Jessica Dotta: Discover more…and a giveaway

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Discover more about

Jessica Dotta

and her historical trilogy

Price of Privilege

Tyndale House


What appeals to you most about writing fiction?

I love story. Deeply. Truly.

There are some truths that are difficult to see unless they’re birthed in story. Story allows us to wrestle out our fears, our indignations, our hopes, and to face faults that otherwise would devastate us. It gives us another lens in which to filter life, allowing false perceptions to break.

I’ve heard some people say they avoid story because they’ll end up neglecting their housework. I’m the opposite—I actively seek such stories. For when I find one that powerful, I often find the very tension between two alternatives about life that I’m trying to learn.

I’ve found that the act of writing fiction takes one deeper than reading it. As I write, I have to keep unearthing more and more to get to the heart of what I really believe.

Why Christian fiction?

I don’t know if this is going to sound cliché, but I haven’t got a choice. I cannot escape my worldview, and since I tend to view everything through the lens of what on earth is God doing in this situation that question begs to be answered in my writing as well.

My goal is to write well, and writers are encouraged to expose all that is on their heart and mind, to be willing to walk down the street without clothing on, as the advise goes. And I believe there is so much more at work during crisis than we can see, because there is a spiritual realm that is enacting its own struggle. And the truths of such moments are often tied up in that invisible realm. Questions like why does God allow suffering, or why should it matter if we give up or not—are begging to be explored.


Name five things you can’t live without

  • Time with my daughter. It’s my absolute favorite way to spend a day.
  • Introverted Time – when depleted I require alone time to replenish.
  • Ellie & Lucy – One is the most stubborn dachshund you’ve ever met and the other is all cuddles’; they’re so welcome in my life.
  • Coffee, if there ever comes a day when it’s not available, I’m going to have a massive headache followed by general empty feeling that something is missing from my life.
  • A big kitchen – something I am currently missing from my life. Most of my awesome cooking stuff is packed away in a closet.

Favourite book ~ Favourite movie ~ Favourite TV show

Jane Eyre! I really believe it’s the best novel written.

Life is Beautiful is an extraordinary movie and worth watching.

My favorite television show switches between Downton Abbey and the new Doctor Who.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

I love New York City. It practically hums with life and is a cacophony of harsh noises competing with an ever-moving sea of people. It’s very thrilling to stand in Manhattan and realize that you’re part of this, too. It’s the opposite of looking at the stars and feeling awestruck by our insignificant. Both are fabulous experiences.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

From the time I could read, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

The Price of PrivilegePrice of Privilege

Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.

Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.

Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.

Which character did you connect to the most?

I can honestly say I connected to all my characters. I wrote them as human as I could—full of flaws, inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies.  As the author, I know more of the story than could be seen through Julia’s eyes and I fully enjoyed creating them.

Which character was the most difficult to write?

Edward is the most difficult, as I keep trying to direct him and make him likable. Quite frankly, it’s Edward’s nature not to care one whit whether people like him or not. I finally had to just let him stomp through the pages of the novel at will. Nothing else was working.

Describe each of Julia, Edward, Isaac and Macy in 3 adjectives:

Julia: Tenacious, Obstinate, Passive

Macy: Alluring, Sardonic, Machiavellian

Edward: Inflexible, Straightforward, Guileless

Isaac: Compassionate, Polished, Suavity


What was your favourite scene to write in trilogy or share your favourite paragraph:

From Mark of Distinction:

         I clutched Isaac’s sleeve and looked up at him, stunned. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. A sea of sparkling, starry people clothed the house. Expensive French perfumes mixed with scents of talc powder and the hypnotic fragrance of flowers. Here were collected the powerful, the affluent, the beautiful, and they all welcomed us. Men stood and bowed to Isaac, while their ladies gave me their most affecting head nods. For one magnificent moment, I belonged amongst them.

            Joy shone in Isaac’s eyes as he watched me. This was his world. His arena. He looked as eager to introduce me to it as a child on Christmas morn. Keeping my hand in his, he slowly led me to my chair, then pressed my hand to his lips—giving London the show of affection they desired. Programs rustled as partners nudged one another, urging them to watch Lord Dalry’s wooing of the Emerald Heiress.

