Jan 062019
 

Hi friends!! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend! I am very excited to welcome back author Karen Cox to Austenesque Reviews today! Karen is gearing up to release an audiobook for her lovely Emma retelling –  I Could Write a Book. Which I read (and loved) last year! Karen is here today sharing a lovely interview between herself and her audiobook’s narrator – Emily Rahm! We hope you enjoy!! 

Hello gentle readers!

I’m so happy to be back here at Austenesque Reviews. Thanks for inviting me, Meredith!

I’m stopping by because I have some exciting news—an audiobook version of my 1970s Emma adaptation, titled I Could Write a Book, is available on the Amazon, Apple Books and Audible platforms!

I Could Write a Book tells the story of Emma Woodhouse—handsome, clever, and rich, as we all know, right? She’s the daughter of old money in Kentucky Bluegrass Horse Country, circa 1975. Emma considers herself a modern woman; she’s finishing her degree in psychology and taking care of her father’s health problems with grace and ease. She knows what’s right for everyone: her friend Tim Elton, who wants to be a politician; her beloved aunt, Nina Taylor; her brand new best friend, Mary Jo Smith; and even her oldest, bestest friend, George Knightley.

George, whose brother is married to Emma’s sister, has also been in and out of Emma’s life, even when they were kids. He went across the country to California for college, but he returned, attending law school in Kentucky and trying to fulfill his destiny—running the Knightley and Woodhouse law firm and managing the sprawling Donwell Horse Farms.

I loved writing the comedy of manners in the insular, mannerly community of Central Kentucky in the 70s. It’s the perfect story for an audiobook rendering, and that’s why I’m so thrilled to introduce you all today to Emily Rahm, I Could Write a Book ‘s narrator.

Emily and I sat down recently to discuss voice over work, how acting helps with story narrations, and why Emma ? It was so much fun to chat with her, so I wanted to share the conversation with all of you as well. Continue reading »

Jan 042019
 

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Happy 2019 sweet friends! I hope the year is treating you well so far! Or are you like me and still recovering/catching up from the holidays?

Mr. Bingley and had an eventful holiday season…aside from the usual holiday busyness and busier month at our jobs (for both of us!)…we also did a little bit of traveling and now have some of Mr. Bingley’s cousins staying at our home for a visit!

Our travels took us back to a place we love to visit…New York City!

And while in NYC we enjoyed some of our favorite places…in addition to some of our most favorite places to eat!

One of the places we love to visit frequently in NYC is Central Park…and this is the first time we’ve been ice skating there…(and the first time we’ve been ice skating in like 15 years)!! And good news…neither of us fell! 🙌🏼

And does anyone recognize the significance of this building? It is so disappointing that there isn’t a Central Perk near it though! ☕️ Continue reading »

Jul 232018
 

Hello readers! I’m very excited to welcome back one of my long-time favorite authors, Karen M. Cox, to Austenesque Reviews today! If you are unfamiliar with the captivating novels by Karen Cox, her specialty is Austenesque retellings that take place in different time periods, and she is phenomenal at finding inventive ways to tie her story into the unique setting she chooses!

Karen is here to celebrate the re-release of one of my favorite books! Originally published as At the Edge of the Sea, Son of a Preacher Man has received a new title and new cover! And I hope many more Austenesque readers will be picking it up soon (if they haven’t already) because it truly is a sensational and moving story!

Hi Karen! I’m so excited to have you visit my blog and to have this opportunity to finally interview you! I cannot believe in all eight years of book reviews, blog tours, and author visits we’ve never done an interview together! I’ve got to make this is a good one (the pressure’s on!)

Thanks for inviting me, Meredith!

For my first question, I would like to learn a little about your approach to writing. What kind of aspects of your story do you plan in advance? Do your muse or characters ever take you in directions you’d not expect?

I guess you could call my approach to writing a “hybrid” approach—I’m neither a strict plotter nor a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-er. Usually, I have an idea for setting, time period, characters. My natural inclination is to write character-driven stories, so any major plot points need some extra attention before I start. If the story is Austen-inspired, I puzzle out what things in my chosen setting fit well alongside the novel I’m working with. I also decide what character traits I want to bring forward; for example, when I wrote I Could Write a Book, I wanted to spotlight Emma’s love for her family and friends as motivation for her actions (even though she is sometimes misguided) and her sheltered life, based on the choices she made. Continue reading »