2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In the past few weeks there have been celebrations, including the reveal of a ten pound note featuring a portrait of Austen. She was only 41 when she passed, but in that time she managed to write seven novels, along with many more short stories found in her juvenilia. But eventually you do come to an end of her bibliography and want to continue reading books set in her world.
JAFF (Jane Austen Fanfiction) is a popular niche, especially in self-publishing. They tell stories of what-ifs, variations, and sequels with Austen’s characters, generally Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, one of the world’s most beloved couples. I’ve even been known to write a few of these myself. But self-publishing is not the only way to find works inspired by Austen. Here is a list of 20 books inspired by one of the most enduring authors of the Western canon.
Yup. Everyone wants to be famous. Except me. Someone mentioned to me that the screenplay I am currently working on had the potential to make me famous and it totally freaked me out. Sure I talk about how I want to be the next Shonda Rhimes, but for the most part, writers can be household names and no one remembers what they look like.
Writers have the freedom to walk down the street and no one recognize them. Sure it can be argued that it is the downplaying of the arts and writers, should be more exalted. They are the ones creating our tv, movies, and books, basically most forms of entertainment. And I agree with them. But I must say, until that changes, I want to take advantage of it.
I want the world to have a little joy brought into their lives because of the things I write, and I would love to get paid for that, but I do not want to sacrifice my privacy and sanity for it.
So, basically I want the perks of fame (wealth, respect), but without the downside (lack of privacy). Unless I become a huge writer-director, I think this is totally possible and I refuse to let anyone tell me it isn’t.
Can I start of by saying June was terrible for my writing? My friends keep telling me to not be hard on myself because I spent the month mostly novel revising and I had a birthday and major test to prepare for, not to mention thesis revisions. So yeah, June was busy, but I am still disappointed in the progress I made
July GYWO: 7,922 out of 30,000
Star of Xianu: 4,178 (64,479 out of 70,000 total)
JAFF Novel: 3,870 (22,908 out of 35,000)
GYWO: 110,526 out of 200,000
I’m doing a writing retreat during July, plus Camp NaNoWriMo, so I am hoping that July goes much better. I am determined to do better, but I am also determined to accept that not every moth will have high word counts. I need to forgive myself for June and know I will move forward with my writing. As my friends tell me, and I tell other writers, every new word counts.
I’m hosting a fun giveaway for Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert. I am so excited for this book. We need more books that show black queer love and discuss mental illness, which are both still relatively taboo subjects.
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
The contest will run until 11:59pm EST July 31st, then I will hold a random drawing and announce on August 1st. If you want to win a copy of Little and Lion all you have to do is go on my Twitter page, follow me, and retweet this tweet: