Momtrends: How were you able to incorporate your love for New York and the Lowcountry into one of this summer’s most highly anticipated reads, All Summer Long?
Dottie: I think it’s important for people to have an anchor, a place where they feel like they belong. Throughout the years of Olivia’s marriage to Nick she comes to understand how that feeling of security, that sense of belonging someplace on the planet can give you peace. Sullivan’s Island is Nick’s gift to Olivia. It was his parents who taught him how to cherish life by loving his family and by taking a sense of pride in knowing he was part of something larger – the continuum of his family’s history in the greater context of South Carolina’s past, present and future. A person should know who they are, where they came from and where they are going. We all need direction as much as we all need to feel grounded. At the end of the day, Nick and Olivia feel like they can always have New York but Sullivan’s Island has given them a future rooted in the past.
Momtrends: Let’s talk about your main characters, Olivia Ritchie and Nicholas Seymour. What makes these two polar opposites such a perfect pair?
Dottie: Well, he brings other ideas to the table for consideration and she brings other worlds to him.
Momtrends: As moms, how can we best embrace life’s uncertainties, similar to what Olivia encounters in her journey, as we enter the next season of our lives?
Dottie: You have to trust the ones you love. That sounds simple but it’s really a tall order. Whether it’s seeking the advice of good friends or family members or a spouse, it’s important to listen to someone’s counsel when making a life-changing decision. For someone like Olivia who always had to be in control, moving to South Carolina was a huge leap of faith. But she loved Nick so very dearly that she would’ve gone anywhere with him. It’s complicated to make that kind of move with someone else and it was very profound for Olivia. Letting Nick call the shots underscored Olivia’s commitment to him.
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Momtrends: What is the easiest way for fans to keep abreast of your latest happenings, including tour dates and special promotions for book clubs?
Dottie: Stop by my web site at www.dotfrank.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
Momtrends: Are you currently at work on your next novel? If so, what may you share with our readers?
Dottie: I am. What can I share? Well, I’ll tell you this. It’s a targeted look at marriage, children and all the joys and frustrations of commitment. And it’s pretty hilarious. So far. At least I think so. And it’s pithy. (I always wanted to use that word.) Have a great summer and I hope your readers enjoy ALL SUMMER LONG!
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