Category Archives: Writing & Publishing

Jane Austen: Bibliophile

Jane Austen: Bibliophile

I dedicate this post to Saint Wiborada of Saint Gall, Switzerland’s own patron saint of libraries and librarians. More on her below. Here in the land of Helvetia, children have two weeks off from school in February to go skiing (I kid you not). My family has joined in this annual pilgrimage since moving here,… more goodness …

Sharon Lathan with ANOTHER Anniversary! +a GIVEAWAY!

Sharon Lathan with ANOTHER Anniversary! +a GIVEAWAY!

Last month for my turn here on Austen Authors I celebrated our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY with a retrospective of our journey as a group blog, loads of remarkable statistics, and a loud round of applause for all of our authors (past and present). If anyone missed that post, please pause here and click over! Share… more goodness …

Our Very First Audio Book + Giveaway!

Our Very First Audio Book + Giveaway!

Hello Everyone! Some of you may already know that Renata and I have an audio book version of our variation From Ashes to Heiresses out now, narrated by the incomparable Catherine Bilson. From Ashes to Heiresses is one of our shorter works, a novelette or short story, depending on your definitions, though not the shortest… more goodness …

Cover Reveal and a Personal Note

Cover Reveal and a Personal Note

I have two matters to discuss in this post. The first is the blurb and cover reveal of my next release. Without further ado, here they are: Fitzwilliam Darcy had not expected to see Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley. Even less anticipated had been her reception at seeing him there. Whereas their last meeting at… more goodness …

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

William Collins is one of the Pride and Prejudice characters that most JAFF readers love to hate. JAFF authors, myself included, have done all manner of things with and to him, some good and some not so good. For example, Leenie Brown made him loveable in Master of Longbourn. In To Save Elizabeth, I made… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

      Austen Authors is honored to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy’” Giveaway. Sharon Legg, Mary Campbell, and Susanne Barrett will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. Congratulations, Ladies. Regina Jeffers has already distributed the prizes to the winners. … more goodness …

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

I can think of no character in Jane Austen’s completed works who would qualify as what we understand today as being ‘disabled’. And yet it seemed to me that a book set in Brighton in the 1780s would be unrealistic if it did not include at least one character physically incapacitated in some way. Brighton… more goodness …

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

I originally released The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy back in 2011. I have recently earned back the rights to this book and have decided to rerelease it with a new cover art.  When writing any mystery, the author cannot just have a murderer and a victim. He/She must also have suspects, red herrings (false clues),… more goodness …

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 …