Dorothy Love is funny, smart and wise. When I asked her what quote inspires her as a writer, she gave me three:
“When the itch of literature comes over a man ( Or a woman: Dorothy) nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. ”
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
Ellmore Leonard’s response to the question: What should I write for money? “Ransom notes.”
Imagine a writer with a wise but wry smile saying these quotes. That’s Dorothy.
After writing and publishing fifteen books for children and young adults, Dorothy decided to reinvent herself as a writer and signed a three book contract for a series of INSPY historical novels for adults. INSPY is not an acronym but a shortening of the word “inspirational.” Says Dorothy, “INSPY novels explore the protag’s spiritual life, (or lack thereof) in the context of the overall plot.” The three books will be published as the Hickory Ridge series, set near the Smoky Mountains in 1871. The first book Beyond All Measure debuts June 7, 2011. “I still love kids and YA literature but I had to move on and write something I could sell since I no longer know how to do anything else.”
Insert wry smile.
If you would like to witness her wit and wisdom and wry smile in person, Dorothy will be in Austin on May 21 to give a talk at Book People on “The Care and Feeding of Agents and Editors.”