Jane Austen Made Me Do It eBook now $4.99

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)Huzzah! In honor of Jane Austen’s 237th birthday on December 16th, my fabulous publisher Ballantine Books has lowered the eBook price of Jane Austen Made Me Do It by 67% off list price to $4.99 for a limited time only!

YES! Only $4.99!!!

For those of you unfamiliar with my Austen-inspired short story anthology, here is a brief description:

JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart is a new short story anthology edited by Laurel Ann Nattress and available in trade paperback and eBook from Ballantine Books.

This delightful collection inspired by Jane Austen—her novels, her life, her wit, her world—features an introduction and twenty-two never-before-published stories written by twenty-four authors from a diverse range of interests and writing experience; their uniting link is their admiration and love of the literary great, Jane Austen. Stories included are:

Original short stories in Jane Austen Made Me Do It

  1. “Jane Austen’s Nightmare”, by Syrie James
  2. “Waiting”, by Jane Odiwe
  3. “A Night at Northanger”, by Lauren Willig
  4. “Jane and the Gentleman Rogue”, by Stephanie Barron
  5. “Faux Jane”, by Diane Meier and Frank Delaney
  6. “Nothing Less Than Fairyland”, by Monica Fairview
  7. “Love and Best Wishes”, Adriana Trigiani
  8. “Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss”, by Jo Beverly
  9. “When Only a Darcy Will Do”, by Beth Pattillo
  10. “Heard of You”, by Margaret Sullivan
  11. “The Ghostwriter”, by Elizabeth Aston
  12. “Mr. Bennet Meets His Match”, by Amanda Grange
  13. “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, by Janet Mullany
  14. “Letters to Lydia”, by Maya Slater
  15. “The Mysterious Closet”, by Myretta Robens
  16. “Jane Austen’s Cat”, by Diana Birchall
  17. “Me and Mr. Darcy, Again”, by Alexandra Potter
  18. “What Would Austen Do?”, by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
  19. “The Riding Habit”, by Pamela Aidan
  20. “The Chase”, by Carrie Bebris
  21. “The Love Letter”, by Brenna Aubrey
  22. “Intolerable Stupidity”, by Laurie Viera Rigler

From Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It is the rare short-story compilation in which each and every one of the twenty-two stories manages to shine. Each contains a new take on Austen, a new concept of what Austen hoped to do with her life and work or even a new take on modern romance from Austen’s viewpoint.” — Romance Junkies

“Each story in this anthology is very unique. I had so many favorites among them that it was really hard to pick just two. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you have to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It!” — Popcorn Reads

“For fans of “Austenesque” fiction, this collection will be a box of bonbons.” — The Seattle Times

Make haste! You can download a free sample of Jane Austen Made Me Do It and purchase this limited time reduced price of the eBook at these major online retailers:

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Did you know that you can purchase eBooks as gifts? Yes. Jane Austen Made Me Do It is the perfect holiday gift for that special Janeite friend or family member. It is as easy as a click and an email address away from quick and easy holiday shopping.

Happy Birthday Jane Austen. Thanks for the making us do it. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)56 of you participated in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt during the Austenesque Extravaganza; entering you in a chance to win one of three copies of Austenesque books available in the giveaway. The three winners chosen at random are:

  • Chelsea Knestrick who won a copy of The Darcy Connection, by Elizabeth Ashton
  • Robyn Brown who won a copy of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
  • Emily Bell who won a copy of The Matters at Mansfield, by Carrie Bebris

Congratulations to all the very lucky winners! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by October 10, 2012.  Shipment to US addresses only.

Here are the answers to the JAMMDI scavenger hunt. I hope everyone had a wonderful time hunting!

Pamela Aidan is famous for her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series, but she also the publisher of a small press of Austenesque authors. What is the name of her publishing house?

Wytherngate Press

Elizabeth Aston is the bestselling author of six novels based on Mr. Darcy and his family. What is the name of the third book in the series? Bonus question: Which Jane Austen character said the line that Elizabeth used in the title?

The True Darcy Spirit. Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Brenna Aubrey’s story “The Love Letter” won the Jane Austen Made Me Do It short story contest. Besides being a budding author, what language is she fluent in besides English?

French

Stephanie Barron channels Jane Austen in her famous Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. She also writes spy mysteries under what other pen name?

