Interview: Joanna Davidson Politano, Author of LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS

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  Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 416
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When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet house guest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance—and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.


Praise for Lady Jayne Disappears:

“Emotional. Intriguing. Both haunting and romantic. . . In her historical fiction debut, Joanna Davidson Politano delivers a smart plot that navigates twists and turns with a mixture of wit, intelligent characters, and a refreshingly original voice. Reminiscent of Dickens’ classic storytelling, Lady Jayne Disappears is a debut to remember!”
Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice

“Wonderfully unique, this compelling debut grabs you from the first intriguing line. The evocative English setting, textured characters, literary theme, and unusual romance make Lady Jayne Disappears a standout, the lovely cover offering a hint of the gem within. A must read!”
Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night




Why did you choose to write in your particular sub-genre?

I write historical novels because I dearly love family histories and vintage settings. It’s strongly applicable to our modern hearts even with a historical setting because humanity changes so little through time. The small nuances that have changed make for a fresh scene to paint the story.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I love that it was so unexpected! I sat down to write this book for fun as a new stay-at-home mom when my daughter napped, and I never intended to publish it. I just thought I’d take every element I ever wanted to write into a story and use the writing voice and tone I loved, even if no one else ever read it. That gave me such freedom to simply enjoy this book’s unfolding. I didn’t set out with a plot or outline, only a small nugget of an idea that formed around the characters as they appeared on the scene. I truly delighted in every line of this book.

What are some day jobs that you have held? Did any of them impact your writing?

I used to be a medical writer for a pharmaceutical company. It’s odd to think it influenced my writing of historical fiction novels, but it certainly did! After eight or so years typing up sentences to describe clinical trials and reagent testing, all this color and creativity came bursting out of me onto the page with more energy than I ever could have written had I not bottled it up for so long to attend to my day job.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Future books will likely include a hint of each of my favorite story elements—big old houses, shadowy mysteries, quirky and enjoyable heroines, and a love story. Victorian England is the setting for everything currently in the works, and the next two include a vineyard and a countess.

How important are names to you in your books?

Selecting names is like nibbling on chocolate for me—it’s my treat! I delight in crafting the name that best portrays each character and what has shaped them. I want the name to trigger an image of the character, presenting both their physical and internal traits. It should be so specific to the character who bears it that the reader will immediately recall who is being discussed when a certain name appears on the page.


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 on her website.

Grand Prize: Copy of Lady Jayne Disappears + 18pc Book Lover’s Basket
2nd Prize: Copy of Lady Jayne Disappears + Vintage Library Pendant Necklace
3rd Prize: Copy of Lady Jayne Disappears + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
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