Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
Some of the background on the orphan girl, Sophie were cut, but readers will get to know her better in book 3 in which she is all grown up and back in Hickory Ridge as the “star” of her own book.
Well that gives some cause for anticipation!
Is the Hickory Ridge Romance Series for those who loved romantic comedy?
This series is for every reader who enjoys stories with lots of historical detail and featuring two people who are falling in love. The books have their light moments, but they also deal with serious subjects. I wouldn’t categorize them as romantic comedy.
Good to know. I’m sure there are plenty of readers of Christian Historical Fiction that this will be right up their alley. It’s good to take a break from the comedy once in a while for something more.
What is your favorite scene from Beyond All Measure? (At this point are these titles for this series written as books or still in conception stages?)
I love the opening scene in which Wyatt is following Ada along the road in a wagon, as well as the scene in which Ada realizes what it takes to forgive those who have wronged her. And being a romantic at heart, of course, the final scene with Ada and Wyatt at the train station. (Beyond All Measure is on sale now. The second book has been submitted for editing as A Measure of Grace. A title for the third book has also been chosen, but titles sometimes evolve as stories evolve.)
Well, my non- writing friends all think it’s madness to write three novels nine months apart, but I love the research and writing. I’m a believer in Creative Brooding. A book arrives in my head years before it arrives in the store. In the interim, I’m getting to know my characters, working out the theme, researching locales, all the things I love doing. The Creative Madness part comes in when there are three deadlines looming and I’m juggling to meet them all. But every day I feel blessed to be able to work at something for which I have such passion, with a team of publishing professionals who share that passion and make even the deadlines seem like fun. Almost.
Sounds pretty right to me!
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs… (web presence, social networking)
Right now my new website, dorothylovebooks.com
is under construction and set to launch March 1.[edited to add - website is up and running!] I’ll be blogging from there, mostly about history and historical novels. I’ve set up a separate page called Writers Caffeine where I’ll be blogging about tips on the craft of writing. A bit closer to the pub date for Beyond All Measure I’ll be guest blogging/interviewing on several other sites. Readers can also find me on Facebook.
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
When I was a very young girl, my secret wish was to be in the movies. I loved playing dress up with my friends and practicing my “red carpet wave.” But then I discovered writing, and never looked back. There is no red carpet in my future, unless one of my books is adapted for film—then I might score a ticket for a back row seat. Far, far away from George Clooney. I’ll have to find the perfect dress, but at least I have “the wave” down pat.
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Beyond All Measure pondering over?
This book is about the nature of forgiveness, the cost of holding onto blame, the letting go and turning every situation over to God. I hope it will challenge readers to think about forgiveness in their own lives, both the giving and receiving of it.
What a wonderful purpose to have in a story. I know I’m enjoying reading it.
Please please tell us about your next planned project…
I’m working on a couple of ideas but I don’t talk about them while they’re in this fragile embryonic stage. I can tell you the next project will be….southern historical fiction….beyond that, please stay tuned!!