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May 19 2013

Get to know Abigail Reynolds

Join me this morning in getting to know fellow Austen Author, Abigail Renyolds.

 

Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it and what keeps you doing it? 

*  I started writing out of desperation in 2001 when I ran out of JAFF to read, which wasn’t that hard to do in 2001.

I didn’t intend to keep going after that one story, but the feedback was so positive I kept going.  As for what keeps me doing it, there are lots of reasons, the primary one being that it’s addictive.  I also love the interaction with readers.  There are days, though, when I really want to throw in the towel!

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them? 

*                  My very earliest efforts were when I was 13 years old, and while I still have them, nobody but me will ever read them!  Actually, when I looked back at them recently, I discovered they aren’t as bad as I thought.

What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in? 

*   I write Regency JAFF because that’s what I liked best when I started reading it.  My modern novels were more inspired by the setting on Cape Cod, which is a place I love dearly.

What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?  

*The best is when the words are flowing and the characters start heading off in unexpected directions.  It’s like something new has come to life.  The worst?  Finding the motivation to keep my butt in the chair writing.  Ignoring bad reviews is a close second.  😉

If you write in multiple genres how do you make the switch from one to the other? Do you find it a welcome change, crazy-making or a little of both? 

*        It’s a welcome change when I switch from Regency to modern and back.  There’s much less research and guesswork with writing a modern, but the language is, oddly enough, much more difficult for me.  Modern writing needs to be very tight and concise, while Regency language is very forgiving of excessive verbiage.

Historical fiction takes a lot of research. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way? 

*  I’m not sure I can pick any one thing.  Learning about premarital sex in the Regency was a shocker.  Another big one was when I researched beverages of the time, and discovered that when all the ladies were throwing back those glasses of ratafia, they were getting a serious alcohol hit.  It made me rethink a lot about the role of women in Regency society.

What do you to keep all your research information and plot ideas organized and accessible?

*  Anything I can!  I keep a list of story ideas on my computer, and I often jot notes about the current story at the beginning or end of the story itself.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten? 

*  Write quickly, edit later.  Otherwise my internal editor slows the writing pace to a crawl and the story loses life.

Tell us a little about your current project.

*   I’m working on a Pride & Prejudice variation with a few characters from other Austen books appearing in supporting roles.  It’s set at a country house party a month after Hunsford.  Darcy is still angry with Elizabeth, and he finds out that Henry Crawford has a substantial bet on whether he’ll be able to seduce Elizabeth by the end of the party.

What’s up next for you?

*  Another book in my modern Woods Hole series, this one starring Cassie’s younger brother Ryan, and I have plots for several other Regency set Pride & Prejudice variations cooking in my head.  I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them all!

You can find Abigail on line:

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Twitter:  @abigailreynolds

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  1. reginajeffers

    Abigail’s books were my first experience in JA fiction. I remain a devoted fan.

    1. Abigail Reynolds

      Thanks, Regina! I hadn’t realized I’d dragged you into all this. 😉

  2. cassandragrafton

    Great interview, loved hearing more about your writing background, Abigail.

    You were ‘THE’ JAFF author who was my favourite of all when I was reading online for all those years. I came back to your stories time and again, and I am so happy that I now have actual paperbacks with them in! I loved Mr Darcy’s Refuge and I can’t wait for your new book to come out, it sounds really interesting, very different and as I love your writing style I know I’m in for a treat!

    1. Abigail Reynolds

      Thank you, Cassandra! I love your writing as well, and I’m so glad you’re publishing your books now.

  3. Shannon Winslow

    Nice interview, Abigail! It’s always interesting to find out how other authors found their way into JAFF. Like you, I started writing it because I couldn’t find what I wanted to read. Back then, though, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as “JAFF!”

  4. Shannon Winslow

    Nice interview, Abigail! It’s always interesting to learn how other authors found their way to JAFF. Like you, I started writing what I most wanted to read and could not find. Of course, back then, I didn’t know there was such a thing as JAFF!

    1. Abigail Reynolds

      Thanks, Shannon! There are lots of people out there who still don’t realize that JAFF exists. The question is how can we enlighten them?

      1. cassandragrafton

        Has there ever been an international JAFF conference or similar?

      2. Shannon Winslow

        Actually, I’m kind of glad I didn’t know about JAFF at the time. If I had, I might have just read it instead of writing. But, yes, now I want all the world to know what excellent stories we’re writing for their entertainment! 😀

  5. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I have an entire shelf dedicated to nothing by Abigail’s books. I have read and re-read everybook she has written. I love her books and look forward to many many more to come 🙂

    1. Abigail Reynolds

      Thank you, Jennifer! I’m so pleased to hear you re-read my books. That’s quite a compliment!

  6. tgruy

    I love all the books you’ve written that I’ve been able to read. Such a talent!

    Thank you for sharing it with us!

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