Modern Austen with Misty Dawn Pulsipher

I’ve always been an enormous fan of Jane Austen. Someone asked me recently if I had actually read “Pride and Prejudice the book”. Of course! I’ve read and loved all of Austen’s books and wish there were more. Misty Dawn Pulsipher writes her own twist on some of Austen’s classics, putting the characters in our modern world. She is here today for an interview while I review two of her books, Pride’s Prejudice and Persuaded.

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I really enjoyed this one! The author is great at letting the reader feel the characters’ emotions. The attraction between William and Beth is electric from the start, but those darn first impressions just get in the way. It’s so interesting to think about what kind of people the characters would be in the modern world to tell Austen’s story. I wish the ending had said a little more about what happened next for Beth, since she was a college junior at the end. The ending gave great closure to the love story, I was just curious about where she went to finish college. I love the way she portrayed Beth’s parents. It’s exactly how I would imagine they would be in this time. Grab it on AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.


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I love Austen’s Persuasion. This modern retelling was such a creative new twist on the story. Hanna and Derick don’t just rekindle their old romance, they get to know each other in a new way now that they’re a little older and have more about life figured out than when they first met. They fall in love again in this sweet love story about getting a second chance with your first love. The writing pulled me right into their passionate emotions and it had me in tears by the end. You don’t have to have read Austen’s book to enjoy this, but if you have, you will enjoy it even more. This is my favorite of Pulsipher’s books so far. Grab it on AMAZON.


How long have you been writing and do you write full-time?
I have been writing since I was a kid. I didn’t start writing novels until about 7 years ago. I don’t write full-time, I wish I could! I work part-time at a book warehouse and so my writing kind of has to fill in the cracks (which is why Mansfield’s release has been pushed back twice already). 🙁 It took me six years to write, revise, and finally publish Pride’s Prejudice.
What are some of your favorite books and authors?
Little Women was the first novel I ever read, and it will always have a place in my heart. Jane Austen, obviously! And other series that occupy the place of honor on my shelf are: Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Hush, Hush, Divergent, City of Bones, Clockwork Angel, Shiver. I have to have romance in a novel, but I don’t want smut. I’m an impatient reader (and writer) so a book has to pull me in pretty quick. I read to escape reality, and that escape had better be pretty good!
What inspired you to write modern twists on Jane Austen?
 What inspired me to write modern Austen? It was one of those light bulb moments. I was chopping tomatoes for a salad in my kitchen and I kept thinking how much I love Pride and Prejudice. The thought just kind of dropped into my head. I loved it so much, I had to write my own. Pride’s Prejudice did so good that I decided I was meant to do more. I knew I would do at least Pride’s Prejudice, Persuaded, and Mansfield (Mansfield Park is actually my favorite Austen novel). I also have an idea for Emma, but Sense and Sensibility intimidates me to no end.
Have you had an experience where you changed your mind about someone after a terrible first impression?
I love this question. Yes, in fact. My very best friend. We were roommates in college. All I knew about her ahead of time was that she’d been in beauty pageants. I already formed an opinion about her before I met her, deciding that I wouldn’t like her because she was probably a stuck-up, entitled diva. Then we got stuck alone one weekend. Everyone else had gone home and it was just the two of us. We bonded over hot chocolate and mascara, and my life has never been the same since. I based my Jenna character on her.
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7111457Misty Dawn Pulsipher has been writing since she learned how, but it was during her angst-ridden college years that her love for writing began to flower. She spent countless hours revising poetry inspired by unrequited love, and has the binder to prove it. As a young mother Misty’s writing overlapped her affinity for all things Jane Austen, and she couldn’t rest until she’d created her own version of Mr. Darcy. Misty’s modern Austenesque novels, Pride’s Prejudice and Persuaded, were self-published in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Her third Austen rewrite, Mansfield, will be available by Christmas 2015.Misty suffers from a particularly potent case of OCD (obsessive creativity disorder). When she’s not writing or procrastinating an edit, she’s sewing, cross-stitching, or baking. She also boasts several collections, including a deck of cards from everywhere she’s been, enough bovine décor to supply Chick-fil-A for life, and thirteen versions of the board game Monopoly (at last count). Though Misty currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three minions, she will always call Utah home—and insist that eastern “mountains” are actually hills. You can check out her blog, Facebook author page, or contact her via email: If she doesn’t respond, don’t take it personal . . . she’s probably writing her next book.