I became interested in Jane Austen’s work long ago, but only found Jane Austen fan fiction about five years ago. I went on a reading frenzy, devouring titles I located on Amazon. I found the forums soon after, and my addiction grew from there. I never dreamed I would write. In fact, I insisted I wouldn’t write for nearly a year before I took the flying leap.
In retrospect, I suppose I’m being a bit melodramatic when I say a flying leap. While I liked to daydream and create stories in my head, I’d never considered writing them down much less showing them to the world at large.
A JAFF chat room and the group of ladies within changed everything. Anyone who enters or comes in regularly gets lumped in with the Chat Chits, and they became the cheer crew who pestered me to write. I tried to give away an idea I had for a story once, and the ladies told me I should write it myself. I then wrote Rain and Retribution. I wouldn’t be where I am if they hadn’t convinced me to give it a go and supported me as I figured everything out. I owe them a debt of gratitude as much as I owe those who volunteered to be my betas and those who purchased my books.
I never began writing because I set out to publish. My husband, after reading responses to Rain and Retribution, began suggesting, but I finally gave it a go in response to readers. Their comments prompted me to finally format everything and this time hit the publish button. I have never looked back. I explore and write the subjects I want, and I have an amazing community with which to do so. I could not be happier with where I am.
Now, I get to embark upon something new, while remaining within the community that I love, and I am so excited! I will be able to share what I learn from my research, share what I am passionate about. Sometimes, I may even bore you with what I learn on my travels around England or beyond. I can’t wait!
Austen Variations has always represented the ‘big names’ of JAFF—excellence in the genre. I’m honored they have asked me to join their ranks. I would also like to thank them for giving me the chance to be here. Ladies and gent, I look forward to joining some of your writing adventures and to have you join in mine.