Francine Matthews

Carrie Bebris is the awarding winning novelist of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series. What is the name of the award she won for her novel North by Northanger?

Daphne du Maurier Award

Jo Beverley is a RITA award winning historical romance novelist who often sets her stories in Regency-era England. What is the name of her latest novel in the Malloren World series?

A Scandalous Countess

Diana Birchall freely admits to having lost track of how many times she has read Jane Austen’s novels. In her day job, she reads and analyzes many books that might become movies. Name the famous movie studio that she works for.

Warner Brothers

Frank Delaney and Diane Meier are not only talented authors, but they are married. Can you imagine the spirited dinner conversation that ensues at their home? Before becoming an author, Frank was a radio broadcaster for what famous British station, and besides being married to “the most eloquent man in the world”, Diane is the president of what famous marketing firm in Manhattan?

The BBC. MEIER

Monica Fairview has written two Austen-inspired novels: The Other Mr. Darcy and The Darcy Cousins. She has also written a Regency-era novel. What is its name?

An Improper Suitor

Amanda Grange is renowned for her Austen Heroes Diaries series, but her latest novel placed Pride and Prejudice’s famous hero Mr. Darcy and his family on what foreign shore? Clue” Napoleon was also there in 1799?

Egypt

Syrie James is famous for her historical romances, but her latest novel is a young adult paranormal set in contemporary times. Co-written with her son Ryan, what is the name of the heavenly heroine?

Claire Brennan

Janet Mullany writes in a diverse range of romance genres. In any era or genre, she will make you laugh. What is the name of the tag line of her website?

Where wit and passion meet

Jane Odiwe just published her fourth Austen-inspired novel, Searching for Captain Wentworth. Besides being a talented writer, one of her other talents would be considered by Mr. Darcy as one of the necessities of a truly accomplished woman. What is Jane’s second passion? Clue, you can find many examples of her effusions of fancy on her website.

Painter or artist

Beth Pattillo hails from Texas, “which is about as far from England as a girl can get.” She has written three Austen-inspired books that take and American heroine to England. Name one of them.

Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart and The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

Alexandra Potter has written ten contemporary romances. What is the name of her latest novel released in the UK in July 2012?

Don’t You Forget About Me

Myretta Robens is the author of two romance novels and the blog mistress of what famous Jane Austen website?

The Republic of Pemberley

Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino Bradway are a mother and daughter writing team. Besides being total Austen fans, they are passionate about another English writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Who is his most famous character who has been recently portrayed by actor Robert Downey, Jr.?

Sherlock Homes

Maya Slater gave up her day job to write The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy. Before she was bitten by the writing bug, she was a lecturer of French at which famous English University?

London University

Margaret Sullivan is the famous editrix of Austenblog and passionate promoter of Henry Tilney as Jane Austen’s most underrated hero. What mystery novella did she write that includes him as a main character?

There Must Me Murder

Adriana Trigiani, touted as one of reigning queens of women’s fiction, received rave review for her new novel The Shoemaker’s Wife. Each of her novels is rooted in her strong family origins. Name the country where her family immigrated from.

Italy

Laurie Viera Rigler has a huge sense of humor which is evident in her two Austen Addict novels. She has also written for film. Name her hilarious Babelgum original comedy web series.

Sex and the Austen Girl  

Lauren Willig is the bestselling author of The Pink Carnation series set in Regency-era England and France. She is venturing into a new genre with her new book to be released in April, 2013. What is its name, and what is its connection to Downton Abbey?

The Ashford Affair. Set in the Edwardian era

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Recap of the Northwest Bookfest 2012

Austenesque Authors at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

or…how four Austenesque authors had so much fun that they became the party spot at the Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland last weekend. Yep. Darn if Mr. Darcy doesn’t bring out the party girl in all of us!

Austenesque Authors book display at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

The Northwest Bookfest is a wonderful two-day event in Kirkland, Washington highlighting Pacific Northwest authors. You can read my preview of the festivities here.

