Welcome back, Dorothy. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I can’t remember who it was who said all novels are about either redemption or reinvention. I find the idea of reinvention endlessly interesting and most of my novels deal with how a woman of faith adapts to whatever life serves up and makes it into something transformational.
I like that. What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’ve just turned in the manuscript for THE BRACELET, a new novel to be published in 2014. Like all of my other novels it’s inspired by historical events—this one happens to be about an unsolved murder in the carriage house of a mansion on
Next year Thomas Nelson will also be bringing out A PROPER MARRIAGE, my first
novella and my first foray into digital publishing. I’m excited to see how that
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Pat Conroy. He writes about the South Carolina Lowcountry with more passion and beauty than anyone I know. He is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. I’d love to spend an evening comparing notes.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Elizabeth Allston Pringle, whose life was the inspiration for CAROLINA GOLD. She was a woman ahead of her time, a wonderful writer, a woman of great faith and courage.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
These are very difficult days in traditional publishing. Some markets have been decimated by the glut of backlist ebooks currently available for much lower costs than new print books. We all may have to adapt, to at least do some of our publishing in the digital environment. I’m hopeful that once the glut is absorbed, the traditional houses will start acquiring more projects again. Until then, continue to read everything, write every day, improve your skills and you’ll be ready when the pendulum swings back again.
That’s very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
CAROLINA GOLD is inspired by the life of Elizabeth Allston Pringle, a 19th century woman rice planter. Like Elizabeth, my heroine, Charlotte Fraser returns to her family’s
rice plantation after the war in
hopes of restoring the lands and reclaiming her old way of life. But Fairhaven
Plantation is in ruins, her father’s former slaves are free, the freedmen don’t
always honor the labor contracts they’ve made, and to make matters worse, Dr.
Nicholas Betancourt, a new neighbor, has arrived on the river with news that he
may in fact be the owner of Wacamaw River Charlotte’s
land. Her struggle to survive and her search for proof of ownership turns up
some startling secrets about her family’s past, complicating her growing
attraction to Nicholas and his two motherless daughters.
Please give us the first page of the book.
3 March 1868
In a quiet alcove off the hotel lobby Charlotte Fraser perched on a worn horsehair chair, nursing a cup of lukewarm tea. A wind-driven freshet lashed the windows and roiled the bruise-colored sky, sending the pedestrians along
scurrying for shelter, jostling one another amid a sea of black umbrellas.
She glanced at the clock mounted on the wall above the polished mahogany reception desk and pressed a hand to her midsection to quell her nerves. An hour remained before her appointment with her father’s lawyer. She had anticipated the meeting for weeks with equal measures of hope and dread, her happiness at the prospect of returning home to the river tempered by fear of what she would find waiting for her. In the war’s crushing aftermath, Fortune had cast her powerful eye upon all of the Lowcountry and passed on by.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me on my official website, www.DorothyLoveBooks.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dorothylovebooks.
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