Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Day 2 - Interview with Author Jessica Dotta

Jessica Dotta's Bio:

Born in the wrong century‚ except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines‚ Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area‚where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write or work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler‚ but the dog insists it's a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won't cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can't win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.

Jessica is giving away a copy of her newest novel, Mark of Distinction. To enter this giveaway,
leave a comment.

Thanks for joining us again today, Jessica. What are you working on now?

Hopefully I'm nearing the final edit of the last book of the trilogy, and I have two other novels that have patiently waited to be written. Both set in the same era of the 1830's.

A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

What a great question! I've discovered that I'll work on a book for as long as I'm allowed, so deadline is probably a good thing for me.

Describe your workspace.

Here's my current workspace:


Describe your dream workspace.

Wouldn’t this be lovely, though?

Photo credit is:

Rachel Ashwell's beach house is my dream place.
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

I would have said Jane Eyre before, but in truth I can only say that reluctantly. I wouldn't want to be anyone in a novel, much less a historic one.

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

I've been so busy working that I can't truly answer this one. At times it does seem as if someone's level of respect goes up if they find out you write books. The number one question I get is: Do you make any money at it? The second question is: Why are you working here, then?

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

It's not the end of the race. It's the beginning. The workload quadruples once you're published.

What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

I hope Julia's story awakens the belief that no person, regardless of his or her past, his or her injury, or what people collectively think about them is beyond the healing power of Christ. Thankfully God alone determines who we are, and in His hands the least likely person has potential for greatness.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Keep reading to the next generation!

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win Jessica Dotta's new novel, Mark of Distinction.


Lis K said...

Your workspace is so organized! I'd love to see Julia's spiritual arc throughout this trilogy. Thanks for the giveaway!
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petite said...

Your novels would provide me with an escape which would be captivating and unforgettable. Mark of Distinction would be an experience. Best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Merry said...

I love your dream workspace... over looking the ocean, wonderful!
I'm looking forward to your newest book.
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting jessica. I enjoyed the interview. So Jessica, you mean your story would never end if you didn't have a limit on words or a deadline to meet. Ha-Ha-Ha! First time I've heard this one but I must admit it is a good one. :) The cover on your book is very pretty and I would love to win it. Thanks for a chance to do that. GOD bless you and your work. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jessica Dotta said...

Thanks everyone for commenting! So sorry I didn't visit by sooner. Been super busy with a new job.

Lis, I am very excited for the completion of Julia's arc in the third book. Hope you enjoy!

Maxie, ha, that's entirely possibly that the story would never end :-)

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