Category Archives: Guest Author

“You Are Quite Sure That Is the Way of Taking an Oath in China?” by Guest Author Lona Manning

“You Are Quite Sure That Is the Way of Taking an Oath in China?” by Guest Author Lona Manning

Please join us in welcoming wonderful Austenesque author Lona Manning to the blog. Lona discovered a fascinating bit of Old Bailey courtroom drama and requested sharing the case with our fabulous Austen Authors readers. Thanks so much, Lona! This is Lona’s fourth time as a guest, the links to her previous three blogs listed below.… more goodness …

Introducing “The Colonel’s Spinster,” an Austen Variation from Audrey Harrison

Introducing “The Colonel’s Spinster,” an Austen Variation from Audrey Harrison

I have had the pleasure of working with Audrey Harrison this past year as part of the Tragic Characters in Classic Lit Series. You have likely heard me mention the series previously. I featured my I Shot the Sheriff , a tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham, on November 30. However, I thought Austen fans… more goodness …

“Back to the Bonnet,” a Guest Post from Jennifer Duke

“Back to the Bonnet,” a Guest Post from Jennifer Duke

BACK TO THE BONNET By Jennifer Duke UNCOVER THE SECRET LIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MISS MARY BENNET WHO FIRST MADE THE READER’S ACQUAINTANCE IN PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY JANE AUSTEN What if Mary Bennet was actually behind the important events of Pride and Prejudice? In Back to the Bonnet, Jennifer Duke explores how the… more goodness …

“The True English Style” by Special Guest Lona Manning

“The True English Style” by Special Guest Lona Manning

We are very excited to welcome Lona Manning, an Austenesque author who is not only a great friend to us personally, but has also been kind enough to guest on the blog twice before! Lona’s bio, publications, and relevant links are at the end of this post. Below are the direct links to Lona’s previous… more goodness …

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We are Speaking of Music! “What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.” “We are speaking of music, Madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply. “Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is… more goodness …

“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, A Guest Post from Lona Manning

“Mansfield Park” and Conduct Novels, A Guest Post from Lona Manning

“There is a great deal more for you to learn:” Mansfield Park and Conduct Novels       It was once a truth universally acknowledged that parents had a moral duty to raise their children to be industrious, virtuous, charitable, and pious, to prepare their offspring for a happy and useful life on earth and… more goodness …

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

Prejudice is generally viewed today as a negative trait Through its association with racism, it has acquired a particularly evil resonance in the U. S.; it’s hard to see anything redeeming here. But it wasn’t that simple in Jane Austen’s time. The key words in her most famous book were morally ambidextrous. Pride could mean… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!), a guest post from James Gaynor

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!), a guest post from James Gaynor

Emily Dickinson once famously remarked that if she felt as though the top of her head were taken off, she knew she was reading poetry. And who hasn’t read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, …” and felt our heads explode? In my work as a poet, I’ve long been fascinated by memorable opening and… more goodness …

Sweetheart’s Day, a Guest Post from Virginia Kohl

Sweetheart’s Day, a Guest Post from Virginia Kohl

I fell in love with the Regency era as a young girl. In addition to Jane Austen’s beloved novels, I was introduced to the period by a collection of Valentine’s Day themed stories. This book still has a special place on my bookshelf to be re-read during the month that celebrates true love.    Valentine’s… more goodness …

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

BETWEEN THE LINES Sisterhood and serendipitous elusiveness Jane Austen, like many great artists, reaches out to us across time as both a living presence glimpsed between the lines of her own words and as an image orchestrated and reconstructed endlessly by others – including the woman regarded traditionally as iconographer-in-chief, her elder sister, Cassandra. Conspiracy… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Predicting the due date of a pregnancy is a matter of guesswork, even in these modern times. Babies are notorious for following their own schedule rather than the convenience of their mother, midwife, or obstetrician. Nevertheless, it is rare for a pregnancy to extend much beyond 40 weeks, and it is almost as dangerous for… more goodness …

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

At the JASNA annual conference last October, I was fortunate enough to meet with a number of JAFF writers and editors. Did I participate in a little fangirling? Well, yes.  During the course of our various discussions, the topic of the divide between the Jane Austen fandom and Jane Austen academics arose, and I’ve been… more goodness …

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen First, thank you for having me on Austen Authors. Since I collect antiques, I thought I’d share one with your readers that might have appealed to Jane Austen. It’s my Georgian era writing desk. I confess, while it’s in my home and I adore it, the Georgian writing table… more goodness …