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I have just begun the book, so my question is more along the lines of Ms. James' inspiration to write the story. Here it goes...

What first off gave you the idea to write Jane Austen's "memoirs"? What prompted the storyline?

Secondly, were you ever the least bit nervous over the reactions you'd get by Austen's devout fans?

Finally what have some reactions over your novel been? Mostly positive?

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I realized after I posted that I meant to ask one question and ended up asking several, hence my lack of pluralization (haha is that even a word?) in my opening! =)

Oh well!

Cristina
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Hi Syrie,

I just started reading your novel. I find anything pertaining to Jane Austen fascinating. She was an incredibly intelligent, witty and insightful person. Like you, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel. What do you think is so special about her writing that it has continued to have such an impact on readers and writers? Why has she remained so relevent when other talented authors no longer have their work read?

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Hi! I’d read and loved all of Jane Austen’s novels, and couldn’t accept the historians’ theory that this wonderful, romantic writer never fell in love herself. Since Jane Austen was a very private person—all her books were published anonymously during her lifetime—I realized it was entirely possible that she had a love affair no one knew about. I decided to give her that love affair, with the man who was her soul mate; to write the book that I wanted to read.

I read dozens of Jane Austen biographies. I studied her letters in minute detail, reread all her novels, her juvenilia, and all her unfinished works. I researched her era extensively and watched all her movies. I took a self-guided "Jane Austen Tour of England". I even took English Regency Country Dance lessons! After all the research, when I finally started writing, her voice seemed to come naturally to me.

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ReadingFix wrote:
I have just begun the book, so my question is more along the lines of Ms. James' inspiration to write the story. Here it goes...

What first off gave you the idea to write Jane Austen's "memoirs"? What prompted the storyline?

Secondly, were you ever the least bit nervous over the reactions you'd get by Austen's devout fans?

Finally what have some reactions over your novel been? Mostly positive?

Thanks,
Cristina




The reviews of my novel have been so gratifying! Chech them out at: www.syriejames.com.

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Grace_Marie wrote:

Jessica wrote:
Do you have a question for Syrie? Reply to this message to start the conversation!


Hi Syrie,

I just started reading your novel. I find anything pertaining to Jane Austen fascinating. She was an incredibly intelligent, witty and insightful person. Like you, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel. What do you think is so special about her writing that it has continued to have such an impact on readers and writers? Why has she remained so relevent when other talented authors no longer have their work read?

Grace_Marie




Austen was witty and ironic, and a brilliant craftsman. She wrote about real people in recognizable circumstances, and she examined what people risk when they fall in love—a very relatable topic in any era. I think her recent surge in popularity also owes a lot to the movies. Something magical happens when you put Jane Austen’s stories on the screen!

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Will you be doing a book tour? If so, when/were will it be listed? Or have you already done one and I've missed it?

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Hi Kim,

I haven't done a book tour and don't have any scheduled. At the moment I'm working very hard on my next book, and at the same time hoping to connect with readers via the internet, on my website and in formats like this one! If you would like a book signing in your area some day, please contact my publisher (Harper Collins) and let them know!



CanTri wrote:
Will you be doing a book tour? If so, when/were will it be listed? Or have you already done one and I've missed it?

Kim



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Just had a question about your name. My name is Syrie also. I was told it is Swedish. Do you know how you received your name?
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Hi Syrie!
It's a thrill to meet another person with my name! I have always felt a little "different", having a name that no one has ever heard before, and that few know how to spell. My mother insists that she made it up, inspired by a character from a radio show that she heard when she was a little girl. I've grown to love my name, especially because my husband and my family love it so much. What's the origin of your name? What experiences did you have growing up as a "Syrie"?

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SyrieJames wrote:
Hi Syrie!
It's a thrill to meet another person with my name! I have always felt a little "different", having a name that no one has ever heard before, and that few know how to spell. My mother insists that she made it up, inspired by a character from a radio show that she heard when she was a little girl. I've grown to love my name, especially because my husband and my family love it so much. What's the origin of your name? What experiences did you have growing up as a "Syrie"?




Is this pronounced Silree?
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My name is pronounced Seeree. (Rhymes with dearie.)

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Syrie,

I have just finished your book, with the requisite lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, much to your credit. The highest compliment I can give you is that, if the roles were reversed (you and Jane Austen), I believe there would be very little difference in outcome. You have upheld the Austen banner admirably.
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SyrieJames wrote:
My name is pronounced Seeree. (Rhymes with dearie.)




Thanks for answering that, it is a lovely name.
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Thank you! That's an amazing compliment!

