Q&A with Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones

Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones
Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift 
Embrace your inner Jane and find a new way of life in thrift! Jane Austen knew that wealth and grandeur had little to do with happiness, and that fashionable new dresses and reticules to impress Mr. Darcy simply were not the path to fulfillment—especially when one accrues debt in the process. It’s as true today as it was then . . . Whether you have a fortune or not, you’re well advised to make the most of your income—and save for your future. Now, using the timeless wisdom and example of Jane Austen’s memorable heroines, this book offers everything the modern lady needs to know about: *Clever investing*Keeping up appearances on a budget*Giving and receiving graciously*Finding treasures at flea markets and church rummage sales*Planning a party that only looks extravagant*And more 
Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift shows how to make your circumstances significantly less reduced, and how to live a life of elegent economy and joyful generosity—whether you’ve as much as Emma Woodhouse or as little as Miss Bates.

~Q and A with Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones~

1.  Everyone has a favorite Jane Austen Novel, what’s yours?
Kathleen:  I love Pride and Prejudice.  As Austen herself described it, it’s so “light, and bright, and sparkling.”  What woman in literature is as fun and witty and self-assured as Elizabeth Bennet?  And the crisp debates between her and Mr. Darcy show the chemistry between them—they are well matched intellectually, an important ingredient in a healthy, fulfilling relationship that perhaps should be more emphasized in the modern-day dating scene. These two will always have interesting things to talk about and will never get bored with each other.  They also both have the humility to recognize they’re not perfect and to strive for growth.
Susan:  It’s hard to pick a favorite, and mine depends on the mood I’m in.  I love Pride and Prejudice for its perky, feisty heroine and its cast of challengers:  snarky Caroline Bingley, for example.  And then, when I’m in a certain mood, my favorite is Persuasion, in which a woman “too old” for love (28) is reunited with the man she has long carried in her heart.

2.  What inspired you to write this book?
Jane Austen was our main inspiration.  Her novels are full of valuable life lessons, particularly regarding personal finance.  Her best characters are financially responsible, and her worst characters are careless with both money and human beings.

3.  What do you think Jane would think of today’s society?
Surprise!  I think Jane would have been surprised by our manias, our obsessions, our fast-paced lifestyle, our noise, and our opportunities.  I think she would have been appalled by the vulgarity of popular culture, but I like to think she would have joined right in in the highest level of social networking and reveled in the ability to contact so many people far away in so little time--a good way to keep track of a brother in the Navy.

4. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
We hope there will be one tip in the book a reader will take to heart, whether it’s a thriftier way to shop for food or a new way to recreate a wardrobe with little or no expense.  If there is something in the book that will help a reader create a happier, more provident lifestyle, we will be really happy.

5.  What’s your favorite Austen quote?
Susan: My favorite Austen quote is, “Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”
Kathleen:  My favorite Austen quote is “I flatter myself that my overtures of good-will are highly commendable.”


  1. I surely need to add these to my list and I’m worried that I missed this so long.


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