Jane Austen Lied to Me
by Jeanette Watts
What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?
Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.
I’ve been thinking about my conversation with Professor Jacobson over and over. The thing about formulas and people. It makes a certain kind of sense, but does it lack a romantic sensibility?
Ha! Sense and Sensibility!
This is the second time that Professor Jacobson has me thinking about S&S. Well, if I’m no Lizzie Bennett, there are worse things in life than being a Marianne Dashwood. She had youth and beauty and high spirits. She wasn’t good at the dating thing, either, and overlooked the better man at first. Why was that? Did Colonel Brandon seem unromantic at first impression?
Even though I’ve got an assignment due in Spanish, as well as the inevitable calc and chem homework, I grabbed Sense and Sensibility to take with me to read while I went to dinner. I wanted to read everything in the book about Colonel Brandon.
Anne spotted me in the dining hall while I was halfway through a tuna sandwich and a really big pile of potato chips. “Hey, Roomie.” She slid her cafeteria tray onto the table across from me and plopped her book bag down beside it. “You having a really bad day?”
“Um, no I don’t think so, why?” I asked.
“Usually, if you’re having a bad day, you pick up Jane Austen and read a little something before you start to study. Since instead of sitting here doing your homework, you’re sitting here reading Jane Austen, I take it you had an exceptionally bad day today.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jeanette Watts had been writing historic fiction when the inspiration for Jane Austen Lied to Me hit her on the drive home from the Jane Austen Festival. The idea was simply irresistible, and she put aside other writing projects in order to focus on writing a satire, thinking it would be a "mental vacation." It turned out to take every bit as much research to write a modern story as it does to write a historical one.
She has written television commercials, marketing newspapers, stage melodramas, four screenplays, three novels, and a textbook on waltzing. When she isn’t writing, she teaches social ballroom dances, refinishes various parts of her house, and sews historical costumes and dance costumes for her Cancan troupe.
Interview with Jeanette Watts
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?Oh, my characters always hijack the story! Which is the way it should be.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
It’s a must read for Jane Austen lovers! I’ve taken all her books, all the heroes, and looked at them through a modern lens. All of us romantics love the relationships in Jane’s books, but let’s face it, we don’t live in a world where women are expected to “make a good match.” Heck, most of my girlfriends in their 20’s and 30’s aren’t even interested in getting married at all...
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Oh, of course! There’s always that book that requires another revision or two. I’ve got historic fiction that is published, and historic fiction that just isn’t “ripe” yet. They will get published, eventually… but not today.
Pen or type writer or computer?
My first book was totally written with a pen! It started in a spiral notebook, which expanded to two and three, and then I had to start typing it up. I would sit with a pad of paper by my sewing machine. I would write until I ran out of words, and while I was thinking about what I was going to say next, I’d sew. Then when I’d thought through my next part, I’d stop sewing and write again. It took me a long time to get used to writing at the computer. Somewhere along the line I adjusted. Now I like to write in a pretty place with my laptop. Hotel lobbies, cabin in the forest or by a lake, on the beach looking at the ocean.
Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
You mean, besides, “Hi, buy my book!?” Always remember to flirt with the clerks at the cash registers in grocery stores. He or she is having a bad day, trust me on this. Three customers before you was a jerk who ruined his/her day. Say something nice, try to coax a smile.
Jeanette Watts will be awarding a doll dressed in Regency clothing, handcrafted by the author (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.