:smileyhappy:



ELee wrote:
Syrie,

I have just finished your book, with the requisite lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, much to your credit. The highest compliment I can give you is that, if the roles were reversed (you and Jane Austen), I believe there would be very little difference in outcome. You have upheld the Austen banner admirably.



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SyrieJames wrote:
Hi Kim,

I haven't done a book tour and don't have any scheduled. At the moment I'm working very hard on my next book, and at the same time hoping to connect with readers via the internet, on my website and in formats like this one! If you would like a book signing in your area some day, please contact my publisher (Harper Collins) and let them know!





Could you talk a bit about your next book? You've mentioned it here and I noticed that it is also hinted at in Q&A at the end of this book. Very curious now :smileyhappy:
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You asked what I'm currently working on. I'm busy researching and writing my next book for Avon, about Charlotte Brontë (another one of my favorite writers), which reveals the truth behind her turbulent relationship with Mr. Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Unlike The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, where I had to invent a love interest for Jane, Charlotte really did have a romance—and it was long and stormy. It's been such fun to fill in the many gaps of that story! And it's been fascinating researching the lives of the Brontës, and reading or rereading all of their novels. Charlotte's sisters and brother were also brilliant writers, and they lived almost their entire lives in a tiny, remote village in the north Yorkshire moors. They all kept secrets, which are revealed throughout the story.

You can expect to learn a bit about the inspiration for Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Villette, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Anne's Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. My goal is for us to come to understand Charlotte's passions, witness her evolution as a writer, and, of course, to love the man who loves her, and be very invested in the fate of her romance.



CanTri wrote:

SyrieJames wrote:
Hi Kim,

I haven't done a book tour and don't have any scheduled. At the moment I'm working very hard on my next book, and at the same time hoping to connect with readers via the internet, on my website and in formats like this one! If you would like a book signing in your area some day, please contact my publisher (Harper Collins) and let them know!





Could you talk a bit about your next book? You've mentioned it here and I noticed that it is also hinted at in Q&A at the end of this book. Very curious now :smileyhappy:




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SyrieJames wrote:
You asked what I'm currently working on. I'm busy researching and writing my next book for Avon, about Charlotte Brontë (another one of my favorite writers), which reveals the truth behind her turbulent relationship with Mr. Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Unlike The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, where I had to invent a love interest for Jane, Charlotte really did have a romance—and it was long and stormy. It's been such fun to fill in the many gaps of that story! And it's been fascinating researching the lives of the Brontës, and reading or rereading all of their novels. Charlotte's sisters and brother were also brilliant writers, and they lived almost their entire lives in a tiny, remote village in the north Yorkshire moors. They all kept secrets, which are revealed throughout the story.

You can expect to learn a bit about the inspiration for Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Villette, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Anne's Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. My goal is for us to come to understand Charlotte's passions, witness her evolution as a writer, and, of course, to love the man who loves her, and be very invested in the fate of her romance.



CanTri wrote:

SyrieJames wrote:
Hi Kim,

I haven't done a book tour and don't have any scheduled. At the moment I'm working very hard on my next book, and at the same time hoping to connect with readers via the internet, on my website and in formats like this one! If you would like a book signing in your area some day, please contact my publisher (Harper Collins) and let them know!





Could you talk a bit about your next book? You've mentioned it here and I noticed that it is also hinted at in Q&A at the end of this book. Very curious now :smileyhappy:






That sounds great! I hope we have the chance to read your new book and discuss it together here in the future.
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Your upcoming novel sounds great Syrie. I've always loved books that add fiction to reality. Years ago I became addicted to Jean Plaidy's books because of this. I look forwarding to reading your story about Charlotte Bronte!




SyrieJames wrote:
You asked what I'm currently working on. I'm busy researching and writing my next book for Avon, about Charlotte Brontë (another one of my favorite writers), which reveals the truth behind her turbulent relationship with Mr. Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Unlike The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, where I had to invent a love interest for Jane, Charlotte really did have a romance—and it was long and stormy. It's been such fun to fill in the many gaps of that story! And it's been fascinating researching the lives of the Brontës, and reading or rereading all of their novels. Charlotte's sisters and brother were also brilliant writers, and they lived almost their entire lives in a tiny, remote village in the north Yorkshire moors. They all kept secrets, which are revealed throughout the story.

You can expect to learn a bit about the inspiration for Charlotte's Jane Eyre and Villette, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Anne's Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. My goal is for us to come to understand Charlotte's passions, witness her evolution as a writer, and, of course, to love the man who loves her, and be very invested in the fate of her romance.


Liz ♥ ♥


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