A couple of weeks ago, I announced that I had been Adopted by a lovely group of Autenesque fiction writers called Austen Authors. They (we) all take turns blogging on the website, and today is MY first turn. It’s my chance to introduce myself, tell how I met Jane Austen, what I write and why. Start reading here, and then follow the link to get the rest of the story:
I’m thrilled to be making my debut here on Austen Authors! When I was invited to join the group, I felt like I had sort of ‘arrived’ after a long journey, the first leg of which was (believe it or not) a trip to Costco. That’s where I met Jane Austen.
Before that fateful shopping trip about ten years ago, I hadn’t read any of her novels. Shocking, I know. I didn’t even watch period movies. Then, purely on impulse (or maybe it was Colin Firth’s pretty face), I picked up the 1995 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Thus began my obsession. Loved the movie. Read the book. Read and reread all Jane Austen’s novels. Bought every film version I could get my hands on, watching them repeatedly to the point where I now have whole scenes committed to memory.
But still I wanted more Jane Austen! Don’t we all?
Eventually, I discovered a Pride and Prejudice continuation at the bookstore. I was ecstatic! There was nothing I wanted more than to spend additional time in the world of the Darcys and the Bennets. It turned out, though, that the book I found wasn’t at all the sort of sequel I had envisioned. “This is not the way Jane would have done it!” I declared self-righteously. So I decided to write one myself… (continue here)
Was it new… for chance and circumstances to direct the human fate? (Emma, chapter 11)