For as long as I can remember I have always loved music. While my parents were not formally trained musicians, it was a rare day that you didn’t hear one of them break out in song. As you might suspect, I just had to join in. My mom had old sheet music which I learned to play on the piano while she and I sang. Then my whole family would often sing songs together while riding in the car instead of listening to the radio. Even at night my dad would read to me and sing an old song before I went to sleep. His favorite happened to be “Old Buttermilk Skies” by Hoagie Carmichael.
Growing up in Janesville, Wisconsin, my love of music followed me everywhere. In addition to voice, my mom allowed me to study violin and piano. When I attended college at Northwestern University I majored in Vocal Performance. Currently, I live in Crown Point, Indiana where I still continue to sing and have a delightful studio of young people where I teach Voice, Violin, and Piano.
So, how did I ever get into JAFF? (Jane Austen Fanfiction) Well, in addition to music, my parents loved old movies. My first exposure to Jane Austen occurred when my mom took me to see Pride and Prejudice, staring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. If any of you have seen that version, you will note that it was not set in Regency and basically did little more than hit the high points of the story. Still, I loved it. As time went on, I happened to find a used anthology of all of Austen’s works and then later got hooked on the BBC adaptations.
In the summer of 2011 while visiting a Barnes and Noble Bookstore, I happened to notice of table of JAFF books. Since I had never been big in social media, I didn’t even realize such things existed. Wow, did I blow my budget that day! Curiously, one of the first books I read was written by Mary Lydon Simonsen. In the back of the book I found an email address and decided to send her a message so that I could tell her how much I enjoyed her story. She kindly directed me to the JAFF community on Facebook, and from there I found DarcyandLizzy.com where I am now an avid reader and Forum Moderator.
After reading countless tales, I decided to try my hand at writing. If you look on the forum, you will find many of my short stories in the archives under the authorship of Jen Red. Currently I am working on a longer tale, Darcy’s Melody, which I plan post on the forum before publishing.