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Name: Kylee
Message:Hi!
I really loved "I was Jane Austen's Best Friend" and was really excited to find out you had a second book! I read "Jane Austen Stole my Boyfriend" right away and still am in love with it! So here's my question: Are you planing on writing a third Jane Austen/ Jenny Cooper book?? I really hope so!
Dated:Wed Apr 10 23:03:30 2013  

Name: Jennifer
Message:Hello! Do you think you will write a book to follow "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend"? Thanks
Dated:Wed Apr 10 19:53:41 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I do hope that you like it, Bethan. It is all about Daisy and Poppy - how they were presented and about the boys that they fell in love with - in fact that is the name of book 2:
DEBUTANTES: IN LOVE
Dated:Mon Apr 8 20:29:54 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:Hi,

I am so excited for the new Debutantes book. I have written reviews on my school's site on Makewaves for the two Jane Austen books and Debutantes. I want everyone to read them because they are so good!!! Will you ever do another story about Jane Austen?
Dated:Mon Apr 8 19:56:21 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Oh wow! I've actually been to Bath and the assembly rooms there. I can't wait for the Jane Austen festival in September!
Dated:Wed Mar 27 18:10:39 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Liya: You can get Jane Austen's Juvenilia free on the Internet.
Some people think that 'Northanger Abbey' was probably the first book that she wrote and that the character of Catherine in it may have certain things in common with Jane Austen herself - like enjoying sliding down green banks with her brothers.
Growing up with lots of boys in the house must have influenced her, I would say. I've read other books written by women at the time and they are very boring in comparison!
Dated:Wed Mar 27 16:17:47 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Wow! I love Pride and Prejudice, it would have to be my favorite one. I think you're a very dedicated writer and I shall continue to read the other books of yours.
Thank you :-)
Dated:Wed Mar 27 16:10:32 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Liya: It occurred to me that I hadn't really answered all of your questions so now I've split your long message into two and pasted it into the message board.
I suppose the inspiration for the book was reading Jane Austen's stories she wrote when she was a teenager. They are so funny - a that I fell in love with her personality.
As for the plotting - well I did read a lot of books written about her life and about the time that she lived in - also for the second book I spent three days in Bath and walked around everywhere - it's marvelously preserved - look up Bath Assembly Rooms on the Internet and see how wonderful they are - and imagined what Jane would have done there.
Dated:Wed Mar 27 06:11:48 2013  

Name: Liya
Message:My mother was ill recently and super bored, so I let her read the book once I finished. Well, she loved it almost as much as I did! I love the way it has been plotted out/written so well and how you use the language they would at the time. What inspired you to write these books and wh at sort of/how much research did you do?
Thanks :-)
Dated:Wed Mar 27 06:03:23 2013  

Name: Liya
Message:I really loved your book I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend. I was so absorbed in the book and just couldn't put it down! I can honestly say that it's my favorite book so far.
My friend introduced me to the book and suggested I read it asap. She seemed to really adore the book, so I began it straight away and instantly fell in love!
But it got better... then my friend told me that you had written a second one! I was so excited and couldn't stop jumping with excitement. Right now i'm reading Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend and wanted to cry with happiness at every page.
I guess I just want to say thank you for writing such fantastic books!
Dated:Wed Mar 27 06:02:27 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Liya: That was a lovely message - thank you very much for all the nice things that you said. You know, I really enjoyed writing those Jane Austen books. I did a lot of research and somehow when I read the funny stories that Jane wrote when she was young - well she really came alive to me as a character.
I'm so pleased your mum liked them too!
Dated:Tue Mar 26 21:15:04 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Um, I apparently have too many words so I have to send my message to you via Story Book, hope that's not a problem :-)
Dated:Tue Mar 26 19:34:55 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Just send it here, Liya.

If you want it to be private then just send it to the Story Club. Then only I read it.

However, most of the people who write in here are interested in other people's ideas and points of view, so unless it's something very private, I would prefer if you would write your thoughts here.
Dated:Mon Mar 25 18:39:38 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Hi Cora!
I don't know where to begin... first of all, I think this guestbook is a fantastic idea and second of all, I was wondering what your e-mail is so that I can send you a proper letter. I can't find it anywhere on the website. Thanks :-)
Dated:Mon Mar 25 18:35:38 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Caolan: I'm sure that you are looking forward to the holidays - they'll soon be here. I'm looking forward to them, also, although it's a long time since I have retired, but I look forward to having my grandson from London come and stay with us.

