I discovered her by accident. I loved to read as a kid, and whenever I would go visit my dad I would always ask to go to the bookstore. He kinda made fun of me for my reading choices, because I was challenging myself to read through all the classics, and he made a snide remark about how didn't think I was really reading them or understanding them.
So one summer I asked to go to the bookstore, and he took me to the classics section and threw a paperback copy of just about every classic they had. (I put back the ones I already owned.) He said something along the lines of "you better have those read by next summer...there will be a quiz".
And there was Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the latter of which I read first. It also introduced me to a few I had not yet read, such as Faulkner, who later went on to become one of my favorites. later I bought the complete works of Jane Austen. It has a special place on the shelf, next to the complete Sherlock Holmes, and my Dostoevsky collection.