Rebecca Smith is the first official Writer in Residence at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton – that is if you do not count Jane herself who revised or wrote all of her six major novels under that roof from 1809-1817. Follow Rebecca on her blog as she journals about her experiences presenting writing workshops, organizing school essay competitions, heading up writing and reading groups and writing her own novel – or if you are lucky enough to be in the neighborhood visit her in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. Here's and interesting tidbit about her from Jane Austen's House Museum website.
During the residency she will be finishing a novel that follows five generations of a family from Hampshire to India and back again. It was partly inspired by Chawton - Rebecca is Jane Austen’s great great great great great niece!
Even with blood ties, Rebecca has big shoes to fill, if that could evah be possible. She does however, in my estimation, have the ultimate dream job.
Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose