Author Archives: Cecilia Gray

Game of Janes

Game of Janes

Last Sunday marked the return of one of my favorite shows – Game of Thrones! For the uninitiated (living under a rock, perhaps?), Game of Thrones is an HBO series adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire. The yet-to-be-finished series follows a set of dynastic families as… Read the full blog post …

Writing What You Don’t Know

Writing What You Don’t Know

After I finished the Jane Austen Academy series, I wasn’t sure what to write next. I hadn’t sought out the realm of Jane Austen Fan Fiction on purpose. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed until after my series was almost complete. My first writing love was regency-style* historical romance novels, specifically the likes of… Read the full blog post …

Lunar New Year – Austen style

Lunar New Year – Austen style

I always celebrate New Year’s twice. On midnight of December 31st, I ring in the New Year with much of the world while sipping champagne and watching fireworks. On January 1st, I set resolutions. While some people might experience anxiety about keeping resolutions, I don’t. Because I have a little secret. About five weeks later, in… Read the full blog post …

Austenesque New Year’s Resolutions

Austenesque New Year’s Resolutions

It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone at the beginning of the year must be in want of resolutions. While January 1st may feel like an arbitrary start to something (it’s mid-season! not tied to the lunar calendar!) it is still a societal blank slate for the year ahead. No matter what you failed to… Read the full blog post …

Public and Private Lives

Public and Private Lives

History often comes down to the written word. Most of what we know of Jane Austen is derived from her letters to her sister, diary accounts of those close to her, her own written word, and the public and private written opinion of those who knew her or knew of her. Allow me to amend:… Read the full blog post …

Jane & Jealousy (or Austen & Envy)

Jane & Jealousy (or Austen & Envy)

I’ve been fraught with envy this past week as my fellow Austen authors and acolytes have been atwitter (and a-instagram and a-facebook) over the 2015 JASNA annual general meeting, which yours truly did not get to attend. Because paycheck. Envy and Jealousy are usually dismissed as negative emotions, but I find them quite helpful. They can help you prioritize. They can… Read the full blog post …

Jane Austen Family Reunion

Jane Austen Family Reunion

No matter how you feel about the 50 Shades phenomenon, an undeniable trend in the surge of independently published authors of romance, particularly new adult and erotic, followed as a result of its popularity. Traced back, its author was inspired to write by the Stephenie Meyer vampire romance sensation, Twilight, which also begat a rich vein of young… Read the full blog post …

Banned Austen

Banned Austen

This weekend is the annual meeting of the American Library Association in San Francisco. The mega-gathering of librarians celebrates the very best in literature. It’s a small price to get onto the exhibit floor where publishers hand over more than equal value in free advanced copies, and is a wonderful opportunity to meet your favorite current… Read the full blog post …

Apocausten

Apocausten

I live in San Francisco – earthquake country – and today is the release of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s earthquake thriller, San Andreas. If you haven’t caught the trailer, it’s apocaporn at its best. A moody and melancholy cover of California Dreamin’ plays over wide-angle slow-motion flyovers of collapsing skyscrapers as viewers are asked where will they… Read the full blog post …

Austen’s Sacred Cows

Austen’s Sacred Cows

sa·cred cow noun an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism * * * Last month, I blogged about fan possessiveness over Jane Austen, the author, and how love of her work can extend to love of her, the (very private) individual, leading us to feel ownership over her thoughts, feelings and beliefs.… Read the full blog post …

No, Jane Austen is MY best friend!

No, Jane Austen is MY best friend!

I have been working on a contemporary Mansfield Park retelling, but as is custom when I am writing, I was looking for opportunities to procrastinate heavily, and nothing justifies procrastination like research. While delving into Mansfield Park, I came upon several articles debating whether Jane Austen was in support of or against the slave trade. The… Read the full blog post …