Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Interview: Joanna Davidson Politano

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LadyJaneWhat inspired this novel? How did it come about?

Before writing my debut novel, I had written a few other books that didn’t seem to quite capture the type of story I wanted to create. When my daughter was a baby, napping all afternoon, I sat down to write a “practice book” that would contain every fanciful story element I’d always loved with no regard for trends, industry expectations, or the opinion of others so I could tease apart what exactly I truly wanted to write. That practice storybecame my debut book.

What is the main theme of your book? 

The theme is about fitting in and belonging, which is something my heroine tries unsuccessfully to do when she enters the wealthy world of her extended family. She finds out that her differences are her assets and her failure to fit in is only to her benefit.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Weaving all the pieces of the plot together was challenging! Because it’s a mystery and contains several characters and subplots, I had to pay very close attention to timing, tiny details, and character attitudes to make sure it worked as a whole.

How did you come up with the concept and the setting?

I had a childhood habit of carrying out justice through stories I wrote, making characters out of the people around me and dealing with them there. What fun, I thought, if there was a girl in pious Victorian England spilling the secrets of her household under a pen name!

Is any part of LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS factual? 

It’s a completely fictional story with the most factual part being the research, from period details to settings I visited.

How much research did LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS take?

I have always read books written during the Victorian era, which gave a rich flavor of the society and people. Beyond that, I have visited the UK setting and read books about women writers, pen names, serial novels, and debtor’s prison. I actually acquired a local college library card to find sufficient material for this book!

What is the message you hope to get across in this story?

The important truth the heroine grasps is that she doesn’t fit into the world of her family, even though she desperately wants to belong, and that is all right. In fact, it’s a benefit to her, because their world is broken and Davidson Joannapainful.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

Truth is best delivered wrapped up in a lovely story, and I’m hoping my writing does that. I don’t necessarily set out to drive home a specific message, but my hope is that readers will be carried through an entertaining story while picking up little bits of encouraging truth along the way.

         

What other projects do you have or are working on right now?

My second book, a Victorian era historical novel set in a vineyard, will release in the summer of 2018. It centers on a search for the fortune of a man who has died suddenly without telling his family where he put his money. My third novel about a rag woman who suddenly finds herself with a new position that’s too good to be true, releases in the summer of 2019.

How can readers find you?

I have a blog and website at www.jdpstories.com and I love connecting with readers on my Facebook author pagewww.facebook.com/joannadavidsonpolitano.

 

Who or what has influenced you most as a/an author/writer?

The way Jesus told stories in the Bible fascinates me. They are simple, memorable tales conveying deep messages that are easily missed by the more learned minds present. Also, authors like Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis, and Roald Dahl stretched the limits of my imagination, encouraging me to reach beyond ideas that are expected or overdone to find something fresh and uniquely me.

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