Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fabulous Feature-Dorothy Love-Hope and Forgiveness

Today we welcome author:
Dorothy Love

One commenter will win a copy of
Dorothy's books:

 A Respectable Actress

Scroll down to see how.

Mary here. I'm so glad you joined us today. I had quite an amazing chat with Dorothy, learning how God has led her writing career. Today, Dorothy wants to share with you how God led her on her writing journey:

Stories of Hope and Forgiveness

I didn’t start out to become a writer of Christian fiction. I arrived in this market through a series of events in the general market that became increasingly at odds with who I am as a person and as a writer.

Attending my first ever writers’ conference I was advised by editors and agents to “write what you know.” My background was as an educator—I had been principal of a mid-sized public school before leaving to pursue writing full time. The world of kids and teenagers was the world I knew, so despite my original intent to become the next mega star of women’s fiction, I sat down and wrote a book for middle graders and sent it out.

It sold immediately, garnered a number of honors and a very respectable paperback rights sale and I was on my way. Over the next several years I wrote five more novels for this age group, mostly historicals. I was invited to speak at dozens of writers conferences and schools. It was a satisfying career, but as my original readers grew up, they wanted stories more reflective of their maturing lives and I switched publishers to write for these young teens. 

I began with a medieval tale that reviewers compared favorably to the biggest names in the business, and followed that book with a fantasy adventure I hoped would appeal to boys. It,too was well reviewed, but sales were not stellar and my editors suggested I switch to writing contemporary young adult (YA) fiction.

By the time I had published three or four of those, the entire market for YA fiction had changed. Longtime editors at major houses were replaced with 20-somethings and these new editors were not interested in coming of age stories set in the small Southern towns I knew and loved. They wanted books about teen sex, drugs, and general mayhem, or else dystopian novels.  I could not in good conscience create such dark stories for consumption by impressionable 14 year old girls. I believed that whatever talent I have is a God-given gift and ought to be used to tell stories of hope and forgiveness, courage and love.

Through the generosity of my best friend who had also left the general market to write Christian fiction, I found a new agent who guided me as I prepared my first ever historical series for grownups for submission. That series sold to Thomas Nelson in 2009 and was published as the Hickory Ridge novels. Since then, I’ve written stand alone novels inspired by the lives of real 19th century women.  Women whose faith and courage saw them through the most turbulent century in our nation’s history.

A Respectable Actress is my latest novel releasing October 13. It’s inspired by the life of actress Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble who lived for a time on St Simons Island, GA where much of my book is set, though as far as I know, Fanny was never charged with murder.

Thanks to Mary for hosting me here.
Mary: I've enjoyed your visit, Dorothy

Born in the middle of the twentieth century, Dorothy Love is certain she arrived on Planet Earth a hundred years too late. An avid scholar of 19th century American history, she spends most of her time poking through museums, reading dusty books, and studying the journals of the Victorian-era women whose lives inspire her Southern historical novels.

When she’s not busy researching or writing books or avoiding technology, she enjoys teaching at writers conferences.

Dorothy enjoys traveling with her husband, collecting antique ephemera, and playing Frisbee with Jake, the couple's golden retriever. A native Southerner, she currently lives in the Texas hill country.

You can learn more about Dorothy Love at:


India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.

A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her.


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Dorothy's book:
A Respectable Actress
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Thank you, Dorothy, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

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Loraine Nunley said...

This book sounds interesting. It liked reading about Dorothy's writing journey. It is encouraging to read about authors standing up for their convictions. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

Virginia Winfield said...

I love Dorothy's writing. Keep them coming.

Morgan said...

I'm currently reading this book, and let me tell you... It's great! It starts off with a bang (quite literally), and just gets better from there. I love Dorothy's writing style, too. Thank you for the interview! (And please don't enter me to win so that someone else can have the opportunity to read this great book! ☺️😉)

kim hansen said...
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kim hansen said...

New author for me. Enjoyed the little bit I read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a real page turner. Dorothy is a new author to me and I would love to read this book. Thanks for the great interview.
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Mary Vee Writer said...

I felt so much the same, Loraine. I talked at length with Dorothy, getting to know her testimony as was inspired like you. In fact, her writing skills have drawn me into wanting to read her book. Looks like a must buy for me. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Virginia!!
So you are a regular Dorothy reader. Awesome. Which of her books have you enjoyed the most? I would think her flair for communicating a story would be such a draw to any story.

Mary Vee Writer said...

