About the Author
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at https://jdpstories.com/.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
That's like asking me to pick a favorite book! Oh my, can I say all of them? Alllll the desserts! I have a terrible sweet tooth that I regularly indulge :)
2. What is your beverage of choice?
Ok now my oddities come out--Pink grapefruit juice! It's my guilty pleasure :)
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
Ooh, Charade! I love, love, love how that movie constantly surprised me. I also loved several movies based on classic books--Our Mutual friend, A Good Woman (Lady Windemere's Fan), and Little Dorritt. I could watch those over and over!
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
Anywhere my husband is <3 We went to Scotland on our honeymoon, and I'd go there again in a heartbeat. Anywhere we can explore old ruins and beautiful countryside.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
Actually, I think it was just my addiction to stories in general. Movies, books, personal anecdotes and backstories... it all drew me. I just love to sit down with someone I know (or THINK I know) and hear their story, seeing new layers open like flower petals.
2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
I think my childhood ambitions ran the gamut from lawyer to Biblical counselor. Now I get to write stories and stay home to play with my babies. Turns out that "growing up" looks a lot like childhood, so I'm not sure I ever really grew up :)
3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
Oh so many! I love everything written by Kristy Cambron, Lori Benton, Joanne Bischof, and the Thoenes. Reading their stories make me so excited for books and imaginary tales and weaving word pictures.
4. When you are not writing, what other activities do you enjoy?
I love playing with my kiddos more than anything, and they're my "day job" so I do a lot of that! We climb trees and play trucks on the floor and have long, involved games of pretend. I also love playing the piano and singing praise music at the top of my lungs with them. Outside of that, I have a great group of friends I love being around.
Book Related Questions
1. This is your debute novel and you are publishing with Revell. Who helps represent you and your books and how did you become involved with Revell?
Yes, Revell has blown me away! I've loved writing for them and I'm proud to be one of their authors. They are gracious and talented and lots of fun. I'm represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency, and I owe my involvment with Revell to her. She made the connection and showed them my proposal and worked out all the details.
2. What inspired the idea for Lady Jayne Disappears?
Well, a combination of things. First, I ran across a brief story about the three Bronte sisters approaching their publisher to inform him that they were the famous Bell brother writers (their pen names) and it took a while to convince him that these shy girls were those famous "male" authors. I loved that image! Second, I remembered writing stories anonymously as a kid and having them get passed around the class without anyone knowing who wrote them. I wrote about the people in my class and had a lot of fun giving the shy, overlooked kids superpowers and putting bullies in their place. So out of those things came a story about a girl who published stories about her family under a pen name and caused a lot of chaos in the household.
3. What do you want readers to take away from reading Lady Jayne Disappears?
I want them to take an eternal perspective on their purpose, their life journey, and even their identity. My hope is also that people will start to shift their focus off of what people think of them and more onto what God is asking of them, and who God defined them to be. We will always notice what people think of us, but that should be in our peripheral vision, with God looming much larger in our sights than the opinions of others. God should be the "finish line" we're staring at as we work and serve and live, nothing else.
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