Getting personal with Zoe Burton and A Giveaway!

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.  

Did you learn something you didn’t know about Zoe? Do you have any questions you would like to ask her? How about doing so by leaving a comment which will also put your name in the drawing for a chance to win one of two Kindle eBooks of any of Zoe’s books. Should you have trouble commenting on the blog, you may leave a comment on our FB page for this specific blog post.

You have until our next post (we post the 15th and 30th) to comment and the winners will be announced on the forum and our facebook page. Please check these sites to see if you have won. Comments link is right beside “Discussions’ at the top of the page under the title. Good luck and we would appreciate you sharing this post on all the social sites!

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Lúthien84
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Thank you for showing us a glimpse of who you are, Zoe. I enjoyed this short interview and hope to get to know you better. I’m sorry to hear that your modern JAFF is not doing as well as the Regency ones. I hope you don’t be discouraged and please continue to write more Austenesque stories for us to enjoy.

Zoe Burton
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Thank you for your words of encouragement! I have one more modern in me, at least, but after that, I’m not sure. I should clarify that. I have lots of modern, racing-related JAFF in my head, but I’m not sure they will ever see the light of day. However, I also have a lot of Regency JAFF up in there, as well, and those will definitely be coming out! <3

gabbycat
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Hey, Zoe! I really enjoyed your interview, and I thank you for sharing your stories on this forum. I love your books and have a bunch on my Nook. I am still recommending a trip to Richmond for a great race.
Wishing the best to you at the cottage.

Peggy (aka gabbycat)

Zoe Burton
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Thanks, Peggy! I do have Richmond on my bucket list! <3

Maureen
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I have also enjoyed your books, and like your prefer Regency to modern but have read some modern ones. Thank you for taking the time to take part in the D&L Bog.

Zoe Burton
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You’re welcome! Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

Elissa Berg
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I have enjoyed reading your stories. I enjoyed getting to know you a little better. We are very blessed that you started writing and have continued. I really enjoyed Darcy’s Race to Love. Thank you for sharing all of your stories with us. Many blessings

Zoe Burton
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Thanks,Elissa! It makes me very happy to hear that people enjoy my books, especially Darcy’s Race! <3

Lis
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I have enjoyed all your books and enjoy re-reading them, but the one I’ve re-read the most is ‘I Promise To..’. Can’t wait until you finish Book 3 of the marriage series.

Zoe Burton
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That’s my favorite, too! <3 Book 3 is finally rolling right along, now that I have decided I can't get it out before the end of the month. I suppose the pressure has let up and words can flow now. So, hopefully, very soon it will be up for sale! <3

Mary Olson
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Zoe,

I’m with you about regency stories but will at times try to read a modern one. Something about that time draws me and it is hard to shake it. I found it interesting that you use members of your family in your stories and had to laugh about the minister who made knives – Yikes! I enjoyed reading about you – It makes an author very human.

Zoe Burton
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Hi Mary! There’s definitely something about the Regency that draws people. It’s one of my favorite time periods in history! My pastor is a nice guy, despite his unique career. LOL He has made at least one knife for a tv series, though I can’t recall the name of the series or the company. I don’t think it was Universal Studios, though it might have been. I think it was Warner Brothers? I don’t remember now. LOL He has it on his website … Burn Knives is the business name. He helped me with details for a stiletto in another… Read more »
Dianne
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What a lovely interview. I’ve enjoyed all the stories you’ve written Zoe and would find it difficult to name a favourite although generally speaking I do prefer regency, I did enjoy your latest NASCAR tale.
I’m curious as to how you became interested in that.

Zoe Burton
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I’m happy that you like my books! <3

I discovered NASCAR as a teen, in the late 70's. I was one of the millions watching on tv during a terrible snowstorm in February, when Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers ended the Daytona 500 with a fistfight. Between the flashy, fast cars, the sounds of the engines, and the fight, I was hooked! 😀

Kelly
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Love, love , love Zoe! I own just about every book. My first I think was “I Promise To…” I have been following the “Wife Search” books and can’t for Caroline’s story. Thank you for being a great JAFF author and one of my favorite go to writers.

