When a Lady is to be a Novelist — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this little behind the scenes in your life and how you got here, Shannon. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you write to spend a little more time with her characters in their world. That is so true for so many people! I am so thankful Jane Austen introduced us to these characters who have touched so many people the same way!

  2. Shannon, you’re full of surprises. I just assumed you had been writing forever – I pictured you as a young girl at an antique desk in your attic writing, writing, writing.

    However late a start, you’re doing a great job. I have all your novels, and I love each and every one of them. I don’t write – I wish I could (that was my goal as a young girl – either that or to be a librarian. I became neither.). And I also came to Austen late; through the Colin Firth P&P video. I’ve since read all of Jane’s novels, and I have a huge collection of Austenesque fiction and non-fiction.

    Don’t stop writing. Ever.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • Thank you so much for your support and kind words, Lilyane. And be assured, I do intend to keep writing!

      Sorry to destroy your illusions about me. As a little girl, I can remember wanting to be an ice skater, not a writer. That or a nun, and we weren’t even Catholic. I was just convinced from movies I’d seen that all nuns could sing beautifully! Haha!

      By high school age, I was most interested in architecture. But I settled on dental hygiene instead because it paid well and could be done part time – a huge advantage when raising kids. Thirty years of cleaning teeth was enough, though, so I was ready for a change! What a gift it has been to find something new and interesting to do at this stage of my life!

  3. I didn’t like P&P when I first came across it in high school. In fact, I faked a book report on it, based on a quick scan and the information from the back cover.

    I didn’t come across Austen again until I was in graduate school, taking a Gender & Satire class for my Master’s in English degree. We read P&P, and I was hooked, enough so that my essay for that class was on the theme of civility in P&P, S&S, and MP. In fact, I was not so politely asked to leave by the librarian in the university’s reading room (which looked much like the Gryffindor Common Room in the Harry Potter movies) because I couldn’t control my snorts of laughter as I read S&S.

    The movies came much later.

    Since 2010, I’ve been writing fan fiction novels for a different fandom (one with sparkly vampires–don’t laugh!), but I soon tired of reading the fan fics–although many were amazing and have been turned into successful non-fan-fic books–and I’m not talking about 50 Shades.

    But now I’ve immersed myself for the past 15 months in the world of Austen Variations and have started my own novel. If only I had time to write while homeschooling our special-needs son, teaching writing and literature to homeschoolers both in the classroom and online, and juggling my own freelance essay-grading and editing business. I’ve been sharing the first couple of chapters with my local writing group, and they seem to like it. So we’ll see….

    Right now I am so enjoying everyone else’s “what if” variations on P&P and occasionally on the other novels, too. 🙂

    Thanks, Shannon, for sharing your story. Very cool! 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thanks for your comments, Susanne. Like you, I’m not sure I would have appreciated P&P if I had read it when I was younger. But it was there waiting for me like a wonderful gift when I had reached just the right age. Hope you get a chance to finish your book. Life throws many challenges at us though, doesn’t it?

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