Today it’s a real honor to have a new JAFF author visit with us here at Just Jane 1813, during the first week of her new book’s publication on Amazon.com. As I’ve said before, finding talented new JAFF authors is quite a thrill for me and something I hope to continue to bring attention to on my blog.
Debra E. Marvin is the author of one of the charming novellas in a new JAFF book titled “Austen in Austin,” where she explores with her fellow writers, various storylines for four of Austen’s heroines. Setting their stories in Austin, Texas, in the late 1800’s, these novellas bring to life the true grit and heroism of Austen’s own characters, nestled within the state of Texas, while immersing their characters within some of the trials and tribulations of this era.
Thank you for being here with my readers today, Debra. I appreciate your time and support. Can you tell us about your work as an author and what made you decide to write stories inspired by Austen’s books?
Austen in Austin was a group effort that came about five years ago when my blog-mates and I discussed creating an anthology. We all have favorite eras and genres, but we settled on two choices: Austen-inspired historicals or western historicals. You can see what happened!
I love how this book is based on events that take place in Austin, Texas and are set in alternate eras from Austen’s own time. How did you arrive at the idea to combine Austen’s books with this setting?
Once we played with the idea of a western setting, Austin was ideal. Who could resist the title? We put a lot of effort into studying Austin’s history. My favorite genre is really mystery—British, in particular, with a good dose of Anne Perry thrown in. Northanger Abbey allowed me to play on Austen’s parody of gothic literature. Sadly for Austin, there was a serial killer creating havoc in the 1880s. While I would never consider using it humorously, it did work as a reference befitting of Catherine Morland and the Mysteries of Udolpho.
Jane Austen is tremendously popular 200 years after the publication of her work. Why do you think she is so popular today and what do you think, in regards to Austen, really resonates with modern audiences?
I really don’t know. I wrote a blog post myself, recently, on this idea. For me, it’s the juxtaposition of restraint and wickedly strong emotion. As for broadcast or theater productions, there’s just something about the clothing…okay, the male clothing in particular!
What can we expect from you in the future?
Next up is a 1930s nightclub singer stranded on Route 66. As you can see, I’m torn between writing more playful stories like Alarmingly Charming and my Christmas novella, Desert Duet (also a 1930s caper), versus something much darker and full of mystery. I have a few unpublished series in a box under my desk (asylums, body-snatchers)! But watch for Volume 2 of Austen in Austin later this year—four more Austen-inspired stories that take the Austen Abbey students and alumni to the turn of the new century.
Oh, I love that we can look out for a new volume of novellas this year! I also love how the characters are somewhat intertwined throughout your stories so that the novellas feel connected to each other. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Reviews are so important for a book’s success and to help the author grow. Readers purchase books but don’t feel confident about doing a review; please realize reviews can be as simple as mentioning what you like about a story. It’s not the New York Times! Blogger/Reviewers are key to a book’s word-of-mouth success, but you don’t have to be a practiced, professional writer to give a book a review. I personally don’t want to learn about the plotline. I just want to know what made it worth reading.
Are you planning to attend the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?”
I won’t be. I’m okay with blood, I’m just not into zombies.
How can the readers discover more about you and your work?
I’d love some more followers on my author Facebook page and on Twitter. Quick and fun works for me!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B018QCI2AS
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Debra-E-Marvin-433266640199533
Group Blog- Inkwell Inspirations: http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/
Thanks so much Claudine! I’m so happy to meet you and I hope to hear from your readers. Now, please readers, ask me some questions!