Getting Ready For Modern Persuasion

Modern Persuasion Update: Release Date Changes

I am finally back from Atlanta.  I have a lot to share, but that is going to have to wait a bit.  I didn’t post on Monday because the conference was so full of activity.  One thing that happened was that Royal James has opted to push back Modern Persuasion’s release date. There are goodRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Walter

Months ago I wrote a character profile for Emma’s deceased mother.  I waited to share her father, Walter.  Here are five things you won’t know about Walter from reading Modern Persuasion. His favorite movie: Dial M For Murder.  In fact, Hitchcock is his favorite director. He is obsessed with art.  So much so that heRead more

Book tour cities

Modern Persuasion: A Book Tour?

There are just over 2 months left before Modern Persuasion comes out.  I am getting really excited, but it’s time for me to think about how I am going to connect with readers. A number of people have asked me about hosting a launch party.  They have asked me about visiting book clubs.  They haveRead more

Meet Seth

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Seth

We are getting closer to the release date of Modern Persuasion.  This means there are just a handful of characters left for you to meet. Seth is another secret favorite of mine.  He, like a few other characters, is two original characters combined into one: Captains Benwick and Harville.  They are friends of Captain WentworthRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long

We are about 3 months away from the publication of Modern Persuasion.  I am getting really excited and the more I talk to people about it, the more I am told “Oh, I should read (or re-read) Persuasion!” YES!  You should read or re-read Persuasion.  I think it is Austen at her most romantic. IRead more

Creating a Personal Archive

Creating a Personal Archive: Yikes! I Didn’t Think Ahead…

I made a stupid decision when I finished editing Modern Persuasion.  I threw away the edited copies.  See, I printed draft copies of the book, gave them to a few readers, and then a couple of them gave them back to me with comments.  That was a brilliant idea.  It allowed me to go throughRead more

Meet Dave

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Dave

There are some characters you love.  There are some characters you want to spend all your time thinking about.  There are some characters you don’t get to write about, but you fall in love with and wish you could give them more time in the story.  Then there are characters who actively dislike… Dave is,Read more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Elizabeth

I am not sure we all have an Elizabeth in our lives.  I am pretty sure we might not want one.  In the original Persuasion, Elizabeth is just a snob.  She is a snob because she is beautiful and a snob because she has a high position in society.  I had to do a lotRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Tommy

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Tommy

Tommy isn’t a major character in the story, but he is Mary’s husband and Louisa’s brother.  In the original story, it was Tommy who re-introduced Captain Fredrick Wentworth into the story.  Also, his name is Charles in the original, but I didn’t want to use that name. Here are five things you won’t know aboutRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Mary

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Mary

I think the one character in the original Persuasion that was treated harshest was Mary, the only married Elliot sister and the youngest.  I think readers get a few unsympathetic and one dimensional look at Mary.  I hope I have treated her with more fairness than Austen did both in the book and with thisRead more