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Spend a Year with Jane Austen

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I have two new Kindle options: 1. A Year with Jane Austen: Modern Austen Short Stories Celebrate the holidays and special seasons of the year with a visit to all six of Jane Austen’s major novels. This is a collection of all my modern Austen short stories originally found in Holidays with Jane. Includes “Infatuation […]

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Why I Wrote a Book

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This is exactly why I decided to go from dreaming of being a writer to actually writing a book. (Grammar Nazis’ heads are spinning after that breach of grammar!) I wrote Charlotte Collins because I wanted to read a book about her, but no such thing existed. So I wrote it. FYI: You can get […]

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Emma: Worst Heroine, Best Moral

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Emma is one of my least favorite of Austen’s heroines, but not for the reasons listed in this article on lithub, namely that she is handsome, clever, and rich. We still have complicated responses to women who have more, look better, and do more, and worst of all, don’t seem all that apologetic about it. […]

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Happy Birthday, Miss Austen

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Dear Miss Austen, In celebration of your 240th birthday–though I suppose a lady would not like to reveal her age–my gift to you would be to tell you about your legacy. (Though it is actually a gift you gave yourself.) Through your books, you have achieved a certain type of immortality. They have become movies […]