Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter in 1813 England, has long wished to escape a life in which career choices are limited to wife or maiden aunt. But awakening one morning in twenty-first-century Los Angeles - in the body of someone called Courtney Stone - is not exactly what she had in mind. Jane must quickly get to grips with a world in which everyone thinks she is Courtney Stone: a dizzying world of horseless metal carriages, unrestricted clothing, tiny apartments, all manner of flirting,and unheard-of liberties for womankind. The only thing Jane appears to have in common with Courtney is a love for the novels of Jane Austen. But are the wise words of her favourite novelist enough to guide her through this bewildering new world? And what is she to make of Courtney's attentive friend Wes, who is as attractive and confusing as the man who broke her heart back home? As Courtney's romantic entanglements become her own, Jane wonders: Would she actually be better off back in Regency England - and will she ever be able to return?
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In my first novel, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, I dropped 21st-century Los Angeleno Courtney Stone into the social confines of Jane Austen's England, where she awoke as nineteenth-century gentleman's daughter Jane Mansfield (no relation to the 1950's screen siren).
Although I considered including in that book the parallel story of that very same gentleman's daughter taking over Courtney's life in the 21st century, it felt right to devote myself to Courtney's journey as Jane in the first book, and to Jane's journey as Courtney in a separate book.
The two books are parallel stories. One doesn't have to have read CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT in order to enjoy RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, and vice versa.
The process of writing RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was full of surprises for me. The biggest surprise was seeing my own world through the eyes of someone from a proto-industrial time, someone who never saw a computer, or a car, or a movie, or the Internet. What would she think of all these wondrous things that we take for granted in our daily lives? The opportunities for comedy were everywhere.
And what about our arcane set of rules and regulations about dating and relationships? How would a thirty-year-old virgin who had never done more than kiss a man and who still lived with her parents feel about finding herself in the body and life of a woman who had not only slept with the fiancé she then refused to marry, but also bedded who knows how many others? And how would inheriting that personal history affect her growing attachment to a young man of this strange future world? Especially when that young man had supposedly betrayed the lady in whose life Jane has inexplicably landed?
I had no idea, but I had a blast watching the story unfold.
Laurie Viera Rigler's first novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, is the parallel story to Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. Laurie is also the creator of Sex and the Austen Girl, the Babelgum comedy web series inspired by Laurie's Austen Addict novels. A longtime resident of the very same Echo Park/Silverlake neighborhood in Los Angeles in which Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is set, Laurie now lives in nearby Pasadena, California, with her filmmaker husband and their cat. Her online home is at janeaustenaddict.com.
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