Modern Persuasion Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello everyone,

Today I am pleased to receive as my guest Sara Marks who is about to release a Persuasion modernisation novel called Modern Persuasion.

Persuasion is my second favourite novel from Jane Austen, so I was thrilled to know that a new book was going to be released, thank you Sara!!!

Many people ask me why Persuasion is my second favourite and I always say that it is partly because of Captain Wentworth. He is no Darcy, but he is a strong, interesting character. But it’s not because of the male character that Persuasion could not come first in my affection, it is because of the heroine. While Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect heroine, Anne is a quiet character, too quiet to instigate the same type of admiration I have for Elizabeth. But is she a weak person? I asked that to Sara, and that is how we came up with the idea of this guest post. Sara will use the Meyers Briggs personality model to describe you Anne, and explain to you why she does not believe her to be a weak person 🙂 I hope you enjoy this!


Is Anne Elliot Weak?

When we meet Anne Elliot, we find her in the middle of her own story.  She has already had love and given it up.  She has already been proposed to twice and rejected both.  She has, in the words of her father, lost her bloom.  She is quiet, observant, thoughtful, and a little broken by the world she lives in.  One thing I would never call her is weak.  Weak suggests she has given up and doesn’t care.  Weak suggests she wallows without processing what upsets her.  Anne Elliot is not weak, she is an introvert.  She gains her strength from recharging alone.

Meyers Briggs Personality Types

I have an obsession with the Meyers-Briggs personality profiles.  Not as a way to excuse my choices or to help me make decisions, but as a way to deeper understand why I do the things I do. I do the same for my characters.  Anne Elliot, specifically, is an ISFJ.  What does this mean?  This means she is an introvert.  The ’s’ means she is sensing information based on what she observes.  Consider her impressions of Captain Wentworth’s feelings toward her.  She bases that on what she can see and observe from him.  She is most confused when his actions imply something different from everything else she has observed.  The ‘f’ means she is feeling in her decision making.  She considers other people’s motives when making decisions.  She feels like Captain Wentworth’s feelings have changed in Bath and becomes more aggressive herself.  She feels, after collecting her sensing evidence, that Mr Elliot is not what he appears to be.  The ‘j’ stands for judging and means she likes closure.

Anne in Context

Consider all of that in light of what we know about Anne’s situation when we join the story.  She is the middle child of a vain and snobbish man.  Her sisters, in different ways, share his snobbishness.  She has no brothers, so her family’s title and wealth will go to a distant cousin who has married another woman and is estranged from the family.  Yet, she has not married and nobody seems worried that she isn’t married.  She loved a man who, technically, was beneath her in class.  She knows the painful and regretful decision to reject him was the right one.  She had a second proposal from someone more her equal and she rejected that as well.  Nobody seems to judge her as a failure for that decision and her younger sister ultimately marries that man.  She doesn’t even seem to be hunting for a husband when we meet her.  She is simply living her life.  She spends her time with the people she likes as often as with those she has to be with.

Is She Weak?

So, back to the original question: is Anne Elliot weak?  No, she is self-reflective, thoughtful, and observant.  She accepts new information and shifts as she processes it.  She is far stronger than she appears.  She doesn’t just give into pressure, but makes the decision she thinks is best (even if wrong or hard).  She knows her mind and the people around her.  She isn’t reactive and aggressive, but she is just as strong as other Austen heroines.

Do what did you think of Sara’s analysis? I absolutely loved it! I also love personality tests and analysis and even if I am more familiar with the DISC model, I have read quite a lot about the Meyers Briggs Personality Types and I agree with Sara’s analysis. I am very different from Anne, and when I was younger I did consider Anne a weak person, but with age came a new understanding of live and people, and I’ve come to realise she is just more introvert than me, which is not necessary bad…by the contrary! In some situations Anne is just the type of person we need by our side 🙂

Thank you very much for your analysis Sara!

I’m sure that by now you are very curious to see how Sara’s characters will be, or what their story is going to be like, so I’ll leave you with the book blurb and some information on Sara Marks herself 🙂



Which would you pick: the person you love or your own dreams?
What would you do if given a second chance at that decision?
Eight years ago Emma Shaw picked her career and family over the man she loved, Fredrick Wentworth. Since then she has built a career in publishing and spends her free time making sure her father and sisters are taken care of. Fredrick has spent the same years building his career as a screenwriter under increasing public scrutiny as a celebrity. When the editor of Fredrick’s first book is injured, Emma is forced to travel with Fredrick on his book tour.

Tension builds for the two former lovers over the course of the tour. Emma and Fredrick must face their emotional baggage and their misunderstanding about how their break-up impacted the other. Will they be able to find their way back together for a second chance at love?