My fellow booth-mates Shannon Winslow, Susan Mason-Milks and Jenni James and I certainly had a grand time chatting to attendees about our Jane Austen obsession and our books: The Darcys of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal, Pride and Popularity and Jane Austen Made Me Do It. It was wonderful to connect with readers. We met some die-hard Austen addicts who bought each of our books, converted a few new readers and even convinced a few husbands to buy books for their wives, mothers and daughters for the holidays. The funniest comment of the event was from a women who thanked Shannon for killing off Mr. Collins in the beginning of The Darcys of Pemberley! However, our talent, charm and social skills were no match for the incredible draw of the highlight of our booth…a two foot by three foot poster of the man himself, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy! The reaction by the attendees was incredible. You’ve never seen so many women (of all ages) squeal in delight and promptly accept our offer to have their photo taken with him! Continue reading

Q & A with Jane Austen Made Me Do It Authors: Question 8

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)As my interview of my twenty-four JAMMDI author continues, I open up the floor to one of my favorite topics: Jane Austen at the movies.

Darcy, Darcy, Darcy. Is that what people remember most about Jane Austen movie adaptations? I have enjoyed almost all of the movies, and was very curious what my authors thought of the numerous film adaptation and spinoffs. Their responses were as varied as reader’s reactions to Jane Austen’s characters.

There are many movie and stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. Do you think her stories transfer well to other mediums? Which of the film adaptations do you think captures the spirit of her stories and the nuances of her characters best, and why?
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Austenesque Extravaganza: Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Austenesque Extravaganza Traveling Tuesday Banner (2012)

Welcome to Traveling Tuesday

The Austenesque Reviews blog is holding their annual Austenesque Extravaganza this year during the month of September. Each day they feature authors and fans who love Jane Austen fan fiction. Today, my Austen-inspired anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and its twenty-four authors are being highlighted with a scavenger hunt. Below is a list of the authors and questions. Scavengers will find the answers on each of the authors blogs or websites.

Process to participate in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Copy the list of questions below.  Follow the links to each of the author’s websites or blogs and search for the answers. They will not be hidden or cryptic. You may already know some of the answers. Send me your completed questions to austenprose@comcast.net or preferably as an attachment of a Word or text file. Be sure to place JAMMDI Scavenger Hunt in the subject line. For each 5 questions you answer correctly, your name will be entered in a giveaway drawing for one of three Austenesque books by authors who contributed to Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Your name will be added again for each five questions you answer correctly, increasing your chances to win one of these three books: Continue reading

Q & A with Jane Austen Made Me Do It Authors: Question 7 & Giveaway!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)As we continue on in the interview of my twenty-four JAMMDI authors, the seventh question widens the scope to beyond Austen’s canon. After two hundred years in publication, Jane Austen is still inspiring and influencing writers. I could not resist asking my Jane Austen Made Me Do It contributors to share their thoughts on her long standing “persuasion” of fiction and their favorite fellow authors.

We obviously all admire Jane Austen and have been inspired by her works. Do you see her influence in contemporary authors today? If so, can you recommend any of your favorite author’s books and share their connection?

