Friday, February 15, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Lena Nelson Dooley!

It's so wonderful to welcome multipublished author, Lena Nelson Dooley!

Lena, what started you on your writing journey? 
In one word, God. Not only did He create me to be a writer, in 1984 He called me to write professionally. Your can read all about it on the About Me page of my website:

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
My husband. He’s the only person who has permission to bother me in my office, especially when I’m on deadline. Since he’s retired, he’s home all the time he’s not volunteering somewhere. So when he comes to ask me to go the movies, etc., if I’m not on a deadline (and sometimes when I am), I stop what I’m doing and spend time with him.

Spending time with family is important, I agree. So what kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love Christian novels, almost all genres. I really hate to name authors or titles, because I’ll invariably leave out some important ones. But I’d love for you to visit my blog, where I interview Christian authors and promote their latest books.

You do a great job promoting other authors. Tell us, which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I was fascinated by several characters and loved to watch them grow and develop in the book. Probably, both the hero and the heroine tied for being the most interesting. They both had a lot of growing to do.

For fun, if you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Contemporary Christian Worship music. I love the way that so many of the songs lift me to the very throne of God. And our church is home to several of the top Christian songwriters in the country. Most of them write the songs that my heart feels.

What is your strangest habit?

I’ve told my husband that if I were to be mentally ill, I’d have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. But I call myself a recovering perfectionist. It’s a long hard row to hoe. I even place my vitamin and mineral pills in a certain order on the cabinet or table before I take them. And they have to be straight. One thing this does is help me know if I’m taking all of them. I usually read while taking them, and I could forget one or another of them. I have to force myself not to straighten things that other people do.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Cleaning out my office. It becomes rather cluttered sometimes. And this doesn’t compute with the answer to the last question.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

Actually, I’ll eat almost anything when I’m with family and friends. I love spending the time with people and what we eat doesn’t matter. But I do love Tex-Mex, Italian, and American food. If you want a recipe, go to my web site and click on the recipes tab. You’ll find some recipes I’ve gotten from other places and changed, and many of the recipes I created.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

All my books have one or more of these themes: forgiveness, bitterness, poor self-image, lack of commitment, inability to trust God.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

At various times in my Christian walk with the Lord, He has given different scriptures as a life verse for that season of my life. The latest one, which I’ve been pondering and applying to my life for several years is Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. There are so many layers of meaning in those few words. But most important to me is: That I may know Him.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Catherine’s Pursuit is my last contracted book. However two editors are interested in another series. My agent and I expect a contract from one of them. And I will soon receive a contract on a totally different kind of project, but I can’t reveal anything about it right now. Soon.

Exciting news! Thanks for joining us.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature. Lena is currently under a 3-book contract with Charisma House/Realms. The first book, Maggie’s Journey released in October 2011 and received the 2012 Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, released in May 2012.

In addition to her writing, Lena mentors other authors and received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blogtalk radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin, Pinterest and with her internationally connected blog ( ) where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

To buy her book, go here:
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Connect with Lena here:
Website: www.lenanelsondooley.comBlog: Http://




Official Fan Page:


Lena is giving away a copy of Catherine's Pursuit. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown







Wendy Newcomb said...

I would really love to win this book, thank you for the chance. The covers in this series are wonderful.


Anonymous said...

Hello Caroline. Glad to be here. Hope you had a good Valentine Day. And, to any of the others who might be hanging around. Ever since I first read of these triplets, I have wanted these books, but no luck yet. I so-so-so- so want to win this book Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Teela said...

Carolyn thanks for getting Lena in front of us! I would love to read her book. Catherine seems quite a colorful character!

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apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win I have her other two books in this series love to win this one.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Diana Flowers said...

OOPS Looks like you may have some spam in one of the above comments. :(

I love to read Lena's interviews and learn more about her! Love the OCD comment b/c I even line up my towels in order. My dad used to come up behind me when I was wiping the table or another household chore when I was a little girl and make me do it over and over again until that table was polished and you couldn't feel a thing on it. So I'm sure it stems from that.

As Lena already knows I loved the first two book in this series and reading the third one is a must for me! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win it!


Patty said...

I so enjoy Lena's blog promoting other authors, so it's nce to learn a bit more about her!


Cyndi said...

I have really enjoyed Lena's books and appreciate her interviews with other authors. As my church's librarian, I'm always on the lookout for new books and authors. :)

Cyndi W.

Merry said...

Lena's blog is really wonderful, one of my favorite places to check out new books. Please add me to the drawing, thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Amy C said...

So sweet that Lena drops what she is doing to spend time with her husband.
Lovely interview.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Thanks for offering the book as a giveaway! Hoping I win. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Catherine's Pursuit.

Katie J.

MsRubyKat said...

Enjoyed reading the interview and review. Would really love a chance to win Catherine's Pursuit. Read Maggie's Journey and really enjoyed it. Thanks you.

Karen G

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. It was nice to learn a little bit more about Lena. She certainly is a presence in the field of Christian fiction. I would be happy to have a copy of Catherine's Pursuit.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot)com

Lane Hill House said...

I am hoping I win a copy of Catherine's Pursuit!!! So eager to read this book to find out about the McKenna Girls' gathering! Exciting! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

So glad to see all of you here on this blog. I read every comment and loved every one.

MsRubyKat said...
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kay from NY said...

I really would like to win and read this book and the others in the series. They sound like great reading. Thank you for the opportunity.


Amy R.S. said...

These books have beautiful covers. I like seeing the different sisters. Would love to win this. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Thank you all for your interest in my books.

Kevlin said...

I hope I'm not late to enter this giveaway. Heard this series by Lena were excellent. I would love to win a copy of Catherine's Pursuit. Thank you for the chance to win.


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