Also by this author: Carolina Gold, Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories, A Heart So True: A Southern Love Story
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Published by Thomas Nelson
Jobs and Love Come At a Price in Post-Civil War Tennessee
Historian and novelist Dorothy Love continues her Hickory Ridge series with Beauty for Ashes
For many years I wrote for the secular market, but ultimately I felt called to write stories that could be an oasis of wholesomeness in an otherwise dark and graphic world. Currently I am writing only Southern historicals from a Christian world view. I love it.
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
Lynn Austin, Catherine Richmond, Rosslyn Elliott, Margaret Brownley, Tamera Alexander to name just a few.
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?
I do a lot of planning before I begin a book, so there is not very much that’s cut. Sometimes I expand scenes, but those wouldn’t make much sense taken out of context. I’m working on the possibility of some shorter pieces. We’ll see if it comes to fruition.
I loved one of the early scenes in Beauty For Ashes in which Ada and Wyatt Caldwell (from book one) are back in Hickory Ridge for a wedding. I missed them! And I love the scenes in which Griff and Carrie are working together on her family farm. I love writing scenes that show two people striving for a common goal.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?
The research can be overwhelming on one hand and so fascinating on the other that I can get caught up in the creative chaos of deciding what to put in and what to save for later books.
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
Oh my. I’ve been giving interviews for nearly twenty years. I doubt I have any secrets left!
Please please tell us about your next planned project…
I’ve just turned in the final book in the Hickory Ridge series. EVERY PERFECT GIFT will be out in November. We’re working on the cover now and it’s the most breathtaking ever. I cannot wait until I can share it with my readers. And I’ve signed with Thomas Nelson for three more Southern historical novels. Two are set in the beautiful South Carolina lowcountry, and one on a cattle ranch in South Texas. I’m excited to begin work on them.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…
I run my blog, INSIDE STORY from my website at www.DorothyLoveBooks.com. Its usually oriented toward history and historical novels, with an occasional recipe thrown in for fun. On the website, readers can find book blurbs and reviews, my photo album and bio, pages about the locations of my novels, and an events page that I keep updated with information on where I ‘ll be and when.
Official Website for Dorothy Love: http://dorothylovebooks.com/
Book #1 ~ Beyond All Measure
Book #2 ~ Beauty for Ashes
Book #3 ~ Every Perfect Gift ~ Fall 2012