Author Archives: Katherine Reay

Goodbye and Thank you!

Goodbye and Thank you!

First of all, for those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! I hope this is a joy-filled day with friends and family and a truly beautiful celebration. I am sad that my post was scheduled for today for it is with a heavy heart I also say goodbye and thank you. I have been posting on… Read the full blog post …

Book Release

Book Release

Next week, a book I had the privilege to write, but not author, will release. It is another woman’s story and I had the honor of bringing it to the page. While it has nothing overtly to do with Jane Austen, I am sharing it here for two reasons…   I consider us friends and… Read the full blog post …

Austen and a little Role Playing

Austen and a little Role Playing

In creating The Austen Escape, I looked to Mansfield Park for a crucial piece of inspiration. Jane Austen didn’t have a new concept to give me — Shakespeare used the same device in The Merchant of Venice — but she used it perfectly, and that’s all the inspiration I needed… Role Play. In the center… Read the full blog post …

Emma and Human Nature

Emma and Human Nature

Last month, I chatted about Emma as a “perfect novel” in terms of pacing, structure, point-of-view and character development. I’d love to revisit that again here with a slightly different focus. Human nature.  I don’t believe human nature (in aggregate, not our individual stories) doesn’t change over time. It’s this constant, our humanity, that allows… Read the full blog post …

Emma — A “Perfect” and Lovely Novel

Emma — A “Perfect” and Lovely Novel

Recently a friend and I were chatting novels and I said “Emma is considered the most perfect English novel.” After all, British essayist Ronald Blythe’s commented that Emma was “the climax of Jane Austen’s genius and the Parthenon of fiction.” “Why?” She asked.  “I have no idea.” I replied.  Now, after a little research, I… Read the full blog post …

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

I love the scene in Pride and Prejudice in which Miss Bingley criticizes Lizzy for becoming so “brown and course” during her summer travels. I always think — “But she had fun!”  And that’s what a little of summer is supposed to be — fun, free and sunny. Of course, I always go into those… Read the full blog post …

A Little Summer Reading

A Little Summer Reading

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and finding your schedules letting up a little. I also hope your summer reading is proving relaxing and even f Here are some books I’ve heard about and have added to my TBR pile this summer. Please let me know if you’ve read any of them… Read the full blog post …

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

Summer Travels…   Lots happens in the summer — it’s a wonderful time to escape. In Austen’s time, country parties were organized, visits to friends, summer parties and balls. Schedules loosened a little and exciting things happened. Just think about all Lizzy’s summer travels in Pride and Prejudice or Anne’s trip to Lyme (where she… Read the full blog post …

A Book Release!

A Book Release!

I am so delighted to announce that yesterday my novel, The Printed Letter Bookshop, hit online and in stores. It’s such a delight to get to share it with you here. While it is not an Austen story, as I’m sure you can imagine, my reading of Austen over many years always influences my writing. … Read the full blog post …

Birthdays!

Birthdays!

Let’s Celebrate Birthdays Well! Birthdays are big deals. They provide a wonderful moment to pause, look back, dream forward and celebrate with family and friends in the here and now.  Birthdays don’t play a prominent role in Austen’s novels, but they do in her few surviving letters. I like that because it shows a wonderful… Read the full blog post …

Time for a Walk?

Time for a Walk?

Spring is coming. It hasn’t quite hit Chicago yet, but a few flowers are defying the cold and promising good color and warm days ahead. And I’m finally getting back to walking. Years ago, I was a runner. I loved pounding out miles in any weather, but a back injury in 2014 ended that for… Read the full blog post …

A New Year Full of Books

A New Year Full of Books

I’ve got a new planner. A book club gave this to me last November and I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently to pull it out and start recording this bright New Year. There is so much potential within and New Year and within the blank pages of a good planner. I wanted to share it with you… Read the full blog post …