Interview with Kim Izzo, author of the Jane Austen Marriage Manual

28 Nov


Kim IzzoI hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. I had a long weekend of not posting much, so I bring you a fresh post with Kim Izzo, author of The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum and The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure. She also has a forthcoming book, the Jane Austen Marriage Manual.

I hope you enjoy! With November coming to a close, I have some great ideas for December and January as far as posts go. I hope you’ll tune in and let me know what you think.

The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Grade Under PressureCarolyn Crist: What sparked you to pursue publication as an author?

Kim Izzo: I think this was a lifelong dream. I always wanted to write fiction/novels and screenplays for movies. Journalism was something I fell into and it snowballed. So I see my novel as finally fulfilling my childhood/teenage and young woman dreams!



Carolyn: What ideas led to your forthcoming book, the Jane Austen Marriage Manual?

The Jane Austen Marriage ManualKim: I found myself on the eve of my 40th birthday and looked around my life and wasn’t where I wanted to be. My family home had been sold due to financial difficulties in my family, I was without a steady job and in a relationship that wasn’t making me happy. I felt a renewed kinship to many an Austen heroine and lamented to friends that I wish I’d just married a wealthy man when I was younger and had the chance! It was a joke at the time but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if at 40, I was too old, if indeed marrying “well” was an option! So I thought it was a fun idea for a fictional character to pursue this notion of “How old is too old to marry well?” My character, a journalist, gets an assignment to see if Austen’s “rules” can still apply to modern women. Set in the recession my character, Kate Shaw, embarks on a globe hopping journey to track down and marry a rich man. Did I mention The Jane Austen Marriage Manual is a romantic comedy? It is!


Carolyn: What intrigues you about Jane Austen?

Kim: Her wit and insight into the social codes of male and female relationships as well as those of family and society as a whole. And the fact that all of her wit and insights have lost nothing over time and are as timeless and applicable to today’s social mores as in her day.


Fabulous Girl's Guide to DecorumCarolyn: Also, tell us a bit about The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum and The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure — what sparked you to start these books?

Kim: I was raised by my English grandmother, so you can imagine that I was raised with a definite importance placed on manners. As I became a twenty-something single woman I saw that many, many women and men did not share these values and that civility was not what it should be. Basically, I saw enough bad manners that I had to comment on it. When my co-author and I began to write about it, first as a column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper and then in the books, we had no idea what a nerve we’d strike! But it remains a great topic!



Carolyn: How do you support yourself financially while writing?

Kim: I’m the deputy editor/beauty director at a national magazine called Zoomer. So my journalism keeps a roof over my head but writing fiction too means I don’t have much of a social life!  Having said that I recently became engaged so that’s not always true! LOL.

Kim, thank you so much! This is great, and we can’t wait to see the Jane Austen Marriage Manual.

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