  • Although she is not strictly contemporary, Georgette Heyer was obviously influenced by Austen. Heyer’s many Regencies are marvelous. My personal favorite is Venetia. – Pamela Aidan
  • Helen Fielding and her Bridget Jones’ Diary books, which she closely based on Pride and Prejudice are on my keeper shelf.  I love those books and whenever I’m feeling down and need a laugh, they never fail me.  The works of Jane Austen have strongly influenced the genre of romance.  Since her novels were the early prototypes of today’s hugely successful genre, there are so many authors I could name.  Some of them are Loretta Chase, author of Lord of Scoundrels, this anthology’s own Lauren Willig and her Pink Carnation series, Sherry Thomas, Tessa Dare really capture Jane Austen’s humor and focus on relationships. I must also give a nod to the many authors devoted to Austen-inspired contemporary fiction as well as sequels to Jane Austen’s works.  Many of these intrepid authors are publishing them independently and enjoying success. – Brenna Aubrey
  • Harold Bloom states in The Western Canon that Persuasion marks the turning point in the evolution of the modern novel—which would suggest we’re all Jane’s children whether we acknowledge that or not.  But more specifically, Anita Brookner’s style and subject matter is frequently compared to Austen’s, with good reason; her books capture the quiet desperation and intelligent observance of so many women.  The late Georgette Heyer, who singlehandedly created the Regency Romance, clearly mimics Jane’s style in some of her novels—Regency Buck comes to mind.  I’m equally passionate about the late Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, however, which despite their immersion in the Napoleonic Wars and the Royal Navy, are brilliant evocations of Austen’s world. – Stephanie Barron
  • Well, my “day job” is reading contemporary fiction; I am the “book person” story analyst for Warner Bros Studios and read novels to see if they’d make movies.  So, since I have to read so much popular modern fiction for work, I don’t read it for pleasure (I tend to read 18th and 19th century authors and memoirs for pleasures, and early 20th century middlebrow authors).  I can’t say I see that Jane Austen’s writing has influenced any contemporary authors, unless you mean the movies.  They seem more influenced by J.K. Rowling, to be honest. – Diana Birchall
  • I’ve just been reminded that my favorite “contemporary” writer has been dead for forty-one years.  Like Austen, John O’Hara consistently and fully delivers the world in which he lived, through the characters he brings to light. From subtle, beautifully realized details of status, position or acceptance, we feel the texture of that life and time, and feel connected to characters, so remarkably familiar to us in their insecurities or their longing, or failing to find success or love – or failing to find themselves. That we can see these men and women in the people around us, in our own time, is probably the mark of their humanity, if not genius. If I recommend all of O’Hara, it is with the caveat that like any prolific author, his work may be a tad uneven. But in its totality, and not unlike Austen, it adds up to nothing less than a social history of his age. – Diane Meier
  • The great English novelist, Elizabeth Jane Howard springs to mind; so does Anne Tyler; and Anna Quindlen; and Elizabeth Berg; and Cathleen Shine – women who have Austen’s clear, sharp, objective and not unsympathetic eye, but, like Austen, their books are never larded with sentimentality. Otherwise I don’t see enough of Austen’s influence. In Italy, I’ve always enjoyed being able to visit a museum and on the street later search for the faces that I’ve just been looking at in the works of Piero Della Francesca, or Leonardo da Vinci or Vittore Carpaccio or the Bellinis. That’s what makes Jane Austen so enjoyable – you’ll meet one of her characters any day of the week in England. – Frank Delaney
  • I think every time someone picks up a Mills and Boon romance they’re seeing her influence, since she laid the blueprint for the strong powerful rich male (unattainable) meets average young female who manages to capture his attention through some special quality she has. I know the literary elite would be horrified at the comparison, but there it is. One of the writers Jane Austen influenced was Virginia Woolf, a very different writer in many ways, but one who also liked to represent the world of women in its everyday details. Perhaps it’s best to have Virginia Woolf herself tell us what she likes about Jane Austen. Like me she is fond of Jane Austen’s comic characters: “One after another she creates her fools, her prigs, her worldlings, her Mr. Collinses, her Sir Walter Elliots, her Mrs. Bennets. She encircles them with the lash of a whip-like phrase which, as it runs round them, cuts out their silhouettes for ever. But there they remain; no excuse is found for them and no mercy shown them.” In addition, Woolf draws attention to Jane Austen’s value system, which as you can see she clearly admires. “The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste. Her fool is a fool, her snob is a snob, because he departs from the model of sanity and sense which she has in mind, and conveys to us unmistakably even while she makes us laugh. Never did any novelist make more use of an impeccable sense of human values. It is against the disc of an unerring heart, an unfailing good taste, an almost stern morality, that she shows up those deviations from kindness, truth, and sincerity which are among the most delightful things in English literature.” Such high praise could only mean that Virginia Woolf was influenced by Jane Austen, but I’m not about to go into that right now — I’ll keep my Comparative Literature background tightly under wraps for the time being. – Monica Fairview