Available for pre-order on


Sara Marks is an author, knitter, Wikipedian, and librarian from Massachusetts. After over 10 years of participating in National Novel Writing Month, she is releasing her first novel, Modern Persuasion, with Illuminated Myth Publishing.
When she isn’t writing, she is an academic librarian at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
She has a masters degree in library science and another in Communications.
She spent 6 years as a member of Toastmasters International where she twice earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the
highest status members can achieve.
She is one of the local organizers for National Novel Writing Month.
5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Sara
1.Sara worked as a clown in college. She would go to birthday parties and local events in Miami to paint faces and make balloon animals.
2.Sara failed out of college before returning home to find a new path in life.
It took her 7.5 years to get her B.A. She is a firm believer in being able to fix your mistakes and gettingsecond chances.
3.Her dog, Cedric, was named for Cedric Diggory, her favorite character in Harry
Potter.In reality, the dog is a Slytherin.
4.Every year, since 2004, Sara has participated in National Novel Writing Month.
She haswon every year, except 2005 when she lost by 1,000 words.
5.Sara has been a Wikipedia editor for over 10 years.



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Sara brought along with her several giveaways for my readers.

She would like to offer an eBook of Modern Persuasion and  Fredrick’s book tour knick knacks and autographed paperback copy. Since part of the story happens on Fredrick’s book tour, she has selected touristy knick-knacks from each of the cities they visit.  The winner will get the entire collection of knick knacks and an autographed paperback copy of the book

To enter the first giveaway of na ebook of Modern Persuasion please leave a comment on this blog until June 1, 2017. The winner will be announced shortly after.

To enter the second giveaway of  Fredrick’s book tour knick knacks and autographed paperback copy please sign up for Sara’s mailing list by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Everyone who signs up for the mailing list is added to the raffle and also gets a short story related to Modern Persuasion: “Mary and the Anti-Feminist”.  The raffle opens on May 22nd and ends on June 5th and is only available for US residents..  The item for NYC has not be selected yet so it will be a surprise element. Please check the Picture for the contents of this giveaway.

Good Luck everyone!


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12 responses to “Modern Persuasion Guest Post & Giveaway

  1. J. W. Garrett

    This sounds amazing. I am stalking the blogs in hope of winning an eBook. Yeah, I’m like that. I don’t have twitter or Facebook so I’ll leave a comment.

    Blessings on the launch of your book. I love the explanation of the way Anne acts by using the profile. As a retired educator, we used numerous personality profiles to help our students perform to the best of their ability. I worked closely with the Special Education Psychologist and wrote education plans on the needs of our students based on their abilities and teaching strategies would work best with the student.

    I can’t wait to see if I win a copy. Blessings on your launch and for those WIP stories you have hidden away. Thanks Rita for hosting and thanks Sara for the generous give-a-way. Have a blessed day. JWG


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  3. I am a big fan of Persuasion so I can’t wait to read this!


  4. Sally Cline

    Congratulations on releasing your first novel Sara! I’m sure it will be a great story!


  5. Ginna

    Huh, never thought of considering Myers-Briggs for book characters. Interesting concept. But actually attempting to figure out how a character would answer the questions? Ungh, you’re making me think too much right now! 😉 This, along with Elaine’s “math quiz” over at AuAu – my brain is mush. Really looking forward to reading this book!


  6. Sheila L. Majczan

    I have this on my Wish List as the various blogs have brought it to my attention. Congratulations on the launch.


  7. evamedmonds

    I have never thought to use the Myers-Briggs for characters! Love the analysis. Anne is strong as everyone looks to her for guidance and for making decisions – her father, sister Mary, even the Musgroves. The book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.


  8. Fascinating analysis of Anne Elliot’s personality, Sara. It’s one I can very much sympathise with as I’ve tested exactly the same on one of those online personality tests. I don’t regard myself as weak either!

    Like Jeanne, I’m stalking you on the blog tour with my fingers crossed!


  9. Mary

    What a very interesting and thought provoking post!!!

    I don’t consider Anne weak,in fact I believe her to be a strong character,one who knows exactly what she does and does not want in a marriage partner and refuses to settle for anything other than true love.

    Did she make a mistake when both she and Capt.Wentworth were younger? Who knows? All anyone can know for sure is that both parties know what it’s like to be truly in love,have spent years apart,without that staunch love and support and both feel ready to stop living in the past,reliving past mistakes, and having wasted so much time without the other,feel they now have the courage to once again take up the reins of their lives and begin again.

    Here’s hoping that they were blessed with a long,loving and fruitful life together,whether based on land or on the high seas!

    Looking forward to reading this story. Best of luck with it,Sara!


  10. I LOVE Persuasion! Possibly it is because my husband spent over 20 years as a sea captain. It’s not as romantic as it sounds. The loneliness is awful. Congrats on the book release.


  11. love the idea of a modern persuasion



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