This blog features one of my favorite JAFF authors, Rose Fairbanks (Aureader). Rose has been kind enough to post her amazing stories at DarcyandLizzy for the reading pleasure of our members since she first began writing (if memory serves me) and they always prove fan favorites. I have no idea how she finds time to write with two small children and a husband whose job keeps him very busy and often away from home. Throw in the fact that his job means they move more often than most of us could ever imagine and I get tired just thinking about it! Therefore, I will just stop talking and say welcome to the blog Rose! Brenda
What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse?
I’m currently working on Extraordinary Devotion, the third book in the When Love Blooms series. I’m loving Richard and Belinda’s romance! I’m also working on rewriting my Witches of Austen series and making it better than ever! I feel like my muse is always on. That actually makes it difficult to *finish* a story, and what helps me the most there is a good outline and discipline. Writing time is sacred.
What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?
I dabbled in fiction writing in college but never completed anything beyond short stories. I think my first thought that I could write JAFF came after reading a book that had what looked like a very hopeless conflict between Darcy and Elizabeth. It was a very long book and I stayed up until 4 am trying to get past the conflict. I finally put the book down and determined that if the writer didn’t give me a happily ever after I’d just imagine one for myself. I don’t write or read any other fandoms. I think one obsession is enough for me!
What first drew you to JAFF and how long have you been reading it? Do you prefer Regency or Modern? Do you have any hobbies besides JAFF?
I actually first heard of JAFF in a college course. My favorite British Literature professor suggest I try some of the sequels on the market since I couldn’t get enough of Jane Austen and wrote all my papers about her. I turned my nose up at them. Such a snob I was! A few years later, I watched the North and South miniseries on Netflix and while looking for the book on Amazon, saw a few JAFF ones recommended. I gave them a chance and became addicted.
I definitely prefer Regency stories over Modern but I have read many enjoyable moderns. My theory is that I prefer variations over retellings and I think variations work better in Regencies.
I don’t have a lot of free time outside of writing and taking care of my family. I enjoy playing with makeup and playing piano in my limited free time. Like Elizabeth Bennet, I do not dedicate as much time to practicing as I should, but perhaps I’ve spent the time to better use?
What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing?
My outline, inspiration music, and the internet at large- although I have to be careful to not fall down too many research rabbit holes!
Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your character or scenes?
My husband inspires my Mr. Darcys. I think I’m a lot like Elizabeth Bennet. Other than that, there’s no one person that inspires my interpretation of other characters. I like to people watch though so I’ll gather facial expressions and postures from unsuspecting strangers.
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