  • I see Jane Austen’s influence everywhere. The basic plot of Pride and Prejudice forms the basis of almost every romance. I think my favourite is Bridget Jones’s Diary. – Amanda Grange
  • They call Jane Austen the “grandmother of chick-lit and the romance novel” for good reason—I think her influence is reflected in every single work of romance today. I read voraciously, and enjoy the work of so many contemporary authors that I can’t pick a favorite; but for truly great writing, I keep going back to Jane and Charlotte Bronte! – Syrie James
  • Top of the heap for me is Anna Maxted, who has an extraordinary comic voice and a keen, cynical, wicked eye for characters and relationships. The first line of Being Committed (HarperCollins 2004) is pure Austen: Every woman likes to be proposed to, even if she means to refuse. – Janet Mullany
  • I cannot sing the praises of Georgette Heyer enough. I am a recent convert and she just makes me laugh out loud. Her historical detail is amazing and her characterizations are priceless. I would recommend The Grand Sophy and Venetia as two of my favorites. Cut from the same cloth is contemporary author Stephanie Barron (one of the contributors to my anthology). Her Being a Jane Austen Mystery series is superb. Start with the first in the series, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor. You will then want to rush out and purchase the next ten in the series. Next on my list would be Syrie James, (also one of my contributors), whose The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (2007) moved me so deeply that I decided I needed to post a review of it online and then began reading and reviewing Austen-inspired novels regularly. Lastly, but by no mean least, is the fabulous Lauren Willig (also one of my contributors). Her Pink Carnation series is a delight. I am happy to say that my fan-girl ravings about her series on my blog has converted quite a few new readers to the series. It really makes my day when my readers let me know that they enjoyed one of my recommendations as much, or even more, than I did. – Laurel Ann Nattress        
  • I tend to read authors’ work from about 1900-1960, and amongst those wonderful writers who were clearly influenced by Jane Austen are E. M. Forster, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Barbara Pym, Dodie Smith, and Dorothy Whipple. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith has resonances with Sense and Sensibility, Barbara Pym writes about the interaction between a small village group in England whilst at the same time making her own social commentary in books like Jane and Prudence, and Excellent Women. Frances Hodgson Burnett does a similar job in novels like A Fair Barbarian, and The Shuttle. I wonder how Jane’s work would have developed had she lived longer. She was beginning to address the subject of the merging classes in Persuasion, and as we know E. M. Forster loved her work, I wonder if he took his inspiration from that novel for A Room with a View. Certainly, the relationship between the sisters in Howard’s End, and their plight of losing their home has similar echoes in Sense and Sensibility.  Lastly, Dorothy Whipple’s perceptive and psychological novels like, Someone at a Distance, and The Priory, offer character studies and stories in an intimate setting that Jane would surely have enjoyed. – Jane Odiwe
  • I always love reading contemporary books with a Jane Austen connection.  Years ago, I picked up a copy of Melissa Nathan’s Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmine Field and I was hooked. In addition to Nathan, I’m a fan of Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella, and Helen Fielding. They don’t all have a direct Austen connection, but her influence is there.  For readers who enjoy historical romance set in the Regency era, I always suggest Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, and Loretta Chase, although that’s just the tip of the iceberg. – Beth Pattillo
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary has to be an all-time favourite. I first read it back in 1996 and completely identified with her tangled love-life, her self-deprecating sense of humour, her desire to find love. As for the movies that starred Renee Zwelleger as Bridget – I have watched them countless times and they are still the funniest films I’ve ever seen… – Alexandra Potter
  • I do not doubt that most writers of Regency Romance owe some debt to Jane Austen.  For many she was the doorway into that particular period.  In most cases, I would be hard pressed to identify a more specific connection.  However, Mary Balogh has explicitly taken Pride and Prejudice as her jumping-off point for her novel Slightly Dangerous.  I recently wrote a blog about how she has used the story and made it her own. – Myretta Robens
