November’s Interview with a Janeite, featuring Special Guest Ceri! — 83 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for having me to visit, and to Caitlin for answering my questions! I will look forward to reading the new book when it’s ready for readers 🙂

    • Thanks so much for visiting us today, Ceri. I am always interested to know how people got into JAFF.

      I have been very quiet lately, because I have been scribbling away on the new book and there is always lots to do at home, but it was nice to come out of my writing hole and chat for a bit.

  2. Ladies,
    What a fantastic interview! It was such a pleasure getting to know more about each other ye,the brains behind the face.

    Ceri,you must know I love visiting your blog,seeing what you’re reading and reading your thoughts on the latest JAFF craze!! 😉

    Caitlin,I’ve read and loved all your books but for me,TCOAOEB will always hold a special place in my heart!! 😊

    Thanks to you both for such an interesting post!!

    • Always lovely to hear from you, Sophia and I hope you are doing well.
      Congrats on ‘Rakes and Rogues’.

      This was fun to do and I love Ceri’s blog, she’s a great reviewer

  3. Now I really want to know what the WIP is about! I like edgy!
    I recently finished ‘When we are married’ and loved that (I have a thing for jealous Janes :), so please keep on writing.

    • I am so glad to hear you like edgy. I can’t promise another jealous Jane though. In fact, she isn’t even in it, only mentioned and thought about.

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  4. What a lovely interview. It is always fun to find out how other people came in to this world of JAFF.
    I have an input on why I believe so many love Jane Austens writing. I think it is the undertow in her books, the things she doesn’t really write but are still felt like the love between ODC.

    • That’s a good observation, Elin. I think she is such a good writer because she leaves some things open and doesn’t feel the need to explain everything, or describe everything, which allows the readers to use their own imagination to ‘fill in the blanks’

    • That’s a great point, Elin. Austen lets the reader deduce things for themselves. I love her subtlety and how she says things by not saying things sometimes.

  5. What a fantastic interview – from both of you. I love hearing how others came into the JAFF fold. I’m a late bloomer myself, only having discovered all the adaptations a little over a year ago and because of that, I have some new favourite authors – Caitlin being one of them.

  6. Excellent interviews, you two. Especially love that we got an unexpected two for the ‘price’ of one! Eagerly awaiting Caitlin’s new book. Any timeline ideas for it?

    • Thanks. It’s coming on nicely, not too far away:) though, as I said it’s a risky one, so not sure it’ll be to everyone s taste. I hope you are having a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  7. Hi Ceri & Caitlin! What a delightful interview of both of you! Ceri, I love your blog and the name of it as well as your perspective on books. I do agree with you about the appeal of Jane’s works not pushing a social agenda. It’s the day-to-day living in which we can see the actions or reactions of people in our own circles having…it is still relevant!

    Caitlin, I am excited to hear you have a new ‘work in project’! You write it and I will read it! Thank you for the chance at a generous giveaway! Love the new cover by Janet!

    • Love to hear from you, Carole. I hope you are well and having a great weekend.

      The new cover is lovely. I was sentimental about the previous one as I did it myself, but the resolution was not great, so it had to be redone, and when she sent it to me, I was blown away.

    • Hi Carole, lovely to see you here. Thank you for the kind comments about my blog.

      I agree with what you say about Austen. I think the fact that they are so day to day means we can see people we know in her characters and they are easier to relate to than some other books.

  8. It was lovely to read your interview. I am always interested in where authors get their inspiration. As to what JA character, I most resemble, I have to say the older I get the more I’m a combination of Charlotte and Lady Catherine!

    • Between you and me, I know somebody that reminds me of Lady Catherine, and while it can get my back up sometimes, I also really admire that person for their passion and how willing they are to stand up for what they believe. I don’t like those variations which cast Lady C as a pantomime villain, because I have a sneaking fondness for her.

  9. Ceri and Caitlin, a lovely interview! I agree about Northanger Abbey, Ceri. Michael Judd makes a superb Henry Tilney, and Felicity Jones works so well as the wide-eyed Catherine. I enjoyed finding out more about the JA books you enjoy.
    Caitlin — wow, sounds like an exciting book. Looking forward to it.

