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author guest post: Syrie James on Writing and Travels

Syrie James, author of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, discusses how her extensive travels have influenced her writing. My family and I lived in France for two years when I was a child, and by the time I was eight years old, I had visited 26 countries. It was an amazing education that I’ll never forget. I think that living abroad, seeing so many famous places, and experiencing so many different cultures at a young age, has shaped the way I view the world. It has given me a better understanding of all the varied peoples, customs, foods, and life styles on the planet, and deepened my appreciation for what it means to be an American. It also instilled in me a great love…

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review: Jane Austen’s First Love

Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James At the age of fifteen, Jane Austen spends a summer holiday with her elder brother at his fiancé’s home in Kent. Five families come together to celebrate the upcoming nuptials and along the way many, including Jane, discover much about love and relationships. There she meets a young man who both exasperates and thrills her, leading her to learn life lessons that greatly encourage and influence her writing. Edward Taylor is, as the author has considerately detailed in her notes, a real person in Jane Austen’s life, for she mentions him in correspondence to her sister, Cassandra. Facts cleverly meshed with a pleasant series of youthful summer pursuits set the background for this fanciful tale, complete with a…

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interview: Syrie James on Jane Austen’s First Love

JANE AUSTEN’S FIRST LOVE by Syrie James is available for purchase today, August 5, 2014! My review has been posted on GoodReads and will be featured on Historical-Fiction.com tomorrow. Author Syrie James has kindly answered some questions about her latest novel below. Your Jane derives her fiction from the world around her. Do you feel that the author actually borrowed heavily from her life experiences? In Jane Austen’s First Love, Jane does attempt a bit of Emma-like matchmaking, and towards the end of the book, she is inspired to write a short story loosely based on a pair of competitive and contentious sisters she meets. However, I don’t mean to imply that Austen derived all her fiction from the world around her. The novel itself…

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