Author Spotlight: Dorothy Love

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Jim Rubart is Jean Smith! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week Dorothy Love is in the spotlight again! To win a copy of her new book Every Perfect Gift, leave a comment on this post! 

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Read 100 books for every one you write. I have not yet achieved that ratio, but I read as many other authors as I possibly can.

What was your biggest break?

My first big break came in the early 1990’s when a small, independent publishing house in New York bought my first book for young readers and sold the paperback rights to Random House. That little book stayed in print for 9 years in hardcover and for several more in paperback and launched my first authorial career. Then in 2009, I switched to writing for the CBA and for adults, and sold my first adult series to Thomas Nelson Fiction.

I’m inspired by…

The lives of 19th century Southern women who were forced by the war to become the mothers of invention. I am in awe of what they accomplished and what they endured. Most of my books are inspired by the lives of one or more of those remarkable women. I hope I do them justice.

My great adventure has been…

Life itself! I’ve been so blessed to be able to write and teach writing, my twin passions. I have a great husband who shares my love of learning, history, and travel. I have wonderful friends and colleagues who lift me up and inspire me every day.

The one thing I hope to discover is…

How to hit the New York Times bestseller list

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

Italy. Specifically Tuscany. I want to take a house there and spend a couple of months living like the locals, immersing myself in the food, culture, and life of Siena. Sigh.

If you have only…an hour…

An hour to work? I catch up on email, because I need long stretches of time to write a novel and can’t do it an hour here and there. An hour to play? Head out to a hiking trail with my husband and the golden retrievers. An hour to worship? Meditate, read from Psalms. An hour to eat? Gelato from our local company called Da Vinci. It is the best stuff this side of Rome.

Describe yourself in one word


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My goldens and then if there was time, my manuscript and my photo albums.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

Well, nothing compares on the surreal scale to the moment when that first book contract comes through. Usually it happens after many years of practice and disappointment, and then the call comes…and you HOPE it isn’t a dream…..

What drives you to succeed?

The belief that books matter. That they can change lives for the better.

Best Surprise

Twenty five years ago I had my eye on a certain wrist watch I really loved but it was too expensive and I forgot about it. My husband surprised me with it on Christmas morning. I’ve worn it every day since. Except for when it has to go in for overhaul.

Best Saturday Afternoon Read

Almost any book by any of my favorite Southern writers: Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price, Josephine Humphries, Gail Godwin, the overly-florid but greatly beloved Pat Conroy.

Best Forgotten Custom

Writing letters to people on beautiful stationery with a lovely pen.

Best Way to Break a Sweat

Hiking uphill with two lively dogs.

Best Style Icon

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her style was elegant and timeless.

Best Time-Waster


Best Indulgence

Sleeping late then going out for breakfast and reading the papers. And a long warm bath with Dancing Goat soap. I discovered it in a shop in South Carolina and I love that stuff.

Best Advice

Bobby McFerrin said it best: Don’t worry. Be happy.

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  1. Katie Johnson says:

    I really enjoyed the interview. I would love to win a copy of Every Perfect Gift.

  2. Mary B says:

    I’ve never read any of Dorothy Love’s books, but if the cover is any indication, this one looks wonderful! Would love to win it. Love the questions you asked her and her answers, especially the ‘one hour’ one.

  3. I would love to win a copy of this book.I love the cover and i know it would be a really good book.Thanks

  4. I could read the hundred books with no problem but I sure couldn’t write one. Enjoyed the interview. Would love to win your book.

  5. Debbie Curto says:

    love the cover! I have never read any of her books but would like to !

  6. I am so looking forward to “Every Perfect Gift”! “Beyond all Measure” and “Beauty for Ashes” blew me away with fascinating characters, historical detail, and a town full of secrets!

  7. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Beautiful cover. The book sounds very interesting. Please accept my entry.

  8. I’ve read and reviewed a few of Dorothy Love’s books…they are wonderful!
    I love that you would save your dogs before your manuscripts …you know what is important and irreplaceable!

  9. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    My husband said that i could read a hundred books with no problem too. I have never tried to write one. Guess only God knows if I can. Would love a chance to win Every Perfect Love by Dorothy Love.

  10. Anne Payne says:

    I’ve read Dorothy’s books and I’ve had my eye on this one since the cover was first revealed! Can’t wait to read this story. I know it will be as good as the others.

