Category Archives: Writing & Publishing

Coincidences Kick Off P&P; Chararacter Carries It

Coincidences Kick Off P&P; Chararacter Carries It

In a recent blog, I wrote about coincidences in Jane Austen’s work. I’m following up again today with a few more examples of how she used them and how this use affected her work. Coincidences were a common contrivance to solve plot problems before and during Austen’s life. (And remain so in too many poor… more goodness …

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Jane Austen introduces different types of villains in her novels. Some are more annoying than evil. Mr. Collins and Mr. Elton are perfect examples of this group. They are fools with high opinions of themselves. I think Austen has these characters in all her novels because they are very real and we have all known… more goodness …

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

If a writer made Darcy behave like Bingley, Elizabeth behave like Jane, Mrs. Bennet behave like Mrs. Gardiner, and Lydia simply behave, it wouldn’t really be a good variation of Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen created well defined characters. Changing one or two characters is fair, but writers can’t credibly change too many characters without… more goodness …

From Distrust to Happily Ever After (and a Giveaway)

From Distrust to Happily Ever After (and a Giveaway)

“I trust very few.” She trusted Bea and Mr. Clayton, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Shelton, and of course, Mr. Norman and – she nearly sighed – Walter. Perhaps it was more accurate to say she trusted all save her sister and anyone who appeared to love her sister. However, that would be rather… more goodness …

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

The Other Miss Bates is the second book in the Highbury series, in which I explore the possibilities of life for the inhabitants of that quiet Surrey town thirty years before they are brought to life by Jane Austen in Emma. Usually, writing a book involves taking separate strands of story – character, plot, setting… more goodness …

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

The new year has arrived, and with it the time-honored tradition of setting resolutions for the coming year. Personally, I’ve never been one for setting resolutions. I’ve always been of the opinion that we should constantly be looking at our lives, our behavior, and trying to correct the things we see in ourselves which are… more goodness …

Resolutions

Resolutions

New Year’s Day: a time during which we, as in the Roman God Janus’ namesake month, look backward at what has been and then forward to, hopefully, apprehend what will (or might) be. #InspiredByAusten authors, in the process of attending to their craft, understand that the relating of interesting stories is only one part of… more goodness …

Announcing Regina Jeffers’s Annual “Twelfth Night Sale” ~ 38 Books ~ Do Not Miss It!!! December 26 – January 5!

Announcing Regina Jeffers’s Annual “Twelfth Night Sale” ~ 38 Books ~ Do Not Miss It!!! December 26 – January 5!

In case you have not noticed, thirty-eight of my titles are on sale for my annual Twelfth Night Sale! The sale runs from December 26, 2019, to January 5, 2020.  Fill up your eReaders!!!! For the books for which I own the rights, all books will be between $0.99 and $1.75. There are Austen-inspired titles,… more goodness …

Christmas Stories Old and New

Christmas Stories Old and New

Most people have their Christmas traditions. It could involve going to church, being with family, volunteering to work the Christmas shift while others celebrate, eating a sumptuous meal, going out for Chinese, exchanging presents, decorating traditionally, or enjoying seasonal music. For writers, one traditional thing to prepare for the season is to write a Christmas… more goodness …

Christmas Traditions and Wishes

Christmas Traditions and Wishes

With the Christmas season approaching, I thought I would start out by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. While I do not like winter and I hate snow and cold in equal measure, it has always seemed to me that the spirit of Christmas… more goodness …