What’s next in your writing pipeline?

I am in the process of submitting two different book proposals through my agent. They are night and day different, and I’m curious to see which one is next.

Thank you, Jessica!

Relz Reviewz Extras
Review of Born of Persuasion
Jessica’s Author Alert
Visit Jessica’s website and blog
Buy from Amazon: Price of Privilege or Koorong

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22 Responses to Jessica Dotta: Discover more…and a giveaway

  1. My favorite Gothic romance? I can’t recall reading any.

  2. I’m not sure which books are Gothic so can’t really answer. Are these books considered Gothic? If so I like these. Thanks Jessica and Relz for this give-away. Love all of these covers, tho to be honest I love to see their faces. GOD bless you both. Maxie

  3. Are historical books considered Gothic? I also am not sure that means. I like Walden and Harriet Beacher Stowe , but I am not sure that is the right time period. Your books look wonderful.

  4. I would have to say Northanger Abbey, if that counts. I don’t usually describe my reading as Gothic. But, I would love to win this one and find out!

  5. Born of Persuasion is the only Gothic I can recall reading. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Rel, I’m thrilled you featured Jessica. As her critique partner, I’ve loved these books for years! I always knew one day, Jessica would make a huge splash in the literary world. And I know which of those proposals I want to see chosen! And you’d be surprised.

    If anyone hasn’t read this series, they’re in for a treat. You don’t need to enter me in the drawing, I just wanted to stop by and say “hey” (that’s a Georgia hello)

  7. Many years ago I fell in love with the author Mary Stewart and I have read most of her novels. The knew that comes to mind is My Brother Michael.

  8. Born of Persuasion! hands down!

  9. I am not sure what is defined as Gothic, but I loved these books. I read the second book first and was thrilled to realize I had the first book on my kindle, which left me on pins and needles waiting for The Price of Privilege to come out. This was a great series and I look forward to future books from Jessica Dotta!

  10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen would have to be my favorite Gothic novel <3 Mostly for Mr. Tilney <3 And, the fact that the main character is a silly dreamer (much like the stereotype for women in that time and sadly still today in a lot of ways) but then she changes and breaks out of that. Wonderful character growth. Plus, it's Austen <3

  11. Not sure I know the dates that designate a novel as “gothic”, but I truly enjoy historical fiction.

  12. Reading this post and how she described this series and characters made me realize I’m still not over this series ending…I loved every word I read in all three books. Isaac…sigh…..

    Another recent and fav gothic novel? Mist of Midnight! Sandra Byrd blew that out of the water!

    I really want to re-read both of them. Maybe after INPSYs :)

  13. My favorite Gothic author would be Victoria Holt.

  14. I don’t really have a favorite as I tend to enjoy the book I’m currently reading as the one I like the most. I can’t help it, it doesn’t matter what genre or author it is, if a story is well written and pulls me in,that becomes my favorite book until I pick up the next.

  15. I am new to Gothic Romance so I don’t have a favorite yet.

  16. I would say Northanger Abbey by Austen. Thanks for the giveaway, I have read the first two and look forward to see how the story continues.

  17. Jane Eyre is one of my top five favorites! Love re-reading it :)

    I am not sure if they are classified as Gothic technically but I read a ton of Victoria Holt books growing up – they are still some of my favorites. I also love Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  18. Deanne Patterson

    I have read all of the V.C. Andrews books and a few of Julie Klassen’s books as well. I recently finished Dorothy Love’s book The Bracelet and enjoyed it alot. The over of the book is gorgeous and it sounds excellent. I would love to read it and the others. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity !

  19. I don’t have a favorite Gothic romance. Price of Privilege sounds excellent. Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. What makes a book be Gothic? Maxie

  21. Brittany Keating

    I’m not exactly sure what is considered Gothic, but I’ve always enjoyed Jane Eyre. And Julie Klassen is one of my absolute favorite authors.

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