The Lyrical Roots of Writing

I offer two selections from the redoubtable H.L. Mencken in defense of my thesis. The first is an opening salvo. Who ever heard of a bad autobiography? That is, a bad honest one? I can scarcely imagine it. And, two sentences later still in the same paragraph… (For there is a dreadful fascination with the… more goodness …

HEA or Happily Ever Now?

HEA or Happily Ever Now?

“Life, my dear boy, is composed of a thousand mundane moments and may be equally dispersed between joy and trouble. Each, though, like a small pebble resting in a river’s current, contributes to the grand arc of existence, bending it toward its ultimate end.” Lydia Fitzwilliam, Dowager Countess of Matlock (8th), letter to her Great-grandson,… more goodness …

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Twists and Turns Between First and Last Words

Every author engages in several practices and methods that are loosely gathered under the heading of “process.” Many of my friends are inveterate outliners. Others keep copious notes which end up on white boards or tacked to cork. Then there are those who carefully lay down their ideas in notebooks. I am no different…except for… more goodness …

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

One of my favorite books is Natalie Zemon Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre (1983) which heralded the advent of a new historical school: that of subaltern history—essentially the history of sergeants not generals. Davis used court records and other documents to reconstruct a mid-16th Century narrative that was all but lost to history. Davis’… more goodness …