Have you read all of Jane Austen's novels? There's only six of them, believe it or not. And only about three or four of them were published before she passed away.
At some point, I've read all six. I've read four of them multiple times, and usually reread at least one a year. But this year, I'm going back through all of them. And marking pages (with sticky notes--nothing permanent!).
Well, one, because I love them. And two, because I'm going to try and write another book in the next few months.
You see, that book I wrote last year about the girl who had booked the wedding chapel but didn't have a groom lined up? Well, turns out her sister is demanding a story now. Miss Lydia Smith. It's her turn to be a student at Southern Christian Tech, and come to find out, she's an English major. Who loves Jane Austen.
See where I'm going with this? I'm hoping to scatter a few of Jane's own lines through Lydia's story as she meets a football player named Will Bennett. A guy who has never heard of Jane Austen. Yep. Should be some fun conversations between these two, and I'm very excited to start writing.
But first, I have three more of Jane's books to reread. On to Northanger Abbey, which always makes me laugh. Then, to Mansfield Park and Persuasion.
Do you have a favorite Jane Austen book? Do you have a favorite book about a Jane Austen-loving character? I'm always up for another read like that, too.
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
Authors I Love to Read (in no particular order)