I was talking to a friend the other night.  We were talking about hardships we have endured over the span of our short lives and the topic turned to how Jane Austen influenced and helped us in various ways.  My friend found a world in the JAFF community where she could be herself and be fully accepted.  I know for myself her books brought to me a reminder of my love for writing after years of neglect.  My last venture into creative writing had been my angsty teenage poetry.  Reading her books made me want to be engulfed in her world – over and over.  The only way to do that was to write my own or read others.  I had read hundreds of others and decided to try my own.  If not for Jane Austen, I might have only written bad poetry.


What has Jane Austen given you?