Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love

Welcome to Author Dorothy Love.


A native of west Tennessee, Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their two golden retrievers. An accomplished author in the secular market, Dorothy makes her debut in Christian fiction with the Hickory Ridge novels. Hometown: San Antonio, Texas.

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If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Since the Lord is always a guest at my table, besides Him, if I could invite anyone from the past, I’d choose Mohandas Ghandi whose example of nonviolence still shines as a beacon throughout the world. Robert E Lee, the Confederate general. Not for his military prowess but for the deep humanity, love, and faith demonstrated in his letters to his wife and daughters during the war. Most people don’t know what a great family man he was, how much he loved children, how deep his faith was. When I think of “Southern gentleman” it’s his war-ravaged face I see in my mind’s eye. Thomas Jefferson. From the present: Pat Conroy because despite his sometimes flowery prose, his books speak to the part of me that is in love with the Carolina low country. If he were coming to dinner, I’d buy the fixin’s for shrimp and grits, or for his delicious gumbo, and invite him into the kitchen. I hear he’s a fabulous cook. And my literary heroine, Harper Lee. But I understand she rarely accepts invitations.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A good book, SPF 50 sunscreen, and a Swiss army knife.

What is one book everyone should read?
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Their true story is so unlikely most editors would reject it as unpublishable as a novel. I loved it.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Saint Paul. His advice is still as relevant today as when he first wrote it.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird.

Pet Peeves?
Seeing Jane Austen’s name spelled “Austin” by people who should know better. Any kind of grammatical error bugs me. Chalk it up to too many years teaching English during the years when grammar and language mattered. It seems not to matter very much these days.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Oh, definitely M and M’s. With peanuts, please.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It entertains and edifies.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My second Hickory Ridge novel, BEAUTY FOR ASHES comes out next February and the third, EVERY PERFECT GIFT later in 2012. My goals are always the same: to tell a good story and to open a window onto the past, giving my readers glimpses into what life was like in the 19th century.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I love history and find it fascinating. I love sharing my passion for it with my readers. I’ve always enjoyed making up stories. My father encouraged me to read and write from an early age. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting mail from readers who tell me they enjoyed the book or that the book helped them in some way in their personal lives. Maya Angelou once said that we should strive to be the silver lining in the clouds hanging over others’ heads. It’s deeply rewarding when I get reader mail that tells me I’ve achieved that.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read fifty books for every one you want to write, and write something every day.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I love the beach. I’d choose Solana Beach, California, or Kiawah island, South Carolina. When I can wake to the sound of the ocean and watch the sun come up over the ocean, my soul is at peace and I’m a happy girl.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
A whole host of Southern authors: Horton Foote, the playwright, novelists Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price, Pat Conroy, Cassandra King, Josephine Humphries, Harper Lee and Margaret Mitchell. I love Jane Austen, some of Dickens.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be open to new opportunities. Approach each day with a teachable spirit and a grateful heart.

Favorite Candy?
Peter Paul Mounds. Dark chocolate and coconut. Doesn’t get better than that.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin. I love her historical novels. Pat Conroy is working on a new novel based upon his father’s life and tentatively titled The Death of Santini. I’m not sure when it will be out. Probably not this year, but I will be at the bookstore on laydown day to claim my copy.

As a child I was called “Dottie”. Some of my older aunts still call me by that name. It is not my favorite nickname. Some of my closest friends call me “Doro”. My husband calls me “Honey-bunny” often shortened to “HB.” That one is my favorite.

How do you react to a bad review?
If the criticism is constructive and specific in terms of how I can improve plotting, characters, structure, etc, I take it to heart and try to learn from it. If it’s vague and mean-spirited just for the sake of sarcasm, I try not to let it bother me.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I really don’t care that much about material things. I’d be sure my mom was taken care of, I’d give some money to charities, and then I’d buy a little beach cottage. Nothing fancy.

What do you do in your free time?
Writing and looking after my husband, house and two golden retrievers keep me very busy but when I have free time, I take a book and a pitcher of iced tea into my sunroom and curl up on my comfy sofa. That room has three walls of windows that overlook our back garden. I love to watch the birds, squirrels, butterflies, and the occasional armadillo going about their lives back there.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Gelato from the little shop near my house. Iced chai latte. Sleeping late on Saturday morning.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Gone With the Wind or The Prince of Tides.

Favorite places to travel?
Anywhere with a beach. Bermuda, Hawaii, the east and west coasts. We spent three weeks in New Zealand several years ago. Fascinating trip.

Favorite music?
I love almost everything. Jazz: Harry Conick, Jr. Eddie Daniels, and Dianna Krall. Blues: BB King. Rock: Elvis, The Eagles, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon. Country: Martina McBride, my hometown hero George Strait, Lady Antebellum.

Write a Haiku about your book
Lonely girl travels
In search of her fortune and
Finds her faith and love

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Pat Conroy.

Beyond All Measure

Unless she can trust God’s love to cast out her fears, Ada may lose the heart of a good man.
Ada Wentworth, a young Bostonian, journeys to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War. Alone and nearly penniless following a broken engagement, Ada accepts a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis, a pillar of the community and aunt to the local lumber mill owner, Wyatt Caldwell. Ada intends to use her millinery skills to establish a hat shop and secure her future.
Haunted by unanswered questions from her life in Boston, Ada is most drawn to two townsfolks: Wyatt, a Texan with big plans of his own, and Sophie, a mulatto girl who resides at the Hickory Ridge orphanage. Ada’s friendship with Sophia attracts the attention of a group of locals seeking to displace the residents of Two Creeks, a “colored” settlement on the edge of town. As tensions rise, Ada is threatened but refuses to abandon her plan to help the girl.
When Lillian dies, Ada is left without employment or a place to call home. And since Wyatt’s primary purpose for staying in Hickory Ridge was to watch over his aunt, he can now pursue his dream of owning Longhorns in his home state of Texas.
With their feelings for each other growing, Ada must decide whether she can trust God with her future and Wyatt with her heart.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Beyond All Measure
Open to US & Canada
Ends 11/14/11