Zoe Burton
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You’re welcome! I am in awe every time someone says that to me! <3

I'm dedicating the next three or four days to getting Caroline's story done, so I hope it will be out very soon! <3

Kris Lynch
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I was reluctant to try JAFF and began with a couple of sequels I stumbled across at the bookstore. Then I tried a Jane Fairfax title and I was hooked. I am a huge fan of secondary characters perhaps because in the original books not much is said about them so the reader is left to use their imagination. I’ve enjoyed reading some of your earlier titles. I hope to try the new ones someday when I can justify purchasing more titles. Medical bills and some job issues have made “extras” imprudent at present. Keep writing.☺

Zoe Burton
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I’m glad you did try! <3 Thanks for the encouragement! Best wishes in the drawing! 😀

Theresa Mattina
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I tend to like the regency JAFF more than the modern ones and I dont follow NASCAR so I have to admit that particular story line wasn’t for me. I do however, appreciate that it does bring other readers to JAFF!
I look forward to Lady Catherine Impedes !

Zoe Burton
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I think if I got you to a race and rented you a scanner, I could change your mind about NASCAR. Just ask Rose Fairbanks! LOL However, I understand that there are many folks who don’t like racing, or moderns either, and I’m ok with that. Confused, but ok. (just kidding with this last)

Best wishes in the drawing! <3

Arkansas Austen Fan
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I own almost all of Zoe’s book and love all of them The NASCAR story was a favorite for a while. In fact I think I read it 2 or 3 times. I think Lilacs and Lavender was my first book by Zoe. I too appreciated the dept of Mr. Gardiner’s character in Darcy’s Wife Search. Lady Catherine Impedes is on my “to read” list. Thanks Zoe for taking us on these wonderful adventures. Wishing you great success with all your books.

Zoe Burton
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Thank you! I’m impressed that you a) own so many and b) have read the racing book that many times! Gives me more motivation to finish Book 2 quickly! <3 Best wishes in the drawing!

KateB
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It’s so good to know that there are a couple of craftsmen left around. I thought all knives were Made in China. 😉

It was a great interview, Kathy. I’m looking forward to a story about Caroline. I love her antics.

Zoe Burton
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There apparently are a whole bunch of knife makers! LOL Pastor says there is a show in Atlanta every year. He makes custom knives. Lots of stillettos, but some even for movies and tv shows!

Caroline is who is keeping the writing slowed down. LOL She seems to be dragging her feet. 😉

Thanks for reading about me and commenting! <3

Linda A.
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I liked your NASCAR story because I am a low-angst kinda girl. I think most of us found JAFF by looking for sequels to P&P. For a while I refused to even read the “what-if” stories and only wanted sequels. Keep writing! and if you are looking for a final proofreader before publishing, let me know! 🙂

Zoe Burton
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I’m so happy you liked the racing story! I loved it, and had it gotten a better reception, I’d have done the sequel faster.

Thanks for the offer…I’ll let you know if I need help in the future. 🙂

Carmalee
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I loved your modern nascar themed story.. it was a lot of fun.. I will even watch a few car races once in a while.. big step for me but you got me there.I enjoy your stories so much and appreciate your sharing them with us.I wish you great success with your publishing.

Zoe Burton
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Yay! I love turning people on to NASCAR! Thanks so much for all your support!! <3

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Zoe, loved your interview! How fun that you found JAFF just about the same way I did. I could not believe my eyes when I found a whole table of JAFF at Barnes. Say, don’t be discourage about your modern series. JAFFers always want more Regency but that doesn’t meant there isn’t a market for modern. And your NASCAR take is unique. Best wishes with the next in your series and looking forward to more good things from you and the pups! Jen Red

Zoe Burton
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Thank you! I do hope that as I get more books out in the racing series that it will gain more acceptance. I appreciate your support and all you do here for us writers! <3

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