Category Archives: Jane Austen

Setting and Social Status in Austen’s Novels

Setting and Social Status in Austen’s Novels

We all are aware that Austen wrote what she knew. Most authors do, except perchance those who write paranormal or science fiction or fantasy (although I would argue that these made-up worlds have similarities to the present day) and to an extent, historical fiction, but even with historical fiction, I often include something that occurred… 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 …

Audio Book of The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy Now Available!

Audio Book of The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy Now Available!

I am celebrating the recent release of the audiobook version of The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy! This version is narrated by Stevie Zimmerman, who did such a wonderful job with The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth – and many other Jane Austen fan fiction novels. Audible.com offers samples of her terrific narration, and I encourage you… more goodness …

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

  Back in late November, a story was bouncing around in my head, and as any good Muse does, my inner voice kept telling me I needed to write this one. As many of you know, my Pride and Prejudice vagaries generally stay as close to canon as I can get them. Even my vampiric… more goodness …

The Foils of Jane Austen – Part I

The Foils of Jane Austen – Part I

The question of why we love Jane Austen so much has been pondered by many a scholar and reader over the past 200 years.   But if you ask ten people this question, you will surely get ten different answers. Some would say the plots are what they like best.  Others read and admire Austen for… more goodness …

Networking in the Age of Sail

Networking in the Age of Sail

Unlike Army officers, members of the Royal Navy could obtain commissions without purchasing them. This difference created opportunities for the penurious sons of gentlemen like Jane Austen’s father, the Rev. George Austen. Two of his younger sons, Frank and Charles, joined the Navy when they were barely into their teens. Getting ahead in the Navy… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice Variations – How Special?

Pride and Prejudice Variations – How Special?

About six years ago, I found my first Pride and Prejudice variation. Now I had read Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when in High School, but I enjoyed other books more: science fiction, Agatha Christi’s mysteries, and The Black Stallion series, and other horse books. However, when I found a couple of Abigail Reynolds P&P variations,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Coming Together” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Coming Together” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of P. O. Dixon‘s “Coming Together” Giveaway. Susan V. Brewer will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card. (Because the gift card will be sent directly from Amazon.com, the winner must be able to redeem the gift card on Amazon.com. Alternatively, the winner may claim an ebook edition of an eligible… more goodness …

Plans and Resolutions

Plans and Resolutions

It is January and that means New Year’s Resolutions are being tested and plans for the year are being created and/or put in play. Much of my 2018 was spent writing, travelling, researching, and planning, so what does that mean for 2019? Well, there are 5 stories that I have been kicking around for a… more goodness …