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3 responses to “+Author Interview+ A conversation about Jane Austen and his vision for “A Jane Austen Daydream” by Scott D. Southard

  1. Thanks, Jorie :) And as much as I’d love to “breeze” through a read by Shakespeare, Austen and the like, I simply don’t have the time to spend on it. I could do it if I wanted to double my reading time in that way. I can barely get through the books I have and am coming to terms with all the books I will never have time to read. There are simply too many demands in life to allow for it. That’s fine. I just want to enjoy whatever I DO read and will no longer give books a chance if they don’t grab me right off. I only push if the book is by someone I actually know, and it’s only “pushing” if I’m not enjoying it. I recently read a book by an author I know and I LOVE the book! Don’t know if I mentioned it to you (I’m mentioning it quite often since I read it), but it’s WHEELS OF CHANGE by Darlene Beck Jacobson. Just love it :) It’s a middle-grade read, btw.

  2. This sounds like a WONDERFUL take on Jane Austen, and certainly something that would honor her. I tried to read her books, but the vocabulary had me in the dictionary too often (I have trouble recalling definitions, plus used then is different than now), so it took away from the pleasure of reading. Her language is SO beautiful though. I wish I could read her!

    • Hallo Ms Donna!

      I have felt bad that you have struggled to read Jane Austen due to the language of the vocabulary inside her novels; I remember most of my classmates struggled whilst reading William Shakespeare as well; even though for me personally, the words lifted off the page which such startling clarity that I was even surprised by the way I could answer the Discussion Questions our English teacher was asking of us! I fully understand how difficult reading can become when there is a language and/or learning difficulty that prevents the joy — as you know, I had my own hard road to overcome in reading & therefore, I appreciate your willingness to be as open about your issue with Jane Austen’s written voice as much as I decided to be vocal about being a dyslexic writer! :)

      I am hoping to have the chance to either read or listen to the audiobook of this novel at some point in the near future and then, I can better help you know if the words were more Contemporary or a throw back to Austen’s era.

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