I've certainly written and had published more than 45 books - I stopped counting when I got to that number.
Dated:Mon Mar 25 08:23:21 2013  

Name: Caolan
Message:Thank you Cora for your reply. My Mum and Dad picked the name out of the newspaper a few days before I was born :) I will definitely buy the book and read it in my holidays! My sister and I were wondering how many books altogether you wrote? I like writing myself...maybe Ill do it when I get older.
Dated:Sun Mar 24 18:29:49 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:What a very unusual name you have Caolan - I've never heard of it - and i think it sounds lovely.

'Wolf in the Midnight Forest' is another book that I wrote about dogs. It is about a beautiful dog that I owned, called Wolf and it is about him when he was a puppy.
Dated:Thu Mar 21 17:07:31 2013  

Name: caolan
Message:hi cora in school i'm reading your book two mad dogs so far i like it. what other good books did you write ? I had 2 dogs too but one died and the other disappeared and noone knows what happened to him.Happy Easter
Dated:Thu Mar 21 16:53:55 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Rhys:
You and Conor, a boy who also sends stories to this website, will have to get together and form a publishing company - not that difficult, really if you publish to e-book format.

It's very, very difficult to get published. I would be treating you like a child if I pretended that it wasn't.

I remember your story - and I remember being struck by some bits of excellent writing.

How long was it? A book would have to be about forty thousand words long at minimum and even then the chances of getting an agent - and normally you have to get an agent before you get published.
I've read that only one in thousand people who send a book to an agent have a hope of being accepted - and after that a publisher has to be c
Dated:Wed Mar 20 11:52:56 2013  

Name: rhys
Message:i talked to you ages ago about my story "the night i saw a visitor" and have took note of your feedback and wondered about if i finished a book how would i get it published if i wanted to?
Dated:Wed Mar 20 09:41:10 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks for the nice, long message, Monica.

What's next?

Well, next is DEBUTANTES: IN LOVE and that is all about Daisy and Poppy and the fun they have in London and the parties and the boys they fall in love with.

Violet doesn't come into this much it's mainly about Poppy and Daisy, but Rose, of course, is her usual self.
Dated:Tue Mar 19 08:27:14 2013  

Name: Monica Leyland
Message:i really loved your book Debutants! It really captured my heart. I loved the description and your story plot was fab! I loved the way i just had no idea what was going to happen next. My favorite character was most definitely Daisy!!! she is so like myself. I also want to produce films like her and since reading the book have been going round the house with my video camera with my younger sisters.
I also read Jane Austen was my best friend and Jane Austen stole my boyfriend. i read these extremely quickly because they were real page turners!
Thank -you for the inspiration and for giving me so much pleasure!!!
Your books are amazing!!!
What's next???
Dated:Mon Mar 18 21:18:41 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:One day when I came home from school (I was a teacher then) I found my two dogs, Arno and Muna were missing. I searched and searched for them and then took the car and went out to a wood about a mile from my house - a place where we used to take them for walks - and there the two of them were, looking for me! They probably thought that when I went out every morning that I was having great fun running around the wood by myself!
Dated:Fri Mar 15 14:22:06 2013  

Name: 1st class Killeeneen N.S.
Message:Thank you for writing back to us! We are really excited! We will write back to you if we have any questions. We can't wait to find out what the dogs did!
Love from 1st class, Killeeneen N.S.
Dated:Fri Mar 15 14:16:29 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Katy: Thanks for your message. I'm glad that you liked 'Debutantes'.
I'm just doing the final edit of the second book, 'Debutantes: In Love' which is all about how Poppy and Daisy find the man of their dreams - as well, of course, as having fun going to parties and being presented at court.
I do think that the research is important - I have a shelf of books about the 1920s - but also I think DVDs and films add tremendously to your 'feel' for the era.
I love the clothes for the 1920s and, as well as books, DVDs like 'House of Elliott' give you great insight into the era.
Dated:Thu Mar 14 17:56:28 2013  

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