Today I would like you to meet Sarah Holman.
Author of Emmeline (Emma): The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband. Emmeline sets her sights on one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, but nothing seems to go right. Even her friend and neighbor Fredrick Knight seems to question her at every turn.
What is your favorite Jane Austen book?
Well, I have to be honest here and say that I have only read three of her books. I love the wit and emotion of Pride and Prejudice, perhaps because I see myself in Lizzy so much. I too can be quick to make judgments about people and then have to swallow those ideas later. Besides, there are a few things in there that feel a lot like my life.
When did you first read Jane Austen’s books?
I think I was eighteen? Right after I watched the movie for the first time and then went out and got the book. The novel was terrific, though I must say that the film adaptation did a great job of bringing the story to life.
Have you always wanted to write?
Nope, I wanted to be a nurse for the longest time. I had written stories since I was eleven, but it wasn’t until I faced the reality that I was not going to physically cut it in nursing school that I felt called to devote myself to writing. I have been very blessed by the support of my family in this venture.
Who is your favorite author?
Well, that is always hard to answer. I guess since Christy by Catherine Marshall is my favorite book, I guess I would have to say Catherine Marshall is my favorite author. Although Grace Livingston Hill is a close second.
Who inspired you to write?
As I read a lot growing up, authors were naturally inspiring for me. Grace Livingston Hill was an early inspiration. She wrote over one-hundred books, and they were among some of my early favorites. However, my first venture into writing was inspired by my mother. I had an active (perhaps over-active) imagination, and I had a story idea.
“Why don’t you write it down?” My mom asked.
From that day when I was eleven onward, writing was a part of me.
Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones (Pride and Prejudice): Coming soon…A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… set in 1930s Arizona.
Second Impressions: Jane Austen’s stories have inspired writers for generations…in this collection they inspire fiction across the genres!
From the English Regency to the American 1950s, in Houston or a space freighter, fairytale land or a retirement center…Austen’s timeless characters come to life again.
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