Author Archives: Katherine Reay

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I can’t decide if I’m pleased I get to post today or not. I have nothing macabre to discuss… My kids don’t dress up anymore… And few kids even trick or treat in my neighborhood… But today’s my day. We’re all well into fall by now, so that’s what I’ll discuss. It’s been a busy… more goodness …

In Need of a Little Austen

In Need of a Little Austen

  In a few comments on a recent blog post, readers stated they’d experienced great loss and tough springs and summers. They looked forward to the escape a good book can provide. Books are therapy. Along with pushing us out of our world into the lives and stories of others – and some contend, forming… more goodness …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

We read all year and yet the books we select each summer have something special about them… We plan the season – at least I do – with a little more intentionality. And I think I’m not the only one. I have had such fun this past month online looking at Summer Reading Lists, What… more goodness …

Jane Austen and Ireland

  Right now I am in Ireland. My daughter was born here, just south of Dublin, and we always said we’d take her back to her “homeland” for her sixteenth birthday. So here we are… And it’s gorgeous! In thinking about this post, I wondered about Jane Austen’s connection to Ireland. I recalled a few… more goodness …

Points to Remember…

Points to Remember…

Recently I was chatting with a young woman about writing. She hoped to pursue it as a major in college and wondered what it was about and what advice I might give. In doing so, I reminded myself of some points regarding both writing and life I’d rather not forget – and too often do.… more goodness …

Let’s Take a Walk…

Let’s Take a Walk…

Spring is here! I am so excited to see the sun shining, the flowers finally blooming and the air to hold a little warmth in the morning. And I’m loving the new addition to my day – a walk around the block. For as much as I’ve read Austen, I should have started this long… more goodness …

Austen Writes Like I Think…

Austen Writes Like I Think…

I have a manuscript due next month. Right now I’m going through the first draft tightening scenes, tightening emotions, tightening words. Passive becomes active. Run! Slay! Dart! If Winnie-the-Pooh was there, I’d have him “ponder” rather than “think, think, think.” And, if I’m able, I’ll pull out all the adverbs – or at least use them… more goodness …

Austen Reminds Us We Can Change

Austen Reminds Us We Can Change

In Northanger Abbey, Austen introduces an unlikely heroine. No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her. It’s a delightful way to begin… more goodness …

Enjoying Enchanted Again

Enjoying Enchanted Again

  Over Thanksgiving weekend, my daughters and I curled up to watch the movie Enchanted. I hadn’t seen it in years and was surprised by all the allusions and references to previous Disney movies – and how they hadn’t leapt out at me the first time I viewed it. My books pay homage to books… more goodness …