27 Corsets:On Writing a Jane Austen Rom Com~Guest Post from Katie Oliver — 56 Comments

  1. I believe that you are correct in making the stories transition from Recency to Modern language and keep it there. But with your writing talent, the outcome is worth the price of the book for many to read.

  2. Sounds like you accepted and completed the challenge very well. Very intriguing. I am certainly interested in your results! Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. The Jane Austen Factor stories sound like fun and I’d love to read them (adding all three to my reading list right now). I admit I also have a penchant for bookmarks, so I’d be extra pleased if I was lucky enough to win this giveaway 🙂

  4. Congratulations on completing your task. I have read quite a few modern variations of P&P and really enjoyed them so look forward to reading these. Thanks for the chance of winning one and the lovely bookmarks 😊

  5. Thank you all for the very kind comments! I really hope you enjoy the books…they’re no comparison to Ms Austen (of course!) but I had fun writing them and I hope they provide an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.

    Best of luck to all who enter the contest!

    Katie xx

  6. How wonderful to hear your thought processes behind these. It makes reading them even more interesting. Looking forward to reading these.

  7. Fascinating post, Katie. Reading about different authors’ writing processes is a very interesting subject. I know what you mean about making the language sound less formal as I have a tendency to use Regency-speak whenever I write things and sometimes when I speak, too! I’ve had one or two strange looks when using words like “approbation” which tends to happen if I’ve just arrived at work after listening to a Regency set audiobook on my commute!

    Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on meeting that deadline of three books in six months!

  8. It’s ironic but in reading some much JAFF in my retirement I find myself using many of the Regency phrases in my conversations or written posts…but I leave them there for fun. I always love a good rom-com so count me in the drawing here and good luck with those demands from your publisher.

  9. Best of luck in the drawing, Sheila! It’s incredibly difficult not to “Jane-speak” sometimes, isn’t it?? 😄 I’m so appreciative of all the comments and for you for taking the time to post. Thank you!

  10. Fascinating!! I don’t usually like the modern versions of Austen because my heart is firmly planted in the soil of the English Rengency period, but these sound amazing! 🙂

    And since you wrote them, Maria, I have no doubt that they’ll be spectacular!!

    I feel a bit like an Austen heroine myself as we face the loss of our home and the beginning of a new life somewhere else. My situation sounds a lot like the plot lines of Persuasion or S&S or “The Stanhopes,” the novel within a novel in Syrie James’ The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen.

    Take care and write on, Maria!

    Susanne 🙂

  11. What a daunting challenge you were given by your publisher. They knew you could accomplish it. These stories sound interesting and are on my wish list Thank you for your generous give away.

  12. Love your post, Katie! Your books sound wonderful–a perfect “fun & flirty” read for a lazy summer day! I cracked up at your line, “The tendency to behave either (a) badly or (b) stupidly is inherent in all of us and is pretty much a given.” Ha! That is so true and something I believe Austen did a great job showing. Looking forward to seeing how you recreate Austen’s characters in your stories! And thanks for the giveaway, too!

    • Thank you for the lovely comment, Jakki! I really had fun writing these books. It’s a very good thing for us writers that human nature hasn’t changed much in 250 years. I hope you like the books and I hope to write another in the very near future.

      Again, many thanks!


  13. I usually prefer Regency novels but your story sounds intrigating (is that a Jane-speak word or just my native French taking over?). I put it on my to read list in case I don’t win 😉

    • Thank you for adding my book to your to be read list – much appreciated! No, it’s not set during the Regency, but I tried to stay true to the spirit of Sense and Sensibilty despite the modern setting. Best of luck…I hope you win!


  14. Golly three books in such a short time frame. It may have been difficult Katie to do anything else but write and think about the books? Thank you for doing that and I look forward to reading them.

    • It was crazy, Ann! Lol. I had to hit 10k words a week for eight weeks for each book, times three. Luckily I had lots of quiet time to do it, and I enjoyed the challenge. Mostly. ;-D

      Thanks so much for commenting and I do hope you read them…they were lots of fun to write. x


  15. These sounds quite interesting, and I’d love to give them a try. I can easily see how changing Ms. Austen’s characters to modern would be difficult when it comes to language. I have had close friends say, “Who uses that word?” when I talk. Oops! But why not use that word when it perfectly embodies what is meant? Oh, well.

    • Exactly, Wendy. It’s difficult to dispense with the more formal Regency language from Austen’s books, because it’s so intrinsic to her characters and stories. It was a real challenge to me as I wrote! But updating the language – especially the characters’ conversation – was necessary to make my editor and readers happy. However, I’d love to try my hand at writing a Regency; in fact, I’m discussing that possibility with my agent.

      I thank you for your comment and I do hope you give my books a read. 🙂


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