It is my honor and distinct pleasure to welcome Syrie James, author of so many of my favorite Jane Austen Inspired reads, to Austenesque Reviews today! If you have not already heard, Syrie has a newly released novel about Jane Austen as a teenager, titled Jane Austen’s First Love.
Syrie, I am a big admirer of your work and I am very excited to have this opportunity to interview you!
Thank you so much for having me here today, Meredith. I love your blog, and I have so appreciated all the wonderful reviews you’ve written of my novels over the years!
Syrie, in my humble opinion, you are the “Queen of Jane Austen Biographical Fiction” – The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, and now Jane Austen’s First Love! All magnificent creations where you blend fact and fiction and share some “unknown” secrets about Jane Austen’s life. What inspires you to continue to write about Jane Austen? Why write tales about Jane Austen and not her characters?
I have loved Jane Austen for many years, and consider her novels some of the finest in all of British literature. It is a tribute to Austen’s genius that so many people across the globe are fans of her work, and that her clever plots and brilliant characters are so memorable and evocative that they want those stories to continue. Although it’s great fun to see the different interpretations of what happens next to favorite Austen heroines and heroes such as Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, I haven’t felt compelled yet (unless you count my short story in Jane Austen Made Me Do It) to write about her characters. I’ve been more interested in the authoress herself. Continue reading »