    Never heard of that soap but it sounds like a real treat! And I would sigh if I could go to Italy too 🙂

  11. I enjoy reading books by this author and just love the cover on this new one. thanks for sharing comments today with Dorothy and the giveaway of this book. I would love to be in the drawing.

    Paula O

  12. Amanda T says:

    Sounds like a great book to win!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Suzanne says:

    I love this cover, too! Would grab it off a book shelf, wouldn’t you?
    Thanks, Dorothy, for being a part of Author Spotlight today!

  14. Linda McFarland says:

    Oh I really enjoyed the interview with writer Dorothy Love….I love forward to reading her books….and I too would love the opportunity to win Dorothy Love’s new book ‘Every Perfect Love’……………

  15. Donna C Taylor says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Love the book cover. Thank you for the opportunity to try to win! God Bless.

  16. Jennifer E. says:

    I have never heard of Dorothy Love, but I am learning a lot about a lot of new authors recently. I’m enjoying expanding my reading selections from more well known books to newer ones. I’d be interested in this book to get a feel for her writing. Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. Sandra Schultz Hurt says:

    “Every Perfect Gift” looks to be a great read! Would love to win and read on a cozy couch since cooler weather is about to set in.

  18. Megan Parsons says:

    I enjoyed the interview and learning about Dorothy Love! I would love to win her book! Thanks! makeighleekyleigh at

  19. Angie Ochoa says:

    What a great interview! Just the cover of the book makes me want to read it! I love finding new (to me) authors!

  20. Jennifer says:

    This looks like a good one!! Would love to win!!

  21. Patti Thiele says:

    Love the cover! Would love to win this book!

  22. Kathy says:

    The cover is beautiful. I always enjoy discovering authors that are new to me. Looking forward to reading this! Thank you and Good luck everyone!!!

  23. Kathie from Ca says:

    I had a dear Christian missionary friend named Dorothy Love. I would love to read a story by another Dorothy Love. I also love the era her books are set in!

  24. Judy Fritz says:

    I’ve never read any of Dorothy Love’s books but I’d love to read this one. Would love to win this Book!!!

  25. Jean Smith says:

    I would love to win copy of Every Pefect Gift. It sounds very interesting.

  26. grams says:

    I always enjoy reading a new author to me. Would love to win.

  27. Kathy Milburn says:

    I never read any of her books, would love to enter in this contest..and the cover, very pretty!

  28. Betty says:

    When will or when was this book released? Would love to read it. Thanks

  29. The cover is just great. Makes a person want to hold it in their hand and read it in one setting. Love to have it.

  30. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story 🙂

  31. angela chesnut says:

    I love the cover of this book. I would love to win a copy.

    • Connie says:

      Just searched what this book is about, it sounds perfect. Love to read, now I have to read the first two Hickory Ridge Romance books!!! Would love to read this one too!!

  32. Linda McFarland says:

    Love being introduced to new authors. The cover of Every Perfect Love is beautiful. Very eye-catching, would make me want to read it and hopefully I’ll win but if not will definitely be a book I will check out. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book…Linda

  33. the cover of book is absolutely amazing! would love to win this!

  34. This was a really great interview. Thanks, Suzanne and Dorothy. Boy, Dorothy, that must be a very good watch if you are still wearing it. I would sure love to win this book of yours. Please enter me Suzanne. Thanks ladies!
    Maxie ( )

  35. Lyn says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Plan to read this book in the future. Really pretty cover

  36. carol weston says:

    I had a muff like the one on the cover and would love to read the book! plus more information about dancing goat soap would be appreciated.

  37. kristin j says:

    The cover of this book caught my eye~~it is beautiful!!!! I have not yet had the priviledge to read one of Dorothy’s books yet. So, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!!
    I really enjoyed reading your interview. I hope that someday, you will be able to buy a house in Touscany.
    Kristin J

  38. Carol Carman says:

    Books DO change peoples’ lives! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks!

  39. Cathy H says:

    Please enter me to win! 🙂

  40. Jes says:

    Enjoyed the interview! The book cover is eye-catching! 🙂

  41. Tabitha Rex says:

    I agree, books DO matter. I love reading and have since I was very young. =)

  42. If I win, would you slip in a bar of Dancing Goat soap ~ sounds interesting! Thanks for the interview! Kathleen