  • I have met many writers who admire Jane Austen, but I can’t think of any author whose writing indicates a Jane Austen influence, (other than the obvious Jane Austen paraliterature). – Jane Rubino
  • Why, yes.  I believe Lady Vernon and Her Daughter has captured the spirit of Austen’s works, while highlighting one of her lesser-known early works.  Did I mention it’s available in local books stores and online? Seriously, though there’s Austen’s obvious influence on the authors of the sequels and paraliterature.  And I supposed you could say she influenced, say, the entire modern romance genre.  I’d have to say favorites are young adult retellings of Austen’s classics, like Scones and Sensibility, and The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love. – Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
  • An author whom I adore is Georgette Heyer. She has plundered Jane’s works and reproduced quite a few of her plots, but with a difference. Her knowledge of the Georgian and Regency period is impeccable, and she includes a wealth of fascinating contemporary detail –and, having done a lot of research myself, I am more and more impressed by the accuracy and richness of hers. Of course she is much less accomplished in her creation of character, and the plots are far more extravagant, but time and time again I get a sense of Jane when reading Heyer. All the Regency novels are tremendous fun; my favourite is The Grand Sophy. When writing Mr. Darcy I kept well clear of Heyer: I thought I might start plagiarizing her unconsciously if I wasn’t careful. – Maya Slater
  • Two of my favorite authors who obviously have had Jane Austen as at least one of their influences are Georgette Heyer and Naomi Novik. Most of Heyer’s novels are set in the same time period as Austen’s, though of course Heyer was writing over a century later. She includes all the period detail that Austen’s novels don’t really need—though the careful reader should know that some of Heyer’s period detail is of her own invention. (As an author, I find that interesting—that even a stickler like Heyer sometimes made up or exaggerated detail for her own convenience.) Heyer’s novels are not just romantic but full of adventure, fun, and humor, and I’ve never been disappointed by any of her books. However, having read her biography, I have no particular desire to hang out with Miss Heyer as I would love to do with Jane Austen! The setting of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series—an alternate history of the Napoleonic wars in which dragons fitted with weapons and crew provide Britain’s military with an air force—is a combination of fantasy and history: a little Austen, a little Patrick O’Brian, a little Anne McCaffrey, and a whole lot of Novik’s own great sense of humor and gorgeous world-building and characterization. The dragons, who are sentient and can speak, are the most delightful characters in the books, and the style and prose have a true period feel. I suppose they would be more attractive to readers who enjoy high-fantasy novels, but the Temeraire novels read a lot more like O’Brian than like Tolkien. Of course the Duke of Wellington talked to dragons, and exactly like that! – Margaret C. Sullivan
  • All we do is pick up the threads of the past and reinvent the stories for the current times.  If we’re writing historical fiction, we imagine the details of another day, calling on our sense of connection, regardless of era or year.  Human emotions don’t change, what drives our souls and fills us up does not change. All the writer does is supply the context, so in that way, a well told story is timeless. – Adriana Trigiani
  • Two of my absolute favorite authors, both of whom remind me of Jane Austen, are Nick Hornby and Zadie Smith. On Beauty, Smith’s novel that won the Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is actually a homage to E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End, but it is also a quintessential “three or four families in a country village” sort of story. It is very Austenian in its biting wit and its fascinating and highly amusing observations of human nature. It’s also beautifully written and tremendously entertaining.  Nick Hornby also displays that deep understanding of, compassion for, and hilarious exposure of human beings at their best and their worst that I love so much in Austen. I highly recommend each of Hornby’s novels, with an emphasis on A Long Way Down; Juliet, Naked; and About a Boy. – Laurie Viera Rigler
  • The most obvious are the direct Austen take-offs.  Back in my grad school days, in the late, lamented Wordsworth Books in Cambridge, I stumbled across a British import called Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field.  I was enthralled, so enthralled that I missed my stop on the T and accidentally wound up in Alewife.  But I didn’t mind because I had Jasmin (aka Lizzy) with me.  The conceit was that a modern journalist was acting in a charity version of P&P.  Her Darcy was the director, an actor from a famous acting dynasty.  I loved the way Melissa Nathan managed to track P&P onto the modern without making it feel too contrived, but, most of all, I loved her bright and lively prose.  I think we see Austen’s tracks wherever we find social commentary hidden in humor, or a love story surrounded with quirky side characters.  We always get our happy ending, but we learn a lot along the way. – Lauren Willig

