I’m happy today to be interviewing Sarah Holman today, author of the first book in the Vintage Jane Austen Series, Emmeline (Emma), as well several other novels and short stories. Sarah also runs the blog Homeschooled Authors which helps to promote independent authors with a homeschool background. One of the originator of the project, she is passionate about writing, literature, and, of course, Emma.
How did you get involved in the Vintage Jane Austen Project?
I was talking with a friend about a fairytale short story collection. We liked the concept, but wanted something other than fairytales. She mentioned Jane Austen and that was all I needed. Kelsey Bryant, Hannah Scheele, and myself met up one day and brainstormed the idea. It was an awesome beginning to this very cool project.
How big of a Jane Austen fan are you?
I love Jane Austen, but I’m far from the biggest fan. I have only read three of her books (though I love the long movies) and there are a couple of her stories I don’t care for. However, She has a talent for crafting characters in all her books that blows me away at times.
Is there a reason you choose Emma to translate into the 1930s?
Firstly, this is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It has so many awesome elements in it, my favorite being Mr. Knightly and Emma’s relationship. They are best of friend that both encourage and scold each other. It is so lifelike and enjoyable.
I honestly felt like my job was easy. In the original story has some people who are struggling financially. The characters and struggles ended up flowing easily into the time period. About the hardest thing was finding replacements for the balls, as dances were not the same.
What kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?
I read quite a few books on and written during the 1930’s. My favorite resource were books by Grace Livingston Hill. She wrote during this time and captured the emotions, culture, and feel of the time that you can’t find in a textbook. She also gave me great insights into the Christians of the time as well.
Did you stick pretty closely to the source material, or did you find ways to deviate and/or add new scenes?
I added my own touches and twists to be sure, but I tried to stick close to the original story. After all, I wouldn’t want to mess up Jane Austen.
What did you find most challenging about this project?
It was my first time coordinating with others in my writing. Everyone involved has been amazing, but I have learned a lot and some aspects were challenging.
What other books do you have on the market?
Emmeline is one of ten books I have on the market. I have an book sent during the revolutionary war, two in an FBI series, four in a Medieval series, and a sci-fi trilogy. I also have several short stories.
A big thanks to Sarah for joining me today and for coming up with this project in the first place! If you would like to learn more about Sarah’s work, visit her website: www.thedestinyofone.com or check out the rest of the books in the Vintage Jane Austen series at vintagejaneausten.com.
Next week I will have author Kelsey Bryant with me to talk about transforming Sense and Sensibility.