I always have at least one writing project in progress, so keep an eye on this page to see what’s coming next!
As of 7/31/19, I have: 1) a Jane Austen devotional completed and working its way through the editing process (anticipated publication date October 2019), and 2) 160 pages of a Northanger Abbey sequel written (coming Spring, 2020). More info on both projects below.
Prayer & Praise: a Jane Austen Devotional
Jane Austen didn’t only write novels. She also wrote prayers, poems, and entertaining letters, many of which have survived to this day. Curious about her spiritual side, I took a closer look at her three preserved prayers, and there I found a wealth of inspiration for this project.
No one knows how many eloquent prayers the authoress may have composed in her lifetime. We have only thee rather lengthy examples remaining to us. But each line of each one is a mini prayer in itself, I realized, worthy of pausing for further reflection.
So that’s what I’ve done for this devotional. I have broken down Jane Austen’s prayers into fifty individual petitions, allowing each one to inspire a separate meditation. Every segment uses characters and situations from her novels as illustrations, and is followed up by prayer and praise.
Jane Austen drew her characters so convincingly – seeming like real people with real thoughts and problems – that their stories constitute a rich source for learning more about life, truth, and hope, as well as spiritual principles. So whether you are a person of faith or not, I hope you will be blessed by this devotional.
Murder at Northanger Abbey
Although Northanger Abbey wasn’t published until after Jane Austen’s death, she actually wrote it first, in her early twenties. Knowing this helps us to appreciate the novel’s unique place in the Austen canon and its teen aged, somewhat naive heroine. Austen conceived the story when she was quite young herself, before she had experienced much of the world. Thus, it brims with youthful humor, campy fun, and early examples of Austen’s patented ironic wit.
Catherine and Henry Tilney are married now, and her eyes have been opened to the happy secrets of married life. But Catherine is still much the same person, and she hasn’t quite overcome her fascination with all things Gothic. When she first entered Northanger Abbey, she only imagined dreadful things had taken place there. Upon her second visit, however, the horror is all too real. There’s been a murder, and Henry has fallen under suspicion. Although Catherine is determination to solve the mystery and clear her husband’s name, she’s also afraid for her own safety, since there’s a very good chance the real murderer is still in the house.
In this sequel, I’m doing my best to retain the youthful, campy fun of the original novel whilst adding a true murder mystery for Catherine to unravel.