  10. Fantastic Interviews! I really enjoyed this one. Thanks so much to both of you for sharing your talents with the JAFF world. Jen Red

  11. What a great interview! I agree that I would like to have Charlotte Lucas with me if I was stranded on a road trip. I agree completely of her analysis of the other suggestions. It was a bonus to have Caitlin’s interview. Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. What a great interview. Congratulations to both of you.
    Ceri I totally agree with your reason for the popularity of Jane’s books being the lack of the actual history of the time.
    Caitlin NO!!!! I’m so sorry to hear that your next book will be your last P&P variation. But saying that I can understand your need to relax a bit and catch up with your reading but it is our loss.
    I love these interviews and the opportunity to ‘chat’ with fellow JAFF authors and readers as none of my friends and family share my obsession.

    • Glynis, lovely to hear from you.

      I love Lizzy and Darcy, and this new book I’m writing makes me love them all over again, but I do need a break. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

    • Hi Glynis! I am sorry to hear that Caitlin isn’t planning any more P&P variations after her WIP, but I’m excited to see what she does next, whenever that may be.

  13. Great interviews. Caitlin, I am so glad that our are fond of the works of Elizabeth Gaskell, perhaps in the future you might consider a North & South story? I hope so as I would love to see what you would do with it.

  14. Ceri – I too would take a road trip with Charlotte Lucas, I have always thought that her wit was as amusing as Elizabeth’s, though perhaps not quite as quick.

    Catlin – The movie Lost in Austin also pushed many boundaries and it ended up being wonderful alternate view of P+P. I will look for ‘The Events at Branxbourne’. Is there somewhere we can go to get updates of it’s release?

    • Thanks Gerry. I will let everyone know as soon as I have a release date in mind. I’m on FB so you can follow me there,
      Lost in Austen is fantastic, isn’t it? such an original idea. How I would love to fall into Austen’s world for a while:)

    • I think Charlotte is ideal ‘best friend’ material, Gerry. She’d be fun for a road trip.

      I haven’t seen Lost in Austen for two reasons – firstly, I am rubbish at watching adaptations. I find it hard to concentrate on them. A book is more absorbing. Secondly, I had the ending of this spoiled for me, so I don’t want to bother! I know it’s highly rated though.

  15. Ceri and Caitlin – I just loved this interview! And I totally agree about Henry Tilney & Northanger Abbey — such a delightful adaptation!!
    Thanks to you both for your thoughtful responses. It was such a pleasure to get to read more about each of you lovely ladies! ♡

    • Oh Henry!!!! I love J J Feild in this version. I agree with you, Marilyn, it’s a really delightful adaptation. Felicity Jones is just so adorable as Catherine, I think she’s outstanding. What we need now is a good Mansfield Park adaptation. I haven’t watched one yet which is true to Fanny Price.

  16. Wow! I just found this post!! What an excellent interview with Ceri and then with Caitlin. I love getting to know Ceri and that we agree on JJ Feild is the best as Henry Tilney and I loved his chemistry with Catherine Morland… it was so delightful. I love Caitlin’s books and wish her all the best in her new endeavors. Blessings to both ladies.

    Here in the US we are celebrating Thanksgiving and we take this time of the year to look at that for which we are thankful. I am thankful for GoodReads and all the friends and authors I’ve met since joining. I had no idea there was such a genre. Thanks to Caitlin for all the hours of enjoyment I’ve received by reading your books. Ceri, I am thankful that you started your blog because I’ve certainly enjoyed our discussions and reading your reviews. Have a blessed rest of the week ladies.

    • Thanks for coming by. We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK of course, but the idea of it is lovely. I’m thankful for all the kind, friendly, readers, and all the joy (for the most part:) JAFF has brought me.

    • Thank you so much Jeanne! I think we are all in agreement that J J Feild is the best Henry 🙂

      Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, we see posts here and there which remind us that you are celebrating, and I have been thinking about the things I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my health, the fact I have a job and also for all the enjoyment I get from my reading and my blog. You are a regular visitor at my blog and I’m grateful for your visits and support. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

  17. Really enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading your next novel. It was great to learn so much about you both. Thank you so much for mentioning Me! (I,m in love with the colonel!)

  18. This book has a very special place in my heart as I posted the first review on Amazon (5 stars). I have read it twice and have read her other books and enjoyed them also. Thanks for sharing. The author’s books are NOT TO MISS/MUST READS.

  19. Thanks for sharing this interview with us, Caitlin and Ceri. It’s great to know about a fellow Janeite who loves Austenesque fiction as much as me. I cannot wait to hear more about your WIP, Caitlin. Keep on writing!

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