It’s been my pleasure and privilege to have a fabulous intern from Belmont University this spring semester. Stephanie has done wondrous things for my online presence (hence her official title of The Wondrous Intern). She’s going to be guest blogging from time to time, so here’s an intro post. Everyone make her feel welcome!

From the Wondrous Intern….

Every college student needs an internship, right? As my professors were pressuring me to find an internship and threatening my life, my career, and my future happiness if I did not, I desperately began meeting with my internship advisor and contacting potential internships. A whole lot of nothing was happening when an internship with Beth Pattillo practically fell into my lap. While I was relieved to have finally found something, I was also ecstatic at the prospect of working with a successful author, especially an author who loves Jane Austen as much as I do.

I’ve been working with Beth for a few months now and it has been such a rewarding experience. Not only am I learning the ins and outs of the writing and publishing worlds, but I’ve also been perfecting my blogging skills through the management of her Twitter, Facebook fan page, and upcoming newsletters (and who doesn’t love to blog?).

The experiences I’m having and lessons I’m learning while working with Beth are so beneficial to my studies and my future as a writer. More than that, however, I also find myself falling in love with literature all over again, an event I certainly did not foresee. I spend an hour or two every day looking through the latest news concerning Jane Austen, the Regency period, and various quotes from her novels and letters. Every day I become more and more interested in the woman who wrote Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, two of my all-time favorite novels. Through learning about her life and interacting with Beth, who uses her stories and life to create new literature that so many people adore, I’m learning to appreciate the power of fiction even more. I think Austen says it best in one of my favorite passages of hers in Northanger Abbey:

“‘Oh! It is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. ‘It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda”; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”

3 Responses to “From the Wondrous Intern…”
  1. Kals says:

    As a college student who just completed her internship, I can say you’re lucky to be working with an author who loves Austen! :)

    Looking forward to more posts from you! Have fun blogging :)

  2. Serenity Bohon says:

    I’m passing this post on to a friend of mine who loves literature too and is trying to figure out where to go next in life. I wish she could find an internship like this! How wonderful. I follow your tweets and consider the Austen nuggets one of the best parts of my online day!

    Beth, you’re such an inspiration to me. I’m working on a novel in tribute to one of my own literature loves. It’s mostly in the idea stage. You’ve shown me it can be done well and beautifully. I’ve yet to read your second, but JANE AUSTEN RUINED MY LIFE was such a pleasure. And I don’t think I’ve known any author to strike better cover-art GOLD!! Gorgeous.

  3. Nicole Corder says:

    This really does sound like a perfect internship! I am the friend that Serenity is referring to. :) I did not realize the importance of an internship while in school since I decided to enter the publishing field my senior year (this year). I hope that if I do find one, that it is as amazing as this. To be immersed into the world of Jane Austen and that period all day? A dream come true!

    Thank you for sharing this!

Leave a Reply

*
To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture. Click on the picture to hear an audio file of the word.
Click to hear an audio file of the anti-spam word

An Austin DesignWorks Production