When Emma Thompson’s lovely Sense and Sensibility came out on video, my mother chose it at the rental store. I’d never read Jane Austen, but she insisted on seeing it. I remember sitting down, not knowing what I was going to be watching, when the movie started. Not long in, my mother’s little giggles were enough to keep me entertained if the movie didn’t.
The next time we ventured into a bookstore, I had Mom buy me Sense and Sensibility. After that, I slowly read more and more of her work until I read Pride and Prejudice, which became my favorite as it is for so many Janeites.
From there, I found JAFF and became a voracious reader of JAFF as well as anything JA. Now, I write JAFF and since moving to England, travel to places associated with her books and her life. I love meeting up with friends at Jane Austen Regency Week in Alton and Chawton and I adore Bath and the Jane Austen Festival there is always interesting as well.
For me, Jane Austen’s work steered my life in a direction, I didn’t expect, but I am grateful for it. I wouldn’t have many of the wonderful friends I have now if she hadn’t come into my life.
We all have our own Jane stories–how Jane has changed us or affected our lives. I want to know yours. How has Jane been an influence on your life? I’m willing to bet there are some amazing tales out there, and I can’t wait to read them! Don’t be shy and tell me yours below.
In exchange for your story, you will be entered in my giveaway! I’m offering a signed paperback of my first two books, Rain and Retribution and A Matter of Chance along with a pack of Austen Variations notecards.
I look forward to hearing your stories!