GIVEAWAY OF JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT

Enter a chance to win one signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress by leaving a comment stating which of your favorite authors do you feel were influenced by Jane Austen? Deadline to qualify for the drawing is 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 19, 22, 2012. The Winner will be announced on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Print edition available to US addresses or eBook edition internationally. Good luck!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress
Ballantine Books (2011)
Trade paperback (446) pages
ISBN: 978-0345524966

Read previous posts containing: Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4, Question 5, Question 6

Please join us next Friday for the eight of the fifteen questions and answers that will be posted over the next several weeks.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winner Announced for Jane Austen Made Me Do It Week Six

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)15 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It. The winner drawn at random is:

  • Alexadrap529 who left a comment on September 09, 2012

Congratulations Alexandra! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by September 19, 2012 indicating if you want a print or eBook version. Print book shipment to US addresses.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a new short story anthology containing 22 original stories inspired by Jane Austen. It is available in print and eBook format from Ballantine Books.

Thanks to all who left comments, and to my anthology authors for their great answers to my question. See everyone tomorrow for question number seven!

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Austenesque Authors at Northwest Bookfest 2012, Sept 22-23, Kirkland, WA

Northwest Bookfest 2012

I am thrilled to be participating in this year’s Northwest Bookfest 2012 with fellow Austenesque authors: Shannon Winslow, Susan Mason-Milks and Jenni James. We will have our own booth to meet readers, greet friends and sell our books. Please stop by to introduce yourselves and have your picture taken with Mr. Darcy! Yes. Mr. Darcy (the flat Stanley version that is) will be there in person awaiting for your arrival.

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (1995)Here is the scoop on the festival:

Connecting readers with writers, the Northwest Bookfest celebrates the literary arts where you will meet readers, writers, publishers and authors during this jam-packed weekend of workshops, panels, classes and author readings. This family-friendly event features dozens of author appearances and book signings, scores of exhibitors and booksellers, readings on multiple stages, storytellers and hands-on activities for kids, live music and a delicious variety of food and drink for sale. All events are free and open to the public.

Several Pacific Northwest bestselling authors will be giving presentations including: J.A. Jance (The Judgement Call: Joanna Brady Mystery), Ivan Doig (This House of Sky), Elizabeth George (Believing the Lie: Inspector Lynley Series), and David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars).  Shannon, Susan, Jenni and I will be representing Austenesque fiction to the great Northwest! This is my first bookfest, so it will be wonderful to meet readers, authors and spend some time with my fellow Janeites.

The weekend event is being held at Peter Kirk Park, in front of the community center. The hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For those who want to Google Map it or use an in-car navigation system, this is the address for Peter Kirk Park: 202 Third Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.

Austenesque Authors participating:

Shannon Winslow, author of The Darcys of Pemberley (2011)

Shannon Winslow is a passionate appreciator of the arts and a creative person in her own right. With her two sons grown, she now finds more time to devote to her diverse interests in music, literature, and the visual arts – writing claiming the lion’s share of her creative energies in recent years. In addition to several short stories, Ms. Winslow has authored three novels to date. The Darcys of Pemberley, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is her debut. For Myself Alone, a stand-alone Austenesque story, is soon to follow. Her most recent project is a contemporary “what if” novel entitled First of Second Chances. Shannon is a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest. She and her husband live in the log home they built in the countryside thirty-five miles south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier. Visit Shannon at her website/blog Shannon Winslow’s Jane Austen Says, Austen Authors, follow her on Twitter as @JaneAustenSays, and on Facebook as Shannon Winslow.

Susan Mason-Milks, author Mr. Darcy's Proposal (2012)

Susan Mason-Milks says, “Writing stories inspired by Austen’s books offers a way to spend more time with characters I’ve grown to love. Just because the book ends, it doesn’t have to be the end of the story.” In addition to writing, her other loves include singing in “a cappella joy” (a women’s barbershop chorus), reading, and yoga. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their four cats. Visit Susan at her websites Austen What If Stories, Austen Authors, follow her on Twitter as @SusanMasonMilks, and on Facebook as Susan Mason-Milks.

Jenni James, author of Pride and Popularity (2011)

Jenni James is author of the Austen Diaries, modern re-imaging of Jane Austen’s six major novels; Faerie Tale Collection, a new look at classic tales; and her latest release for children, Prince Tennyson. Married to a totally hot, redheaded Air Force Recruiter, Jenni and her husband live in New Mexico with their ten children. When she’s not writing up a storm, she enjoys reading, acting, portrait painting, directing plays, cooking, planning eleborate parties and chasing my kids around the house. Visit Jenni at her website/blog Author Jenni James, follow her on Twitter as @Jenni_James and on Facebook as Author Jenni James.

Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It (2011)

Laurel Ann Nattress, a life-long acolyte of Jane Austen, is the author/editor of Austenprose.com a blog devoted to her favorite author and Jane Austen Made Me Do It, a new short story anthology released by Ballantine Books in 2011. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, a regular contributor to the PBS blog Remotely Connected and the Jane Austen Centre online magazine. Classically trained as a landscape designer at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, she has also worked in marketing for a Grand Opera company and at present she delights in introducing neophytes to the charms of Miss Austen’s prose as a bookseller. An expatriate of southern California, Laurel Ann lives in a country cottage near Snohomish, Washington where it rains a lot. Visit Laurel Ann at her blog Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog, on Twitter as @Austenprose, and on Facebook as Laurel Ann Nattress.

From all of my fellow Austenesque authors, if you are in the Seattle area on the weekend of September 22-23, we would be thrilled to meet you and discuss our favorite author together!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

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