Allow me to introduce myself… Elaine Jeremiah

Allow me to introduce myself… Elaine Jeremiah

I’m really pleased to be able to introduce myself to you all. Like all of you, I’m a huge Jane Austen fan but unlike many of you, I was blessed enough to grow up in the county of Hampshire – just like Jane. I was born in Southampton and grew up in Eastleigh, which is a short journey away from Winchester. I’ve often walked past the house in Winchester where Jane died. It has a plaque on the wall explaining that she died there, but unfortunately it’s not open to the public.

I feel like a love of Jane Austen is in my DNA. My mum and my sister love Jane Austen too, as do many of my family. I had my first introduction to Pride and Prejudice when I was about 10 years old. I tried to read it, but couldn’t understand it properly and so it was a few years later, when I was 13, that I first read it. Much later on, I went to university in Winchester to study English and my dissertation was on conversation in Jane Austen’s novels!

I’ve visited Jane Austen’s house at Chawton a number of times, as well as Chawton House, where her brother lived, which is now a library and research centre of early women’s writing. Living in England, I’m spoiled for choice when it comes to grand country houses to visit and I’ve visited many over the years, including Chatsworth, which stood in for Pemberley in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, and Dyrham Park outside Bath, not far from where I now live, which has featured in various adaptations of Austen’s novels.

After I got married, I swapped Hampshire for Bristol, which just so happens to be down the road from Bath! I hadn’t visited Bath before I was married dare I say it, but I’ve certainly made up for that now. I’ve been there many times, including trips to the Theatre Royal, which is a Regency era theatre. Some of the plays I’ve seen there have been adaptations of Austen’s novels, including one of Pride and Prejudice. The most fun thing I’ve done in Bath is to twice take part in the Regency Grand Promenade, during the annual Jane Austen Festival, through the streets of Bath, in full Regency dress, with around 500 other Janeites. It literally stops the traffic!

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve started writing Jane Austen fan fiction. I finally feel like I’ve found my niche, having written the first two books in what’s best described as a Jane Austen-inspired time travel romance trilogy. But I’ve taken a break from that to write my very first Pride and Prejudice variation, which is at the final editing stages. So watch this space! I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the Austen Authors team and look forward to connecting more with fellow Jane Austen fans.

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28 Responses to Allow me to introduce myself… Elaine Jeremiah

  1. How wonderful that you live in UK for your writing and love of JA. We were supposed to go in October, but got shut down with covid. So now virtual travel is at top of the list. Congratulations on becoming an AUAU.

    • Thank you! Yes, I may be biased 😉 but England is a lovely place to visit, there’s plenty of beautiful places not least Jane Austen’s house at Chawton. I hope you get to come sometime soon. 🙂

  2. Welcome to our party Elaine… I loved the picture of your Regency dress. I’m looking forward to reading your work in progress. We love anything Jane Austen. Blessings on the success of your work.

  3. I’ve been to Bath once and loved it!! I went to a country ball, in costume, with my two daughters. There’s just something magical about walking in her footsteps. Good luck with your posts.

  4. Congratulations and happy writing! I love that you live in UK. My DH and I would have been there Oct. 2-11 but because of Covid we cancelled and stayed i the USA. Still I love traveling virtually and look forward to more posts. Jen Red

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! You’re always so supportive. 🙂 I do feel very blessed to have grown up in Austen country. I’m sorry you couldn’t come over here but hope you can come another time.

  5. Now you’ve got the travel bug nibbling at me again. I have travelled a bit through southern England and loved every place I saw. But it’s been a very, very long time. I think I still have a smelly bottle of Bath water hidden somewhere in my piles of souvenirs. Tee hee. My husband and I are planning a hiking trip through Wales at some point when we can travel again, and I plan to add a few Austen-related stops onto that journey, whether he likes it or not.

    • Haha I think I’ll pass on the water! I hope you can come back to the UK sometime. Wales is beautiful, I love it there. Pembrokeshire on the south west coast of Wales is especially lovely. And yes, definitely fit in some Austen stops!

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