Jasmine Stirling

Middle Grade/Young Adult Author
Austen Enthusiast
Travels from: San Francisco, CA

“An informative, engaging depiction of the life and growth of an exceptional literary talent.” —Kirkus Reviews

Jasmine Stirling is the author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, a picture book biography of Jane Austen about persistence and creative mastery. She also has a YA/New Adult history of the women’s suffrage movement out soon, titled We Demand An Equal Voice.

Jasmine lives on a cheerful street in San Francisco with her husband, two daughters, and their dog. From a young age, she loved to write poems and stories, and worked her way through nearly every children’s book (and quite a few for grownups, too) in her local library. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking in the fog, singing songs from old musicals, and fiddling with her camera.

Jasmine first fell in love with Jane Austen as a student at Oxford, where she read her favorite of Jane’s six masterful novels, Persuasion. A Most Clever Girl is her dream project, done with her dream team—award-winning illustrator Vesper Stamper and Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing. Before becoming an author, she was a C-level executive working in education technology companies.

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Bridgerton, Jane Austen, and Life as a Regency Lady

While the pandemic raged this winter, the world devoured Bridgerton and fell in love (again) with the lives and loves of ladies in Regency England. Suddenly, Regencycore is everywhere: from bookshop windows to the pages of Vogue. To tide you over until season two, join author and Jane Austen expert Jasmine A. Stirling for a spirited discussion of Bridgerton. We’ll discuss the show’s Austen influences, talk about how it subverts and updates the not-so-obvious rebelliousness of books like Pride and Prejudice, and even take you through the Regency Lady (or Gentleman) Quiz—so that you can find out how attractive you’d be on the marriage market in London’s social season. Q&A to follow. Bring a cup of tea and a scone and prepare to be delighted and enlightened!

Jane Austen: The Heroine’s Journey

Join author Jasmine A. Stirling for a discussion of how Jane Austen’s life story reflects the archetypal heroine’s journey. She’ll discuss the phases that Austen went through on her path to greatness: innocence, mentoring, loss of innocence, wisdom, and mastery—and how these phases mirror those in ancient stories such as the myth of Cupid and Psyche. A reading from Jasmine’s upcoming picture book biography of Jane Austen, A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, and Q&A will follow.

Jane Austen, Creativity, and Persistence

Author Jasmine A. Stirling will speak about “What Jane Austen’s life teaches us about creativity and persistence” with a special emphasis on how the myth of the creative genius vs. the reality. As Austen’s life shows, creativity requires a supportive community, a rootedness in place, time, financial stability, a willingness to improve, discipline, and consistency—often over decades—in order to mature. A reading from her upcoming picture book biography of Jane Austen, A Most Clever Girl, and Q&A will follow.

Women, Money and Jane Austen

Author Jasmine A. Stirling will speak about Jane Austen’s legacy with a special emphasis on how the rights of women—in particular the ability to create financial independence—have evolved since the Regency period. We’ll discuss how women’s limited economic freedoms impacted Jane Austen, leaving her dependent on the charity of her male relatives after her father died, and the devastating impact that had on her writing. We’ll also touch on Austen’s frank treatment of money in her novels—a hallmark of her writing—and what that tells us about Austen as a person and an artist. A reading from her upcoming picture book biography of Jane Austen, A Most Clever Girl, and Q&A will follow.

Jane Austen’s Revolutionary Voice

Author Jasmine A. Stirling will speak about “Jane Austen’s Revolutionary Voice” and read from her book, A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice. She will also discuss why Jane Austen is the perfect pandemic read, and share her journey from c-level executive to pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an author.

Spring Tea at Pemberley

Join author Jasmine A. Stirling for a virtual Regency-era tea party filled with games, Jane Austen trivia, and a delightful exploration of the Regencycore trend. We’ll discuss why Jane Austen is the perfect pandemic read, and what Jane Austen’s life teaches us about creativity and persistence. A reading from Jasmine’s upcoming picture book biography of Jane Austen, A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, and Q&A will follow.

Jane Austen, Creativity, and Persistence

Author Jasmine A. Stirling will engage students in an exploration of how someone becomes an exceptional artist, filmmaker, musician, painter or even video game or app designer. We’ll discuss how place, community, time, money, discipline, persistence and constant improvement help someone master any new skill, even (and especially) a creative one. We’ll discuss creativity in the context of Jane Austen’s life and journey to find her voice, followed by excerpts from A Most Clever Girl.

Jane Austen and Women’s Rights in Us and English History

Author Jasmine A. Stirling will engage students in political and social playacting, book reading and games. What was life in Regency England and colonial America like for women? What has changed? What has not changed? What would you like to see change for women in the future?

Author’s Voice Writing Workshops

Jasmine A. Stirling will lead the class in exploring questions like what is an author’s voice? Which author’s voices do you like? Why? Which do you dislike? How do you develop your own voice? A wide range of games and activities will engage students in understanding and developing their own voices. Students will also unpack examples of authorial voice from a diverse range of book.

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

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Media clips

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Media Kit

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where you can download author photos and cover images.

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