It’s an honour to be part of the blog tour for Maria Emilia de Medeiros’ debut book, Jane Austen Speaks. You can read my review here.
In JANE AUSTEN SPEAKS, author Maria Emilia de Medeiros “channels” the great Jane Austen from her heavenly home and allows her the opportunity to speak her mind about the modern world nearly two centuries after her passing. Readers will gain a healthy dose of wise counsel and witty advice for leading a sensible, well-mannered twenty-first century life. Jane Austen’s heavenly exploits (not to mention her recipes) will both entertain and delight you. At times serious, drily humorous, or even a bit naughty, JANE AUSTEN SPEAKS is a necessary addition to every Janeite’s library. Dear Readers, if you have ever asked yourself, “What would Jane Austen think?” you have indeed come to the right place.
Thank you so much for welcoming me to Obsessed with Mr. Darcy today, Mira! I am ever so grateful for your kindness. I am delighted to be here today to tell all of your readers a little bit about how my recently published book entitled Jane Austen Speaks About Life, the Modern World, & Heavenly Pursuits came about.
As a lifelong Janeite, I would often play a game of sorts with my Janeite friends, which we would call “What would Jane think?” We would have a great deal of fun in imagining what Miss Austen, having lived nearly two centuries ago, would have thought about all manner of things in our modern day era. Of course, this would be followed with another lively go-round of “What would Jane DO in such and such a situation?” (Ah, we Janeites find some excessively diverting ways in which to entertain ourselves, do we not?)
I believe that every admirer of Jane Austen and her work appreciates not only her wisdom and well-grounded moral values, but also her considerable wit. As the daughter of a fine Anglican clergyman, Jane Austen definitely had a firm grasp upon what was right and good. Merely because she possessed strength and uprightness of character did not mean that she was dull, however. Any reader of her novels and letters will have gathered that she was a fun-loving spirit who must have been a great deal of fun to be around due to her often dry sense of humor and quick wit.
One day the idea struck me to attempt to put some of what might have been Miss Austen’s thoughts together, based upon my knowledge of her life, her writings, and what I have learned about social history and moral values prevalent during the Georgian and Regency periods among families of moderate circumstances such as the Austen family. Of course, no one can ever know what she truly would have to say about this day and age, but I certainly had fun trying to figure it out! Nearly every religion’s philosophy includes the concept of some sort of afterlife. As an Anglican, Jane Austen would have been taught that good souls go to heaven for eternity and have the ability to “look down” on the world below. This is the perspective from which I have written Jane Austen Speaks.
The first essays were part of an internet blog I published for a couple of years entitled In the Spirit of Jane and which I promoted on Facebook on my Jane Austen page by the same name. After a while, several readers and even more friends suggested to me that a blog was really not the appropriate venue for this creative writing venture, and that I should turn the blog into a book. This is how the idea for the book was born. Thus began the process of weeding out many essays, expanding some, and writing a vast number of new ones that never appeared on the blog at all. In time, the fruits of these labors became what is now Jane Austen Speaks.
It is definitely a unique book, Dear Readers. It is not a romance novel. It is a curious blend of fiction and non-fiction, as Miss Austen “comments” on her life, work, the modern world, and her social activities in heaven. As I said, it is written from her perspective and in her “own” voice. Although parts of Jane Austen Speaks are indeed serious in tone, I do hope that readers will detect Miss Austen’s spirit of fun, whimsy, and considerable wit and humor within its pages.
It is my fondest hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please enter your comments below in order to be entered for a chance to win a copy of the eBook! I do look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks once again, Mira, for allowing me the privilege of being your guest today on Obsessed with Mr. Darcy! It has been such a delight for me to visit and share with you the origins of Jane Austen Speaks About Life, the Modern World, & Heavenly Pursuits!
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My Jane Austen Book Club: July 6
Laughing with Lizzie: July 8
Obsessed with Mr. Darcy: July 12
So Little Time…: July 14
More Agreeably Engaged: July 19
Babblings of a Bookworm: July 25
Darcyholic Diversions: July 28
Maria Emilia de Medeiros is a teacher, writer, artist, and lifelong Janeite. She read her first Jane Austen novel at the tender age of twelve and has never looked back. In addition to reading, playing the pianoforte, and embroidery, she is fond of dogs, long country walks, and drawing. Jane Austen Speaks is her first published book about Jane Austen.
You can contact her at Barton Cottage Press: bartoncottagepress.blogspot.com