Laurie Brown - Author of What Would Jane Austen Do?
My name is Laurie Brown and I am a Nightowl.
I can’t count the number of times my husband has stood at the top of the stairs and recited the time. “Are you aware it’s 2:30 in the morning and you have to get up for work in a few short hours?” He doesn’t yell but his very deep voice echoes down the stairwell like the Voice of Doom. Of course, I act as if I’m shocked at the swift passage of time, (sometimes I truly am) and I promise to be up in a few minutes. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
The problem is that I really prefer to read and write late at night. No interruptions. No phone calls. (Except my sister who knows I’ll still be up whenever she calls.) No one still awake to share my bag of popcorn. Just a comfy chair or my computer and a wonderful story to carry me off to other lands and other times. Okay, the real problem is that I have to get up for work. But I also love shopping and traveling and eating out, so I adjust. As best I can. Still some nights…
My new book What Would Jane Austen Do? is just out. I had so much fun sending a modern heroine back in time to 1814 to meet the real Jane Austen. Eleanor also attends a ball, prevents a duel, helps solve a mystery for two ghosts, and meets the sexy Regency rake, Lord Shermont.
The idea for the book was born (spawned?) from a discussion with some fellow writers on time travel. The question to the table was, if time travel were available, would you go? And what time period/place would you choose? My immediate answer was yes, Regency, and England. As I was writing this book I tried to imagine want a modern day woman would really experience in 1814.
In the course of Eleanor’s adventures, she realizes just how much she misses from her own time. Like plumbing. She remembers “her tiny little bathroom with the ugly Pepto Bismol pink tiles and the showerhead that whined and sputtered? She sighed at the heavenly memory.” And she misses music on demand and her cell phone. When Eleanor gets a toothache she even remembers modern dentistry fondly. (I got that idea while I waited for my dentist’s office to call back and set up an emergency appointment.)
While thinking of all the things Eleanor misses, I had to re-evaluate my own desire to travel back to the Regency. Could I really survive for long with no electricity? No microwave? Diet Coke? Could I even wake up without my morning shower and latte? I finally came to the conclusion that I’d like to go only if I could come back after a set amount of time, sort of like the camping trip I went on once. I put up with the inconveniences (read bugs, dirt, and outdoor facilities) for the sake of the great scenery and excellent camaraderie. The Regency would go on my list of ‘great places to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.’
Worst of all without electricity how could I stay up all night reading?
Would you go back in time if it were available? For a vacation? Where/when would you want to go?
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