How sweet, Morgan.
I am SOOO glad you commented, though. WOW! You've really encourage readers to edge this book to the top of the pile!! Thanks!

Mary Vee Writer said...

She is to me, too, Kim. BUT what I've seen in chatting with her, reading her post, AND no what Morgan wrote above....well, we're just gonna have to get to reading this book. We'll do it together. eh?

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey Maryann!
"A real page turner", do you realize what a wonderful compliment those words are to an author? Bless my soul, Maryann, you are a gem. Someday, I'll be just as honored for you to say that about a book of mine. someday :)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Dorothy's book sounds like my kind of book--suspense, romance and the assurance that my beliefs won't be compromised! Thank you, Mary, for choosing Dorothy as your guest. Blessings to both of you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You're welcome, Connie. Although I must admit God does the leading. I happen to see an author talk about a new release. They happen to be available on a date I happen to have open. All these "happens" have the same source.
Love chattin' with you!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like an amazing read. Thanks so much for this giveaway! dkap07(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Diana,
You were up before me. I've quickly prepared some virtual hot coffees (Columbian, hazelnut, and let's see, Honduran) and have several virtual hot teas to choose from.
I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with Dorothy and me. I must agree, her book had me hooked right away.

Caryl Kane said...

Dorothy is a new author for me. This books sounds like a must read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, Caryl, we're going to have to fix that. I see many Dorothy Love books on your night stand in the future :)
Thanks for stopping by! (and thanks for signing up for my newsletter). I enjoy our chats!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the giveaway and interview

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed learning more about Dorothy's writing journey and look forward to reading A Respectable Actress! Thank you so much for sharing this great post and giveaway!

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Trixi said...

You have me at 19th Century! That's the kind of inspirational historical fiction I LOVE to read :-)

I adore your author interview & how you stayed true to who you are in Christ, never compromising your writing to "fit" the world's standards! This is why I read only Christian fiction....too many authors try to skate that fine line between the two, and compromise way too much. With my own life, I want to know that I will stand before the Lord on that day without guilt & I think as an author, you'd want that clear conscience too! And you not wanting to lead astray young girls/women with your writing, is very commendable.....thank you for being that kind of author! keep letting your light shine for Him :-)
Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "A Respectable Actress", sounds like a story I would very much enjoy! I also didn't realize you were the author of "The Bracelet", that's one on my want-to-read list too!

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Mary I'm all three: a follower of this blog, signed up by email, receive the newsletter!! Thank you for another great author interview!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Ann!
I hope you are having as awesome of a day as I am. Sunny. Color on the trees. Apple cider in my glass. Thanks for joining us today!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Britney!
So happy to see you on this lovely day! I have all the windows open. In fact I moved the gang out to the deck to enjoy the sun. So glad you joined us. Pull up a chair and chat with us. Stay as long as you like.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Trixi, so good to see you.
I must admit I enjoy reading Christian fiction because I know the profanity won't be there. I too am thankful for authors like Dorothy who have taken a stand.
Thanks for coming today. Enjoyed chatting with you!

Dorothy Love said...

Hi Loraine, Thanks for your comment. It seems that standards are getting harder and harder to maintain these days but we have to try. :)

Dorothy Love said...

Hi Virginia, So glad to meet a reader here. Thanks for choosing my books.

Dorothy Love said...

Morgan, so glad you are enjoying the book. :) Thanks for stopping by here.

Dorothy Love said...

Hi Caryl , Dorothy here. Thanks for checking in with Mary. I hope you will enjoy all my books.

Dorothy Love said...

Hi Trixi, I do hope you enjoy this book, as well as the Hickory Ridge novels. I always try to write books that mothers and grandmothers and daughters can all share. Thanks for stopping by here.

Patty said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your writing journey Dorothy!

I've been to Savannah and would love to visit St Simons Island, and I would love to read this book.


Patty said...

I follow via GFC, and by email.


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, Patty.
Savannah is a beautiful place! I visited my sister there once. The moss hanging from the trees, the old buildings, the horse and carts, the ocean. Yea, Savannah is a great place to visit. So glad you stopped by to share your travels.

Unknown said...

Good afternoon, Mary Vee and Dorothy. I follow you in all possible ways , Mary. Dorothy , welcome . It's so exciting seeing you featured here . I absolutely loved your last book, The Bracelet. It had me on the edge of my seat. I just couldn't stop reading it. It was magical ! It will be a real joy to read this !

Unknown said...

Wow now I really want to know what secrets India discovered. Sounds like a really good story

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