|The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen|
by Syrie James; AVAILABLE NOW!
Syrie James, author of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, discusses her favorite authors to read and her favorite things to do when she’s not writing.
Who are some of your favorite authors to read? (Besides Jane Austen, of course!)
I enjoy the work of so many authors, if I gave you all my favorites, it would be a very long list! As you know, my favorite author is Jane Austen, whose novels I’ve read many, many times; every time I read them, I see and learn something new. Just a few of the other classic authors I love are Charlotte Brontë (I have devoured Jane Eyre about 187 times; it's one of my all-time favorite books), J.R.R. Tolkien (need I say more?), Agatha Christie (she is so clever and her books are such fun), Hergé (the Belgian author of The Adventures of Tintin comics, which I grew up on and read time and again both in French and in English), and L.M. Montgomery (I have loved all the Anne of Green Gables books since childhood). A few of the many contemporary authors I enjoy are Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series), Ken Follett (especially Pillars of the Earth), and Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind).
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?
I love spending time with my husband and family, and hanging out with our friends. We are fortunate that our sons and their wives (and adorable dog) live in the same neighborhood within walking distance of us, which allows us to spend quality time together on a regular basis.
Family and friends time generally involves my favorite activities, which include eating good food, going to the movies or the theater, playing cards and board games, hiking or taking walks, and/or relaxing over conversation in the hot tub. I also enjoy visiting museums, sewing, and (every now and then as a treat) shopping! And every night, I spend a good hour or two before I fall asleep doing my other favorite thing: reading.
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