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I can’t believe it’s 2016!!!

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to Ask the Author!

This month I am really excited to welcome

Beau North



as our victim for January!

Beau is an exciting new face in JAFF, but has already earned rave reviews for her first novel

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She also has a short story included in the latest Meryton Press anthology,

Then Comes Winter


So, don’t be shy! Step up and ask Beau a question!

She’s also been so kind as to offer a signed paperback of Longbourn’s Songbird
for a giveaway!

And the giveaway is open internationally!

So, get your questions in!

Rules for the giveaway – 

If you ask a question on this post, you get 1 chance in the drawing.

If you comment on the final interview, you get 1 chance in the drawing.

If you leave a question and a comment, you get 2 chances in the drawing!

Please join in and ask a question or leave a comment. Authors love answering your questions and hearing from you! 

**Final date for questions is Thursday, 21 January, 2016**
(We’ve been getting more and more questions and the authors had little time to answer them, so I’m giving them an extra day.)

Interview posts Monday, 25 January
Last day for comments for the giveaway is Wednesday 27 January

Please leave those questions below!

13 thoughts on “January 2016 – Beau North

  1. So pleased to see you are continuing in 2016 with this absolutely, marvelous feature, Leslie. Yay!

    Okay, I’ve got my thinking cap on and I have a zillion things to ask Beau. However, I’ll restrain myself.

    1) Do you have any Regency stories up your sleeves just begging to be written?
    2) Which Jane Austen character would your closest friends say you are most like?
    3) Are you a bird lover?
    4) If Longbourn’s Songbird was a movie, who would you want to play your main characters?
    5) Do you sing to the radio when you are in the car?
    6) If you had a chance to ask Jane Austen one question, what would it be?
    7) Since you have published stories with both Darcy and Wentworth, which is your favorite Jane Austen hero? Or is it someone else?
    8) If Mrs. Bennet arranged a blind date for you with Mr. Collins, what would you do?

    BTW, great bangs. #JEALOUS


    1. I love doing Ask the Author, so unless I run out of people to interview, I plan on keeping it! I always need candidates for victims, however, so if you know someone for the future, then yell. LOL! I always go looking through everyone to see who might want to give it a go each month. Thanks for being such a great supporter, Joy!


    2. JanisB says:

      Why did you move the action to South Carolina? I’ve definitely got to read this … from my cozy house in South Carolina! And with all the good reviews, I’m looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Carol Perrin says:

    Longbourn’s Songbird was excellent. Are you planning to write another Pride and Prejudice variation?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Happy New Year!

    Oh, I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Songbird! Not just the amazing love triangle, which put me through the wringer back and forth, but the way the premise & setting gave us the best of both worlds (parts of the Regency code of conduct and enough modern freedoms for the characters’ interactions to be so meaningful and poignant!).

    A little bird (pls excuse the pun 😀 ) told me there’s more where that came from, and I’m eager to find out as much as possible about it. So Beau, is there anything you could share without giving the game away?

    (Pls don’t enter me in the giveaway, Beau has very kindly sent me a signed copy already, THANKS!)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dung says:

    I’ve read so many great reviews for your novel. What inspired you to write a modern day version of P&P? Are you working on any upcoming projects?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Suzan Lauder says:

    1. In the #Austenwatch events, you demonstrate one heck of a good wit. Have you considered writing a comedy? Perhaps a parody?
    2. I first saw “Rhymes with Nerdy” when you celebrated little known women in science. What inspired the research? Do you have a background in science? How did you find these obscure people?
    3. I know you miss boiled peanuts and other specific things from the South, and a pilgrimage back there helped you with “Longbourn’s Songbird.” That’s great, because the voice in the novel is very clear. Do you think you could do something similar for other places you’ve lived: capture the essence of the people and the geography?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jenettajames says:

    If you could rehabilitate a character in P&P in a re-telling, who would it be & why?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Question: You’ve said writing sex scenes is difficult for you. Do you see this as something you need to push yourself to do? What you infer is often sufficient, even lovely! (Or not, if Caroline Bingley is in the room…) But I wonder how YOU feel about this, and if you see it as a failing (you shouldn’t).

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  8. Betty Campbell Madden says:

    Okay, so you’ve written another delightful P&P variation, and I’ve thanked you for the pleasure I received in reading it when it was released, now my big question is “What are you doing for me next!” Seriously, thanks for our pleasurable past, but what about our future? I–and lots of others–want another goodie soon, please.


  9. I have your book on my very long TBR and have a few questions for you….
    1) Do you have a special place and time to write?
    2) When your characters are uncooperative what do you do to get through those rough patches….walk, garden, etc?
    3) Which is your favorite Jane Austen novel and why?
    4) To add to Joy’s question #7, which of Jane Austen’s heroines do you prefer….Anne or Elizabeth or another and why?
    5) Who is your favorite Jane Austen villain and why?
    Thank you for the generous give away. I look forward to reading your answers.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. The call for questions is closed!! Huge thank yous to everyone who submitted a question (or more). Answers will go up Monday 25 January! See you then!


  11. Christina Boyd says:

    Having written your LS in the post-WWII era… I have to wonder what you are writing next. Can you share any details?


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