Category Archives: Author Real Life

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jane Austen’s time, primogeniture was no longer the law of the land, but it remained a strongly entrenched custom of inheritance proceedings. Breaking apart large landholdings were frowned upon. An impoverished aristocracy, whose wealth rested in the agricultural realm, would lead to total chaos in the countryside or so it was assumed. The practice… more goodness …

Last Pieces Come Together in Austen Puzzle

Last Pieces Come Together in Austen Puzzle

Stepping back 200 years, what we see in Jane Austen’s personal life are tantalizing hints of relationships but primarily obfuscation about any possible romances from 1802, when she was 26, until her retirement to Chawton Cottage with the other Austen women in 1809. As described in my last two blogs, Jane had one boyfriend, Tom… more goodness …

Favorite Scenes

Favorite Scenes

I rewatch my favorite scenes in movies without watching the whole movie. There are three scenes I’ve rewatched many times, and they don’t come from Jane Austen movies. I suspect that if someone mentioned the movie Dirty Dancing (1987) there would be people who have seen only a single scene from it. It’s the finale,… more goodness …

A Northanger Abbey Halloween

A Northanger Abbey Halloween

I’ve been thinking about Jane Austen and Halloween – two subjects that don’t really go together in spite of the cute pumpkins we see with her cameo painted or carved on them. Jane Austen didn’t write the kind of Gothic horror novels she both made fun of in Northanger Abbey, and hinted that she might enjoy.… more goodness …

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen First, thank you for having me on Austen Authors. Since I collect antiques, I thought I’d share one with your readers that might have appealed to Jane Austen. It’s my Georgian era writing desk. I confess, while it’s in my home and I adore it, the Georgian writing table… more goodness …

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

Meet Echo, the Inspiration for Belle

This is our dog Echo. Echo joined our family three years ago. She was found huddling for shelter underneath a family’s deck on a wintry afternoon, during a November weekend of freezing rain, wet snow, and miserable winds. The family’s deck backed up to an empty field, and Echo’s rescuer theorized that she had been… more goodness …

Literary Ladies at the Library

Literary Ladies at the Library

This past week, I’ve been traveling on my 2017 Autumn Book Tour. As many of you may know, I write in several different genres, but my main genre is Amish fiction. You know, the romances set in Amish country: Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania. In college, I studied anthropology. I love cultures. It amazes me how this… more goodness …