I recently read Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence, a non-fiction account of Jane
Stories like Phila’s remind us that only by rising to the challenges of life, instead of avoiding them, can we hope to achieve success. This is an excellent lesson for writers since the writing and publishing process is full of challenges. Jane herself must have learned this lesson from both her own career and the lives of her remarkable female relatives, and I’m glad she did. Where would we be if she had given up? Can you imagine a world without Mr. Darcy? I can’t.
Persevering in the face of adversity is one of the central themes in my new Regency
So, when the going gets tough and you think of giving up, think of Jane and Cathleen. Rise to the challenge, you never know what might happen.