A Look Back and a Look Ahead -Author Update from Elaine Owen

A Look Back and a Look Ahead -Author Update from Elaine Owen

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous start to your summer. I wanted to take a minute to tell you what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been and where I’ll be going in the future. 

My summer got off to an amazing start! As some of you know, in May I released my first anthology, a collection of short stories called Stories to Make You Smile, mostly based in Jane Austen, but also with one “bonus” short from the world of North and South. Most of the stories are ones that I wrote and published on fanfiction sites and had sitting out there for years. All of them were fun to write, and readers say they have been fun to read too! I’m so humbled and blessed by all the good comments and the strong response!

With that release out of the way, it was time for vacation!

My daughter and me on our great adventure!

My daughter loves all things ghostly and supernatural, and last summer she and I took a trip to Salem, Massachusetts to indulge her interest. That trip was such a big hit that last week, she and I traveled together to Charleston, South Carolina for another session of ghostly investigations! My editor and manager happen to live in South Carolina as well so they met us there and this trip served for both business and pleasure.

Charleston is an amazing place! It has four centuries of history so ghost stories abound everywhere (though we never saw one for ourselves, much to my daughter’s disappointment!). I was interested in all the history but especially the history that overlaps with Jane Austen’s time. For instance, in Jane Austen’s lifetime Charleston was one of the largest ports in America, as well as a military post. Sailors and soldiers were everywhere! Surely if Jane had ever visited she would have enjoyed walking the oldest parts of this romantic city, admiring the graceful mansions everywhere and hoping she would encounter a handsome young man in a suit!

In the Charleston Museum we saw items like writing desks and quills that would have fit right in with Jane Austen’s home. We also saw a smoking pipe that could have been in my short story With Apologies to Dickens. And of course there were horse drawn carriages everywhere! We took a ride in one and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I simply cannot imagine riding in a carriage over cobblestone streets. No wonder people in Jane’s day did so much walking! There are some things that are better left in the past! 

Our view before a monsoon hit!


After our time in Charleston we returned home refreshed, but now it’s time for my next big project of the summer. As some of you know, I do martial arts when I’m not writing, and in July I will be (drum roll, please) . . . .  testing for my fourth degree black belt! Testing will take place on July 15th in Phoenix, Arizona. The time between now and then will be filled with practice, practice and more practice! Wish me luck, please! 

Of course I will still be writing when I’m not at our karate studio, and no matter what happens at testing Darcy and Elizabeth and their adventures with the Fleur de Lys will never be far from my mind. There will be plenty of time to continue their story on the plane ride and during down times in Phoenix. Once I get home my major goal will be to finish Elizabeth and the Fleur de Lys as soon as possible! Hopefully it will be done by the end of this year and published in the first part of 2023. 

My manager Leah, my editor Nancy, and me.

So that is my author update. We are blessed to have so many opportunities to see the country and to enjoy our favorite pursuits! Please take a minute below and tell me what you will be up to this summer! 


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June 26, 2022 4:52 PM

Sounds like a great trip. Good luck on earning your belt.

June 19, 2022 10:50 PM

Wow. Nice start to the summer and amazing…. 4th degree black belt! Also brave to hunt for ghost!!!
Hope you and your family/friends continue to enjoy your summer.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
June 16, 2022 5:25 PM

Nice pics sounds like you had a good time! Sorry your daughter didn’t see a ghost. I went on a ghost walk in Ocean City New Jersey and we did not see any ghost either! There is supposed to be one named Emily in their Flanders hotel but we never saw her!lol Hope the rest of your writing comes along and good luck on your black belt!

Mirta Ines Trupp
June 16, 2022 2:51 PM

Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
June 16, 2022 9:47 AM

Thanks for sharing your summer trip and pictures with us. My condolences to your daughter on NOT seeing a ghost. I know she was disappointed. Perhaps you could write a P&P ghost short for her pleasure. LOL! It might be too soon for this Halloween but would be perfect for the next. Goodness, that would be hilarious, especially if it was a funny ghost rather than a malevolent one. Wishing you luck on your next black belt. Blessings on all your hard work.

Regina Jeffers
June 16, 2022 8:21 AM

I will need to bow to you instead of you bowing to me when you receive your next black belt. Good for you.
Next time you think of going to SC, remember I am on the NC/SC border outside of Charlotte. I would love spending time with you.

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