Thrilled to be part of this month’s Austenesque Extravaganza, put together by bloggers Meredith Esparza and Jakki Leatherberry. For my part in this month-long celebration of everything Austen, I got to meet Austen authors Alyssa Goodnight and Karalynne Mackrory and chat via Skype about (gasp!) Our Jane Austen Pet Peeves. (Sacrilege!) Hope you enjoy!
Alyssa Goodnight: I’m Alyssa Goodnight, and my Austen-inspired novels are modern-day homages that make the assumption that Jane Austen’s spirit is alive and well, offering up romantic advice from a journal.
Lori Smith: Sounds like fun! I’ve written Austen-related non-fiction, most recently The Jane Austen Guide to Life, which takes practical lessons from both Austen’s fiction and her life stories. If she could give us advice today, what would she tell us? Similar to yours a bit, Alyssa.
KaraLynne Mackrory: I am KaraLynne Mackrory and I live in a fantasy world where I believe Mr. Darcy is real. Well, real enough to invade my thoughts and make me produce giggle-fest stories of him.
Alyssa Goodnight: So…I assume Mr. Darcy is your favorite Austen hero?
KaraLynne Mackrory: Hmm… that’s a good question. And the answer might not even be yes. I liked him a lot – though probably because P & P is my favorite of Jane Austen’s books, but I almost liked Edmund Bertram or the charming Mr. Tilney as much. How about you guys? Continue reading »