Today’s featured writer is one of the sweetest people in JAFF and someone the members of DarcyandLizzy.Com love for letting them read her fascinating stories before she publishes them. She is right up there among the most prolific authors of JAFF, which is good news for her fans and for the members of our forum. I am certain that some of you have guessed her name already. Welcome to the blog, Zoe Burton! Brenda
What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Darcy’s Marriage Series. It’s called Caroline’s Censure. Like Lady Catherine Impedes, this book is taking longer than I had planned to finish. I’m thinking I should just add an extra month onto whatever amount of time I think a book will take, you know?
Reading other JAFF is mostly what inspires my muse. Well, that and chocolate.
What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?
I tried to write a romance when I was a teen, but was convinced it was trash and threw it away. My sister thought it was good, but I didn’t believe her.
After I found JAFF and read every story that remotely seemed interesting, some multiple times, I needed something to read and whined to a teacher friend. That friend encouraged me for weeks to write one of my own and finally I did. I’ve not looked back since.
I do not write for other fandoms. JAFF is it for me. I hope to one day write a non-JAFF Regency or two, or maybe some non-JAFF racing romance books. 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?
What drew me to JAFF was my desire for a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, which I did not discover until 2010. I searched Amazon and Barnes & Noble online to see if Jane Austen wrote one, and in the process found Sharon Lathan, Linda Berdoll, and others.
I prefer reading and writing Regency, but there are a few moderns I have enjoyed reading. I have written one modern…Darcy’s Race to Love, which has turned out not to be as popular as my Regencies. That was book 1 in a series; I hope to have book 2 out before Christmas.
JAFF is not actually my hobby anymore … it’s my career. I do have hobbies, though I don’t have a lot of time for most of them. I love to read (of course), crochet, embroider, and watch NASCAR racing.
What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing?
My favorite three resources are the Online Etymology Dictionary, my thesaurus, and Google. I tend to look things up as I go, which can slow me down at times. However, I’d rather be slower in the first draft than take forever to edit. I’m a “do it right the first time” kind of girl.
Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your character or scenes?
Oh, yes. My parents have inspired characters and scenes at different times. I have quoted my uncle in a recent book, and used my brother as inspiration. I’m not limited to family members, either. My pastor is a knife maker, and he inspired me to make Mr. Gardiner a gun maker in Darcy’s Wife Search. If you know me, especially in real life, you are highly likely to end up in one of my books.
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