• Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 978-0345524966


Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer
of the Human Heart

Syrie is honored to be a contributing author to this outstanding anthology, which includes never-before-published short stories inspired by Jane Austen, her novels, and her philosophies of life and love. From historical continuations of her plots and characters, and stories from Jane's own point of view, to contemporary spinoffs and comedies, the stories encapsulate what we love most about Jane Austen: romance, social satire, and witty humor.

In addition to Syrie James, other contributors to the line-up include authors Lauren Willig, Laurie Viera Rigler, Stephanie Barron, Pamela Aidan, Amanda Grange, Janet Mullany, Elizabeth Aston, Margaret C. Sullivan, Jo Beverley, Carrie Bebris, Adriana Trigiani, Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, Frank Delaney and Diane Meier, Alexandra Potter, Diana Birchall, Monica Fairview, Jane Odiwe, Beth Pattillo, Myretta Robens, Maya Slater, and Brenna Aubrey.

The anthology is edited by Laurel Ann Nattress, the multi-talented force behind austenprose.com.


"JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT is the rare short-story compilation in which every one of the twenty-two stories shines. Each contains a new take on Austen, a new concept of what Austen hoped to do with her life and work, or even a new take on modern romance from Austen’s viewpoint... The result is one amazingly fun book." —Romance Junkies

"JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO ITis a wonderful collection of short stories written by true Jane Austen fans. There is quite a mix of genres and subjects in this book and this made it more exciting to read. It has everything from a gothic romance to a contemporary fantasy." —The Book Garden

"'Jane Austen’s Nightmare' by Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) was wonderful and moving." —Austen in Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club

"For fans of "Austenesque" fiction, this collection will be a box of bonbons." Seattle Times

"Smart, witty, and tons of fun, this work is a wonderful homage to Austen... Whether your favorite Jane novel is Pride and Prejudice or Mansfield Park, there is a short story in here somewhere for you. Every genre within the spectrum of Jane Austen fan fiction is covered, as well as stories inspired by Jane herself. It is one of these stories that was my favorite: Jane Austen's Nightmare by Syrie James." Life And 100 Books

"It is only fitting that the collection begins with the woman who started my journey onward into the world of Jane Austen and subsequent retellings and inspired novels, Syrie James with 'Jane Austen's Nightmare.'... The short story personifies every writer's nightmare - that the characters will not like how they have been drawn and will seek justice. From characters perceived as too perfect to those with a great number of flaws, Austen meets them all in her nightmare set in Bath." Savvy Verse and Wit

"Jane Austen's Nightmare by Syrie James: A clever story which asks the question, what would happen if Jane Austen met her literary creations?... This story just proves why Syrie James is one of my favorite authors." For the Love of Austen

"A varied and entertaining collection of stories, many of which are written by the biggest names in Austen sequel writing." Book N Around

"Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a great, great short story collection!!! The collection begins strong with Syrie James' Jane Austen's Nightmare... for readers who dare to question the text, this story is playful and fun. Was Jane Austen 'too mean' to some of her characters? Should some of her bad boys have been reformed? Were some of her heroines too good to be true? Did any of her characters deserve different fates?... A true delight!!!! I just LOVED it." Becky's Book Reviews

"I tip my hat to Laurel Ann for overseeing this ambitious and very worthwhile project. Five out of five Regency tea cups!"" —Jane Austen's World

Visit the "Jane Austen Made Me Do It" website,
which is full of information about the anthology,
including reviews, summaries of all the stories,
and biographies of the contributing authors.